DR. ANGEL BRUTUS, LPC, CRC, DCC, CCH
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In addition to managing a private practice with active contracts with local teams and individuals, I also give back to the community. As Volunteer Executive Director for the Grant D Knowledge Foundation (GDK), I continuously seek to foster 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 are the core initiatives of GDK. As ED, I have successfully secured 501c3 status for the organization to support attainment of financial support to effect change in the lives of targeted youth. The organization has awarded a number of financial scholarships to college-bound youth, funded community-based grants to support community partner initiatives, hosted community events for youth in several states, and provided motivational speaking services for schools and other host organizations.
I serve 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 is fulfilled through fundraising, events, networking, volunteering and general advocacy of the Playworks organizational mission.
I am a 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 an AdHoc Committee Member for AASP's Early Career Professionals initiative and participates in a number of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to include: Coordinator for the Race, Ethnicity & Sport, Adaptive Sport & Physical Activity, Anger & Violence in Sport and Women in Sport. I have also served as a conference presenter on topics involving Women in Sport, Disability and Sport, and Racial/Ethnic Issues in the Culture of Sport Psychology. I am one the Association's recent recipients of the Student Travel Award in recognition of students seeking to present their many sport psychology-related works.
I am also a member of the American Psychological Association (Division 47 - Exercise & Sport Psychology; Division 45 - Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and it's state-subsidiary the Georgia Psychological Association where I serve on a number of committees (Early Career Psychologists, Public Education Committee and the Diversity Directorate).
Earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology 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 pursued my Doctorate in Psychology Degree with a concentration in Sport & Performance Psychology from the University of the Rockies where I am a member of the National Honor Society and a recipient of the University President's Diversity Scholarship Award where I successfully defended my dissertation titled- "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 with the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors; Certified Rehabilitation Counselor with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification; Distance Credentialed 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 currently training with Positive Coaching Alliance to provide coach certification workshops nationally.
Currently, I am under supervision with Dr. Kensa Gunter in pursuit of becoming a Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP) to pursue the US Olympic Committee Registry of Sport Psychology Providers. I have co-authored a chapter in a sport psychology book scheduled for release in 2017 (stay tuned for more!)