The speaker will present his view on Ferguson, from his perspective as an African American male who grew up in the area, as father to young children, as a counselor educator, and as a counselor.
Dr. Ken Oliver received his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's degree in community counseling from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He received his PhD in counselor education from Southern Illinois University. Currently, he serves as Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor of Counseling at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri and has worked as a clinical mental health counselor in a variety of settings throughout his nearly 20 year stint as a mental health practitioner. A native of St. Louis, Dr. Oliver has a uniquely personal connection to Ferguson and the surrounding community.
Among others, Rebecca Daniel-Burke will ask the following questions:
- Where did you grow up in relation to Ferguson?
- What do you want people to know about this area?
- This irony you mention…What impact do you believe this has on the happenings since this young man’s death?
- How can counselors become more involved in Ferguson?
- In counseling, we speak of concepts such as oppression, racial identity, multiculturalism, and social justice. How are these concepts being demonstrated in Ferguson?
- So, what do you see as the role of professional counseling professionals in order to combat and prevent situations like this from happening in the future?
- You mention dissonance. Why is this discomfort such an important aspect of change in these situations?
- What are your concerns for children who experience or witness this situation?
- What are the potential future implications for counselors resulting from Ferguson and situations like it?
Running time: 45:10