The Thoughtful Counselor

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Apr 5, 2017

A conversation with Dr. Sidney Shaw  - Core Faculty in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Walden University and a Certified Trainer for the Center for Clinical Excellence - on addressing multiculturalism in counseling through humility, thoughtful response, and client feedback.

Sidney's Full Bio:

Dr. Sidney Shaw has been a mental health counselor since 2002 and he has worked in a variety of settings. His clinical experience includes working in rural community mental health in Alaska, Adventure Based Counseling in schools, medical clinic settings, Alaska Native villages, and private practice. Dr. Shaw has conducted trainings and presentations at national, regional, state, and local levels and was selected as the keynote speaker for a state counseling association annual conference. He has published in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, The Family Journal, and several articles in Counseling Today.

Originally from Georgia, Dr. Shaw now lives in New Mexico. He earned his Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Montana. His research interests are in feedback informed counseling, common factors, multicultural counseling, cultural humility, and counselor self-efficacy and self-assessment. When not teaching or wrestling with statistics he enjoys hiking with his wife and dog, traveling, and trying to make music on stringed instruments.

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