Various models have been designed to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures on eliminating prejudices, bias, and oppression. What has been missing, however, is a systematic methodology, with clearly articulated assumptions, that can be easily adapted in different settings. The VISIONS Model from which this model draws heavily, has been implemented with leaders from community, business, educational, and counseling and human relations organizations. This model has been adjusted to meet the needs of different age groups and constituencies on college’s campuses, middle schools, high schools as well as governmental agencies and Fortune 500 businesses. This model fits perfectly with Invitational Education/Counseling, a theory of practice that addresses the total environment. in which his vast experiences over the past 30 years as an educator, a professional counselor, consultant and human development trainer. Dr. English’s training includes: advanced training with the National Training Laboratory (NTL), Southeast Institute, with 29 years experience using transactional analysis gestalt therapy and related techniques, the National Coalition Building Institute, Certified Trainer for Training counselors in AMDC’s Multicultural Counseling Competencies and a “long runner of over 24 years with the International Alliance for Invitation Education and Conference Host and Coordinator later this year in Orlando, FL, October 2-6, 2013.
To introduce and support the use of the multicultural competencies necessary for counselors.
To help participants recognize their own personal and historical cultural backgrounds.
To begin the process of personal disclosure among participants in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
To synthesize invitational education concepts with multicultural counseling theory and practice.
Dr. Charles English is a licensed mental health counselor and psychotherapist. As a consultant and trainer in human resources development and interpersonal skills dynamics he designs and delivers unique workshops and training programs for organizations and companies in the areas of interpersonal development, self-empowerment, leadership development, team building, stress management and creative group problem solving . He holds a doctor of philosophy degree in counseling psychology from the University of Florida and has been an adjunct professor in the graduate schools at Rollins College, Troy and Stetson Universities and will begin teaching in the Fall, 2013, at the new mental health counseling and psychology masters program at Bethune Cookman University. Dr. English has over 40 years experience in higher education and community mental health and is owner and clinical director of Charles W. English & Associates Community Mental Health and Targeted Case Management Organization.