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Rachel K Henesy, PhD

Antioch University New England

Educational History

PhD, Counseling & Counselor Education, University of Florida
MAE, EdS, Mental Health Counseling, University of Florida

Teaching Statement

My teaching philosophy is a synthesis of critical educational methods, developmental perspectives, and intersectionality. Inherent in critical education (Paulo Freire,1970) is the concept of social justice achieved through praxis, which is defined in critical education as a cycle of “reflection and action directed at the structures to be transformed” (Freire, 1970, p. 126). As discussed by Collins and Bilge (2016), critical education and intersectionality share common history, goals, and philosophical foundations. One major connection is the emphasis placed on analyses of systemic oppression and privilege, as well as the awareness that education can either reinforce existing injustices or provide students with “the kinds of critical thinking and problem posing skills that can remedy [inequalities and injustices]” (Collins & Bilge, 2016, p. 162). This latter option, the development of transformative skills, is often referred to as critical consciousness, or conscientização (Freire, 1970). Recently, several scholars have conceptualized intersectional pedagogy and “teaching intersectionality intersectionally” (Case, 2016; Naples, 2009). One core element that links critical and intersectional pedagogy is the use of dialogue and experiential methods to help students develop critical consciousness (Collins & Bilge, 2016). I emphasize small and large group discussions as well as various activities to support an active learning environment.

LGBTQ+ Affirmative Intersectional Counseling: Development and Evaluation of a Training Workshop

Chan, C., Henesy, R., & Erby, A. (2019). Towards praxis, promise, and futures of intersectionality in multimethod counseling research. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation.
Chan, C. & Henesy, R. (2018). Navigating intersectional approaches, methods, and interdisciplinarity to health equity in LGBTQ+ communities. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling.
West-Olatunji, C., Yang, M.J., Wolfgang, J., Henesy, R., & Yoon, E. (2017). Highlighting the challenges when conducting cross-national studies: Use of transcultural theory. Journal of Counseling & Development, 95(4), 457-464.
Henesy, R. (2020). LGBTQ+ Affirmative Intersectional Counseling: An Emerging Model. Featured presentation at the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE) 2020 conference.
Henesy, R., Puig, A., Machado, M., & Yoon, E. (2018). Examining literature about LGBTQ+ client in JCD: Tracking trends over time. Poster session presented at the American Counseling Association Annual Convention & Expo 2018, Atlanta.
Henesy, R., Puig, A., Machado, M., & Yoon, E. (2017). Examining publication trends of LGBTQ+ related literature in the Journal of Counseling & Development. Educational session presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2017 Conference, Chicago.
Henesy, R., Greenidge, T., Lutton, S., & Vella, J. (2016). Oppression and trauma: A strength-based approach to conceptualization and clinical interventions. Poster presentation at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2016 Conference, New Orleans.
Henesy, R. (2016). Incorporating intersectional theory into counseling research. Roundtable presentation at the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling 2016 Conference, Fort Lauderdale.
Graduate Student Award, 2018. Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling.
Emerging Leader, 2017. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Emerging Leader Program, 2016 – 2017. Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.
Outstanding Graduate Research Award, 2016. University of Florida College of Education.
Outstanding Entry-Level Student Award, 2014. Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society.
Outstanding Entry-Level Student Award, 2014. Chi Sigma Iota Beta Chapter.
Outstanding Masters Student Award, 2013. Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Committee Member: Special Committee on Public Policy, Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling, July 2018 – July 2019.
Graduate Student Trustee: Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, July 2018 – July 2019.
Graduate Student Representative: Florida Counseling Association, July 2017 – July 2018.
Sponsored Scholarship Program Co-Chair: Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, Spring 2017.
Committee Member: Florida Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling Legislative Advocacy Committee, February 2017 – August 2018.
Committee Member: Public Policy Committee, Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, September 2016 – August 2017.
Graduate Student Representative: Florida Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, August 2016 – July 2018.
Treasurer: Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development, July 2015 – July 2016.
Committee Member: LGBTQQIA Affirmative Counseling & Social Justice Committee,
Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, August 2013 – August 2016.
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Rachel Henesy

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

CONTACT INFORMATION

Courses Taught

Research & Evaluation in Counseling.
Social & Cultural Diversity.
Clinical Mental Health Internship.
Individual Appraisal.
Counseling Theories.
Basic Counseling Skills.
Conceptualization & Diagnosis.
Professional Identity & Ethics.

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