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S. Kent Butler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Program: Counselor Education

Department: Child, Family, and Community Sciences

Office: ED 222H
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Professional Summary

S. Kent Butler, Jr. holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Counseling Psychology, from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Butler is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC). He currently serves as the faculty advisor to CHI SIGMA IOTA International Honor Society. Dr. Butler also serves as the Principal Investigator, for The High-Risk Delinquent and Dependent Child Educational Research Project: Situational Environmental Circumstances Mentoring Program (SEC), which is a partnership between the University of Central Florida and several Florida universities. On the national level, Dr. Butler has served the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) as the 2011 – 2012 President and American Counseling Association (ACA) Governing Council Representative (2015 – 2018). He is honored to be a member of AMCD’s Multicultural Counseling Competencies Revisions Committee (2014 – 2015) which produced the newly endorsed Multicultural Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC). Dr. Butler was bestowed with an ACA Fellow Award in April of 2016. His research and academic interests lie in the areas of Multicultural Counseling, Social Justice, Mentoring, Counseling work as it relates specifically to African American males, Group Counseling, School Counseling, and Multicultural Supervision.

Education

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Counseling Psychology
University of Connecticut

Areas of Expertise

  • Multicultural & Social Justice Issues in Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • Supervision

Research Interests

  • Multicultural & Social Justice Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Counseling African American males
  • Group Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • Multicultural Supervision

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Teaching Incentive Program Award (2016), UCF College of Education and Human Performance
  • ACA Fellow Award (2016), American Counseling Association
  • American Counseling Association(ACA) Governing Council Representative (2015-2018), Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
  • The Kitty Cole Human Rights Award (2013), Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
  • Outstanding Alumni Award (2012), University of Connecticut – The Center for Academic Programs

Recent Publications

Harris, S. & Butler, S. K. (2016). Promoting Resilience in Children of Alcoholics: A Family Perspective. The Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling Annual Review: Best Practices (3rd Edition).

Ratts, M. J., Singh, A. A., Nassar-McMillan, S. C., Butler, S. K., & McCullough, J. R. (2016).
Multicultural and social justice counseling competencies: Guidelines for the counseling profession. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 44(1) 28-48. doi:10.1002/jmcd.12035

Dempsey, K., Butler, S. K., Gaither, L., & Cramer-Buck, U. (2016). Black churches and mental health professionals: Can this collaboration work? Journal of Black Studies,47(1) 73–87.

Butler, S. K., Crespi, T. D., & McNamara, M. (2017). Family counseling in the schools. Counseling Today.

Ratts, M. J., Butler, S. K., Singh, A. A., Nassar-McMillan, S., & McCulloch, J. R. (2016). Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies: Practical Applications in Counseling. Counseling Today.

Current Funded Projects

Principal Investigator, The High-Risk Delinquent and Dependent Child Educational Research Project: Situational Environmental Circumstances Mentoring Program (SEC), State of Florida.

Faculty Related Links

UCF Counselor Education Program

Professional Organizations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)
  • Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
  • European Branch of the American Counseling Association
  • Chi Sigma Iota – Upsilon Chi
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ)