We are so excited about the great work that Cohort 4 of the Green House Training Program is doing this year. They are an ensemble of remarkable individuals with richly varied skills and experiences. Today we would like to introduce you to Crystal Adams, LPC, NCC.
How did you learn about the Green House?
I was introduced to the Green House by a fellow therapist. Since I had an interest in learning more about the LGBTQIA population and also needed clinical supervision, we both believed it would be a good fit.
What drew you to the Green House?
Several things, really…
Educational opportunity: The Green House program seems like an ideal place to gain the cultural competency and counseling experience I’ll need to work with the LGBTQIA community—a demographic that is often judged not only by society, but sadly by some clinicians in whom they have been entrusted to help. I hope to have the privilege of serving the LGBTQIA community in a supportive, teaching environment where I can provide the quality of care that will help achieve mental wellness.
Clinical supervision: Upon learning that Green House included clinical supervision, I decided to attend the info session. I’m so glad that I did. I left with a strong sense that cohort members are supported, respected, and valued not only for their contributions to the community they serve, but if issues arise within their personal life as well. I believe the Green House program will be a supportive environment that will help me grow as a counselor.
Professional development: One of the great advantages of being in a learning environment is having the opportunity to engage with more seasoned clinicians. I hope to establish a professional relationship that would help shape my identity as a therapist, as well as developing my strengths and identifying areas to work on.
What are you hoping to gain by being in the Green House and how do you imagine it will impact your future?
I anticipate having the knowledge and experience to provide quality care, while having an even greater sensitivity to the issues facing the LGBTQIA population.
In the future, I hope to educate the general public as well as my colleagues who may not be as aware of the issues facing the LGBTQIA population. I envision bringing this awareness through public speaking, facilitating groups, and writing blogs.
On a personal level, I expect this program will not only help me become a more informed and sensitive therapist, but an advocate to those in my private life as well.
In the short amount of time since you joined the Green House, what has surprised you most and why?
I am impressed by the staff’s warmth, enthusiasm, and structure of the program. The cohort was welcomed me with open arms and the enthusiasm of staff members. They seemed just as excited about the year-long program as we were. I am also struck by how well the program has been structured; the trainings are very thorough and I have learned a great deal so far. The cohort members are also treated as colleagues by being included in weekly staff meetings, in-services and other practice events. We are encouraged to express our questions and/or concerns. I feel so fortunate to be in this program.
Anything else professionally that you are particularly looking forward to this year?
I’m looking forward to participating in a case consultation.