Dusty Destler, PhD
Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Core Faculty, Counselor Education & Supervision
I am happy to answer any questions about our counseling program, Antioch Seattle, or the counseling profession in general. Please feel free to send me an email.
Dusty earned an MS in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University and worked with children in elementary schools of the Medford School District. On the Big Island of Hawai’i, Dusty worked with teenagers and their families through Child & Family Service as a MultiSystemic Therapist. Dusty completed his doctoral studies in Counselor Education and Supervision at Idaho State University while serving the general Boise community through pro bono counseling and volunteer efforts with marginalized populations. Dusty holds a small private practice as a licensed counselor in Idaho and Washington State and is a board-certified telemental health provider. Dusty began teaching at AUS in 2018 and enjoys exploring Washington’s thrift stores and wilderness.
PhD Counselor Education & Supervision – Idaho State University, 2018
MS Mental Health Counseling – Southern Oregon University, 2011
BA Communications – University of California at San Diego, 2006
- American Counseling Association (2015 – Present)
- Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2015 – Present)
- Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (2018 – Present)
- Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (2016 – Present)
- Washington Counseling Association (2019 – Present)
- Washington Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (2019 – Present)
Dusty weaves feminist and socially just perspectives throughout his roles as a counselor educator. His scholarly interests include such topics as supervision training, microaggressions, and advocacy.
- CES Internship Supervision COUN 8010
- Advanced Counseling Supervision COUN 7420
- Advocacy, Social Justice, & Professional Leadership COUN 7500
- Advanced Group Counseling COUN 7210
- Practicum COUN 7980
- Research Method: Qualitative Research COUN 7140
- Communication & Counseling Skills COUN 5060
- Counseling Theories & Practice COUN 5105, 5115
I believe that learning takes place within individuals and among groups through socially constructed means. Therefore, I aim for a balance between group discussion within the class and the completion of tasks outside of class. Under the assumption that I am responsible for the preparation and facilitation of the classroom, I hold that adult students are in charge of their own learning. Overall, my hope is to foster open learning environments where everyone can feel comfortable sharing their experience.
- Destler, D. & Pilger, M. (2019, October). The novelty of novices: First-year faculty and students
co-creating a CES research course. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, Washington.
- Destler, D. & Doughty-Horn, E. (2019, October). STILL: Sexist microaggressions in CES and
suggestions for reduction. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Seattle, Washington.
- Destler, D. (2018, September). Photovoice: Facilitating photos with clients for social
change. Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling Conference, Portland, Oregon.
- Destler, D. & Rumney, J. (2018, January). Please share! Presenting your professional experiences to advocate for the counseling profession. Idaho Counseling Association Conference, Boise, Idaho.
- Affirm Counseling, PLLC
- Washington Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling