Quincy University’s Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, Asabi Afi Dean, Ph.D., in conjunction with Joseph M. Williams, Ph.D., University of Virginia, Janice Byrd, Ph.D., Kent University, and Chauncey D. Smith, Ph.D., the University of Virginia, co-authored an article entitled “Photovoice as an Innovative Approach to Group Work with Black Youth in School Settings.”

The article proposes photovoice as an innovative approach to group work with Black (k-12) youth in school settings. More specifically, this article focuses on how school counselors can use photovoice as a tool to address the race-related struggles (e.g., racial prejudice and discrimination) that Black students experience both inside and outside of school. Photovoice empowers students to take photos capturing issues of shared concern in and around their school and use as the basis of critical and collective action plans. The key features and stages of this approach are outlines. Implication for practice and future research are discussed.

The article was published in the Journal for Specialists in Group Work, volume 45, issue 3 (2020). The Journal for Specialists in Group Work is a resource for professionals working with groups in clinical, organizational, educational and community settings. To read the article, visit https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01933922.2020.1789794.

Dean is an assistant professor of counselor education in the School of Education at Quincy University and coordinator of the College Student Personnel track in the Masters of Education in Counseling Program. She earned her doctorate in counselor education and supervision from the University of Iowa, her master’s in community mental health counseling and her bachelor’s in psychology from Chicago State University. Dean has authored and co-authored several written pieces including, several published articles, a book chapter and countless conference presentations.  Dean’s research interests include mental and emotional trauma, college student development, multicultural counseling and national and state public policy.

“Mental and emotional trauma is no longer considered an abnormal experience for the majority of our populations here in the US and across the globe, said Dean.  “As a Counselor Educator, it is my passion to educate and equip future counselors and higher education professionals to confront and challenge and advocate for these issues in their respective areas of focus as future clinical and academic practitioners.”

Dean is a member of both counseling and research organizations and has performed leadership roles in several of these organizations.  Memberships include American Counseling Association (ACA), Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), Chi Sigma Iota (National Honor Society in Counseling), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the National Black United Front (NBUF).

Dean is an avid advocate for social justice and the eradication of racism, mass incarceration and the school to prison pipeline/nexus in the US and across the globe.  In addition to service to the counseling field, Dean believes in service to one’s local community and as such she sits on the Boards for several Quincy community organizations including Transitions ofWestern Illinois, Chaddock Behavioral Health and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and she is a committee member on the Chamber’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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