I began my counseling career as a professional school counselor among the Tikiamu people of Northern Alaska. Following my time in Alaska, I worked as a clinical mental health counselor in a community mental health clinic in an urban setting. My teaching, scholarship, supervision, diversity training and consultation are directly informed by my counseling work with adults, couples and families who struggled valiantly against the social forces of generational poverty, sexism, racism and heterosexism. Through this work I came to the awareness that traditional intra-psychic conceptualizations of individual problems that stem from systemic oppression will perpetually fail to meet the needs of our clients and students from marginalized groups. To that end, I work to raise the awareness of those of us who identify as well meaning people from dominant groups of our own implicit bias against members of non-dominant groups as well as our complicity in the reproduction of oppressive systems.

Areas of Expertise

Diversity, Access, and Equity; Human Development and Identity; Mental Health; Multiculturalism; Race and Racism; Research Methods; School Counseling; Social Justice

Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Smith, L. C. (in press) Male privilege. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (pp. ?-?). New York: Sage.
  • Smith, L. C. (in press) Heterosexual privilege. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (pp. ?-?). New York: Sage.
  • Shin, R. Q. & Smith, L. C. (in press). Heterosexual Male Identity Development. In K. Nadal (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender (pp. ?-?). New York: Sage.
  • Smith, L. C. (accepted). Critical Consciousness and School Based Family Counseling: “Seeing” the Pathogen in Order to Dismantle the Pump of Oppression. International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling
  • Smith, L. C. & Shin, R. Q. (2017) Urban Families. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family and Couples Counseling (pp. 1747-1752). New York: Sage. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483369532.n524
  • Smith, L. C., & Okech, J. E. A. (2016). Ethical issues raised by CACREP accreditation of programs within institutions that disaffirm or disallow diverse sexual orientations. Journal of Counseling and Development, 94, 252-264. doi: 10.1002/jcad.12082  [abstract]
  • Smith, L. C., & Okech, J. E. A. (2016). Negotiating CACREP accreditation practices, religious, and sexual orientation diversity: A rejoinder to Sells and Hagedorn. Journal of Counseling and Development, 94, 280-284. doi: 10.1002/jcad.12084
  • Shin, R. Q., Ezeofor, I., Smith, L. C., Welch, J. & Goodrich, K. M. (2016). The development and validation of the critical consciousness scale. The Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 210-223. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cou0000137
  • Shin, R. Q., Smith, L.C., Welch, J., Ezeofor, I. (2016). Is “Allison” more likely than “Lakisha” to get a call back from counseling professionals: A racism audit study. The Counseling Psychologist doi:10.1177/0011000016668814  [abstract]
  • Smith, L. C., & Shin, R. Q. (2015). Negotiating the intersection of racial oppression and heteronormativity. The Journal of Homosexuality, 62, 1459-1484. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1073029  [abstract]
  • Smith, L. C. (2015). Interpersonal process recall for group supervision of groups. In M. Luke & K. Goodrich (Eds.), Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities for Supervision, Vol II (pp. 10-16). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Smith, L. C., Shin, R. Q., Welch, J., & Ezeofor, I. (2015). Critically conscious group supervision of groups. In M. Luke & K. Goodrich (Eds.), Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities for Supervision, Vol I (pp. 157-164). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.
  • Smith, L. C. (2015). Alterity models in counseling: When we talk about diversity, what are we actually talking about? The International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling. DOI 10.1007/s10447-015-9241-8  [abstract]
  • Smith, L. C. (2014) Queering Multicultural Competence in Counseling. In R. Goodman & P. Gorski (Eds.), Decolonizing Multicultural Counseling and Psychology: Visions for Social Justice Theory and Practice (pp. 24-40). New York: Springer.
  • Smith, L. C., & Geroski, A. M., (2014). Decolonizing Alterity Models within School Counseling Practice. In R. Goodman & P. Gorski (Eds.), Decolonizing Multicultural Counseling and Psychology: Visions for Social Justice Theory and Practice (pp. 99-116). New York: Springer.
  • Smith, L. C. & Shin, R. (2014). Queer blindfolding: Difference “blindness” towards persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Journal of Homosexuality 61,940-961. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2014.870846  [abstract]
  • Smith, L. C., Geroski, A. M. & Tyler, K. B., (2014). Abandoning Colorblind Practice in School Counseling. Journal of School Counseling, 12 (16), Retrieved from http://www.jsc.montana.edu/articles/v12n16.pdf  [abstract]
  • Smith, L. C. (2013). How the ASCA national model both promotes and inhibits safe schools for queer youth: An inquiry using critical theory. The Journal for LGBT Issues in Counseling, 7, 339-354. DOI: 10.1080/15538605.2013.839340  [abstract]
  • Smith, L.C., Shin, R. Q., & Officer, L. M. (2012). Moving counseling forward on LGBT issues: Speaking queerly on discourses and microaggressions. The Counseling Psychologist, 40, 385-408. DOI: 10.1177/0011000011403165  [abstract]
  • Goodrich, K.M., Shin, R. Q., & Smith, L. C. (2011). The doctorate in counselor education. The International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 33, 184-195. DOI 10.1007/s10447-011-9123-7  [abstract]
  • Shin, R. Q., Smith, L. C., Goodrich, K. M., & LaRosa, N. D. (2011). Attending to diversity among CACREP master’s programs: A pilot study. The International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 33, 113-126. DOI 10.1007/s10447-011-9116-6  [abstract]
  • Smith, L.C. (2009). The anxiety of affirming heterosexuals when negotiating heteronormativity. Human Services Education, 29, 49-58.  [abstract]
  • Smith, L.C., & Shin, R. Q. (2008). Social privilege, social justice, and group counseling: An inquiry. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 33, 351-366. DOI: 10.1080/01933920802424415  [abstract]
  • Smith, L. C. (2007). Conceptualizing spirituality and religion in counseling: Where we've come from, where we are, and where we are going. Journal of Pastoral Counseling, 42, 4-21.  [abstract]

Selected Presentations

  • Smith, L.C. (2016). Is “Allison” more likely than “Lakisha” to get a call back from counseling professionals: A racism audit study. Presented at The American Counseling Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Vernay, C., Sharma, R., Welch, J., Shin, R. Q. & Smith, L.C. A girlfriend, and boyfriend and a lisp: Which Jon is more likely to receive a call back from counseling professionals? Presented at The Winter Roundtable on Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education, Columbia University, New York.
  • Ezeofor, I., Welch, J., Shin, R. Q., & Smith, L. C. (2015). The development and initial validation of the contemporary critical consciousness scale. Presented at The American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Shin, R. Q., Smith, L.C., Welch, J., Ezeofor, I. (2015). Is “Allison” more likely than “Lakisha” to get a call back from counseling professionals: A racism audit study. Presented at The Winter Roundtable on Cross-Cultural Psychology and Education, Columbia University, New York.
  • Smith, L.C. (2014). LGBT Responsive Elementary School Counseling. Presented at The Vermont School Counseling Association’s Annual Fall Conference, Waitsfield, VT.

Awards and Recognition

  • UVM Graduate Student Senate, Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination from UVM Graduate Student Senate: This nomination was made in recognition of teaching excellence in graduate education at UVM. (2015)
  • UVM Graduate Student Senate, Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination from Graduate College at UVM: This nomination was made in recognition of teaching excellence in graduate education at UVM. (2014)
  • Doctoral Research Prize from School of Education, Syracuse University: Awarded by the School of Education at Syracuse University for excellence in scholarship at the doctoral level (2010)
  • Doctoral Prize from Graduate School, Syracuse University : Awarded by the Graduate School at Syracuse University for exemplifying excellence in scholarship and research at the graduate level (2010)
  • Syracuse University Fellowship from School of Education, Syracuse University: Awarded by the School of Education in recognition of service, leadership and scholarship (2006)

Professional Associations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA), American Psychological Association (APA)

Licensure or Certifications

  • Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Licensed Middel School Teacher, Virginia
  • Licensed School Counselor, Alaksa
  • Licensed Teacher, Grades 6-8, Alaska
  • Nationally Certified Counselor
Lance Smith

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