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The landscape of career counseling is changing in order to meet the needs of rapidly changing technology that is impacting how people communicate, process information, and ultimately live. We are in what is called the information age and a global economy. Further, the current climate in the United States does not appear to be one of inclusivity and opportunity unless you are wealthy.
Postmodern career counseling attempts to include groups who have traditionally been excluded from the discourse. What are you doing in your work that addresses the challenges of career counseling in the 21st century? How is your work making an impact? What is innovative about your approach or work that meets the needs of various populations in 2017?
Dr. Theo Burnes is currently a licensed psychologist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California who carries multiple professional appointments in the areas of service delivery, teaching, training, and consulting.
As an educator and trainer, Theo has received numerous awards for teaching and professional service in the training of service providers and has received extensive training on college and university teaching through his doctoral specialty at UC-Santa Barbara. His central teaching pedagogy involves helping providers of psychological and consulting services to engage in exercises to increase their knowledge, attitudes, and skills to be competent in multicultural work spaces. Theo has worked primarily with young adults and adults in clinical practice, working at three different university counseling centers and in community mental health with clients who are marginalized in the U.S. based on their sociocultural identities. He has also served as an administrator and interim director for a community mental health agency focused on services for the LGBT community and communities living with HIV/AIDS.
As a consultant, Theo has worked extensively on projects related to leadership, systemic change, and group dynamics. Areas of expertise include generational differences in the workplace; developmental approaches to management and mentoring; group process and group dynamic improvement.
Specialties: Underserved labor markets/clients from marginalized communities; community mental health and human potential; social justice and leadership for systemic change agents; consultation and program design, implementation, and evaluation; workplace effectiveness; group dynamics, group counseling and group process; human services provider education and training/teaching pedagogy; generational differences in employee engagement and work process.