The Leaders Project
Join us as we explore the vital diversity of the counseling profession with 5 key questions posed to experts in the field.
Opportunities came in various ways. Some opportunities were likely not the result of my own merits but chance and privilege. Other opportunities came as a result of networking, relationship building, and saying “yes” when opportunities presented themselves. You might say that seizing an opportunity begets more opportunities, and eventually, you have to say “no” or at least “not now” to keep balance.
That’s where intentionality and motives become apparent. For instance, it has been helpful for me to intentionally plan, set goals, and then prioritize commitments that align with those goals. I also have found it essential to ensure that I am entering into a leadership opportunity with genuine motives and the ability to fulfill the duties of the position. I like to think that I have a desire serve others altruistically, but ultimately I have to ask myself if I am taking a position for my own esteem, accolades, and a line item on my CV or out of a genuine place of service. Having that honest conversation with myself has helped my decision-making process when deciding how to respond to an opportunity, whether it be “yes” or just “not now.”…read more
As a child of Puerto Rican parents, I remember hearing stories of racism and experiencing sexism growing up. These early experiences coupled with my Catholic education that emphasized serving others fueled my passion for social justice. During my college years and into my graduate education, this passion continued to thrive. I have this passion because I believe in the human right to live free of any type of harm, including those perpetrated by oppressive systems and ways of thinking. I have an eternal flame that fires up when I witness injustice and I must heed its call to take action…read more
Counselors are out there consistently trying to help others do better; to be better. As a whole, that then promotes the betterment of the human condition. When you stop and think about it, that is truly awe-inspiring…read more
Fred Gingrich, D.Min., AAMFT Approved Supervisor, has been Professor of Counseling at Denver Seminary since 2005. From 2007-2015 he was chair of the counseling division, a division with a CACREP accredited MA and an ACPE accredited Clinical Pastoral Education program…read more
Dr. Katherine M. Hermann-Turner is an Assistant Professor in Counselor Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She received her doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision with a specialization in couples and family…read more