Counseling and Supervision
I am deeply grateful to be awarded the Jonathan Davis Memorial Scholarship. It is the ethical obligation of counselors and allied professionals to promote suicide awareness and prevention. The scholarship will allow me to engage in professional development and research to enhance trauma-informed practices and suicide prevention in the counseling field, both domestically and internationally. I have dedicated myself to several projects that address race-based trauma and multiculturalism in efforts to enhance suicide prevention. The scholarship has allowed me the ability to donate my time towards the advancement of the counseling profession and the support of wellness and resilience in international communities through leadership, education, research, and engagement. In addition, I have a strong interest in disability and neurodiversity, which I have dedicated most of my professional life to serving. Disability tends to be neglected in many counselor education programs, which is a grave disservice. I will advocate for a stronger focus on disability and neurodiversity as sociocultural considerations in trauma-informed care and suicide prevention.
Clinical and School Psychology
Being awarded the Jonathan Davis Memorial Scholarship is both a humbling and inspiring honor. I am humbled to be recognized for my efforts in suicide prevention, as well as the work I have done with survivors of violence and trauma – work that I am tremendously grateful to have been a part of, and efforts I would not have been able to enact without the support of so many wonderful mentors, supervisors, coworkers, and other partners. The scholarship will offer me more time, energy, and ultimately inspiration to dedicate towards projects and efforts I deeply care about that focus on these topics. Presently, my dissertation research is focused on toxic masculinity and the intersections of mass violence and social networks. It is in this particular area I hope to provide insight, awareness, and prevention for clinical and systemic contexts to help reduce incidences of mass violence and the reverberating wave of trauma that impacts so many. Along with this research, most essential to my professional identity as a therapist is continuing to develop the knowledge and skills essential to supporting clients that face challenges related to suicide and PTSD. Specific emphasizes that are especially important to me include cultural competency and trauma informed care approaches, areas I believe are essential to providing competent and compassionate support. I am grateful for the scholarship and will strive to carry on the legacy and mission of Johnathan Davis and award winners of the past.