Dr. Dwayne White earned a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Auburn University. Dr. White is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), with more than 6 years of experience aiding community and governmental organizations in counseling, advocacy, operations management, and program development and implementation. He is also a past NBCC Minority Fellowship Doctoral Fellowship recipient. His primary research interest centers on the wellness and liberation of queer and transgender people of color. His secondary research interests are related to exploring the use of humanistic and post-modern approaches in counseling and counselor education.
Overall, my research interest primarily centers on the wellness and the liberation of queer and trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). In tandem with these empirical projects, I have a secondary research agenda that focuses on using humanistic practices in counseling and counselor education.
My teaching is rooted in existential traditions, humanism, intersectionality, and social constructivism, as influenced by the writings of Kimberly Crenshaw, Judith Jordan, Emmy van Deurzen, Clemmont Vontress, and Carl Rogers. My goal is to encourage, motivate, and challenge students to aspire to reach the highest version of themselves in all dimensions of their being– affective, cognitive, and behavioral; so that they can best serve the clients who seek our services and achieve their life goals. I aim to help students develop the multicultural and social justice competencies needed to work with culturally diverse individuals by decolonizing my instructional methods, and embodying and modeling these practices in every lecture and course.