Dr. Tiffany O’Shaughnessy Works to Improve Counseling Services for the LGBTQ Community
Dr. Tiffany O’Shaughnessy, an Assistant Professor of Clinical Counseling at the California School of Professional Psychology and a Rockway Fellow is involved in research and training to help improve the quality of mental health services provided to the LGBTQ community.
Through her collaboration with the Pacific Center for Human Growth, the oldest LGBTQ center in the Bay Area, she is helping to assess the efficacy and enhance the sustainability of their clinical services. Additionally, she is currently collaborating with a team of researchers at Central Michigan University to uncover the best practices in working with LGBT clients through various developmental stages. This new collaboration builds upon the work she previously completed exploring the influence of counselor personality and self-awareness on their competency to practice with LGB clients.
Dr. O’Shaughnessy integrates the knowledge she gains through her scholarship into the courses she teaches in the Social Justice focused Clinical Counseling Master’s program. She noted that the goal in the Clinical Counseling program is to help students develop multicultural competence and a strong foundation in social justice advocacy to empower the clients and communities they will serve and become agents of change within the mental health system.