Keith Dempsey, PhD, LPC

Associate Dean, Graduate School of Counseling

Associate Professor of Counseling

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I am the associate dean of the College of Counseling and associate professor of counseling at George Fox University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I’m particularly passionate about issues of cultural sensitivity, cross-cultural mentoring, and culturally specific coping for African-American men.

I’ve conducted national presentations regarding counseling issues and the plight of African-American men. My life is dedicated to enhancing the lives of young people through service and scholarship. I am married to Tiffany and am the father of two sons, Tearale and Emmanuel.

What organizations have you volunteered with?

I've spent time volunteering at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility, Self Enhancement Inc., Salvation Army, Kappa League Youth Program and the Perspective Gentlemen's Club.

Selected Presentations

Dempsey, K. (2013, October) Black churches and mental health agencies: Can this collaboration work? Religious Faith and Social Science Conference, Orem, Utah.

Dempsey, K. (2013, April) No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service: Missing opportunities to embrace diversity. Peace’d Together: An Intercultural Conference, Newberg, Oregon.

DeKruyf, L., & Dempsey, K. (2013, April 12). Working Towards Cultural Sensitivity, Part II. Day-long cultural sensitivity training seminar for Trinity Lutheran School, Portland, OR.

Cook, J., & Dempsey, K. (2013, March) Strength-Based Leadership as a Graduate Student and as a Counselor Educator. American Counseling Association Conference Cincinnati, Ohio

Dempsey, K. (invited keynote speaker, 2012, November) Sketches of my culture: Cultural sensitivity in the field of counseling. Oregon Counseling Association, Portland, Oregon.

Dempsey, K., & DeKruyf, L. (2012, August 22). Working towards Cultural Sensitivity. Day-long cultural sensitivity training seminar for Trinity Lutheran School, Portland, OR.

Dempsey, K., & DeKruyf, L. (2011, October 26-30). Birds of a Different Feather Flocking Together: Cross-Cultural Mentorship in Action. Presented at the 2011 national conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Nashville, TN.

Dempsey, K., Butler, K., & Vereen, L. (2011, October) Something for the Brothers: Black men in counselor education, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Nashville, Tennessee.

Selected Publications

Ratts, V., Butler, K., & Dempsey, K. (accepted June 2013). Safe space programs in k-12 schools: Creating a visible presence of LGBTQ allies. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling

Dempsey, K. & Gaither, L. (in process). Black churches and mental health agencies: Can this collaboration work?

Dempsey, K. & DeKruyf, L. (in process). Cross-cultural mentorship: Making it work. Counselor Education and Supervision.

Dempsey, K., Stroud, D., & Vereen, L. (in process). Culturally specific coping for Black men.