DR. ANGEL BRUTUS, LPCC, ACS, BC-TMH, CMPC
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In addition to managing a private practice with active contracts with local teams and individuals, I also believe in community engagement. As former Volunteer Executive Director for the Grant D Knowledge Foundation (GDK), I developed and fostered new and existing relationships with various community partners. Developing and implementing community-based programs specific to the needs of youth, adolescents, and emerging adult populations were the core initiatives of GDK. As ED, I successfully secured 501c3 status for the organization to support attainment of financial support to effect change in the lives of targeted youth. Over the years, the organization awarded a number of financial scholarships to college-bound youth, funded community-based grants to support partner initiatives, hosted community events for youth in several states, and provided motivational speaking services for schools and other host organizations.
I previously served on the Playmakers board to support the initiatives of Playworks Georgia chapter to empower children with play while improving school climate, reducing bullying, increasing social-emotional learning, and increasing time for learning. My role of ambassador of the organization was fulfilled through fundraising, events, networking, volunteering and general advocacy of the Playworks organizational mission.
I am a longstanding member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) where I have served as a student delegate (Mentorship Match Program Chair; Performance Excellence Movement). Currently, I serve as Co-Chair for the Association's Nominations Leadership & Development Committee, as well as previous member of the Ethics Committee. I have humbly served as an IGNITE Mentor for students pursuing the field of Sport Psychology. I am also a member of multiple Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to include: Former Coordinator for the Race, Ethnicity & Sport, Adaptive Sport & Physical Activity, Anger & Violence in Sport and Women in Sport. I have also facilitated presentations and workshops covering a number of topics involving Women in Sport, Disability and Sport, Ethical Concerns, Social Justice and Advocacy in Sport, and Racial/Ethnic Intersectional Identities in the Culture of Sport. I am one the Association's former recipients of the Student Travel Award in recognition of students seeking to present their many sport psychology-related works.
I am also a current member of the American Psychological Association (Division 47 - Exercise & Sport Psychology; Division 45 - Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race; Division 35 Section 1) and former member of it's state-subsidiary the Georgia Psychological Association where I served on a number of committees (Early Career Psychologists, Public Education Committee and the Diversity Directorate). I am a member of the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC) where I serve as a Board Member and Fellows Mentor.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in African & African-American Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville while subsequently earning my Master of Science Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Rehabilitation Counseling. Since then, I have earned my Doctorate in Psychology Degree with a concentration in Sport & Performance Psychology from the University of the Rockies where I was a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the University President's Diversity Scholarship Award where I successfully defended my dissertation entitled- "Minority, Student and Athlete: Understanding the Multiracial Division I Intercollegiate Athlete's Ascribed Meanings of the Experience of Stereotype Threat."
CERTIFICATIONS & CONTINUED TRAINING
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in multiple jurisdictions; Certified Mental Performance Consultant as recognized by AASP; Board Certified TeleMental Health Counselor with the Center for Credentialing & Education; Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute; Level V Yoga Instructor with YogaFit Training Systems; Addiction Recovery Group Facilitator with SMART Recovery; and certified trainer for Positive Coaching Alliance to provide coach certification workshops nationally.
I received supervision/Consultation with Dr. Kensa Gunter and completed requirements to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant as recognized by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. In recent years, I have had the privilege of serving as contributing and at times lead chapter author for a number of general and academic textbooks within the field of sport and performance psychology.
*Currently, several projects are in development that specifically address service-provision for Women of African Descent navigating various High Performance Industries.* ~ Stay tuned for more