S. Kent Butler uses his personal story to speak the truth about the effects of privilege on his mental wellness and resolve while sharing best practices for removing culturally biased barriers. Described by his audiences as authentic and real, “RAW: *Realism * Authenticity * Wisdom” was developed as a presentation during a moment of intense reflection on his life and an even deeper meditation related to the state of the world, “RAW” highlights how clinicians can successfully balance counseling and self-care with social justice advocacy. This presentation provides counselors with insights, wisdom, and encouragement on how to intentionally get into “good trouble” as Anti-Racist co-conspirators fighting against injustices on a global scale and working proactively on behalf of the kids in their lives.
S. Kent Butler, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Connecticut. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC). Dr. Butler is a Past President of the American Counseling Association (2021-2022), is an ACA Fellow and hosted an ACA’s weekly vodcast, The Voice of Counseling. Dr. Butler formerly served the University of Central Florida as the Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer and is a National Association of Chief Diversity Officer in Higher Education Fellow (2020-2021).