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DR. ANGEL BRUTUS, LPCC, ACS, BC-TMH, CMPC

Photo Credit:  InForm Magazine's Ryan O'Neal

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.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

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.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

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