Core Faculty, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Dusty is a Licensed Professional Counselor (Idaho) and a Nationally Certified Counselor through the NBCC. He earned an MS in Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University and worked with the Medford School District supporting elementary school-aged children with additional social and emotional needs. On the Big Island of Hawai’i, Dusty worked with young adults in wilderness therapy and served local adolescents and their families 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 began teaching at AUS in 2018 and enjoys exploring Washington’s thrift stores and wilderness.
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.
I believe that learning takes place within individuals and among groups through socially constructed means. Therefore, I aim to provide somewhat equal emphasis to group discussion within 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 students are in charge of their own learning. Overall, my hope is to foster open learning environments where everyone can feel comfortable to share their experience.