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UK Counselor/Education Professor to be Featured on Reach Out Network’s Panel Discussion on Mental Health

Travis Andrews, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education
Travis Andrews, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2020) — Travis Andrews, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education, will take part in a live, online panel discussion focused on the mental health and well-being of minority men.

The event, open to the public, is hosted by Reach Out Network Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing community-based volunteering and improving community image and relations across all levels of power within underserved communities.

Andrews, a licensed professional counselor, will discuss the symptoms of mental distress and share best practices for self-care from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET Saturday, Feb. 27. The panel will cover a range of topics, including the challenges men face in meeting societal expectations, climbing the career ladder and processing the traumas associated with social injustices.

“This event is for those who for too long have been conditioned to believe that being in tune with your emotions makes you weak — we are aiming to redefine the word ‘strong’ in minority communities,” said Andrews, an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Counselor Education in the UK College of Education.

There is no fee to attend the online event. Visit Reach Out Events to request a ticket. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

Panelists include:

Anthony Andrews, Ph.D. – licensed professional counselor

Travis Andrews, Ph.D. – professor and licensed professional counselor 

Osei Harvey, LPC, NCC – licensed professional counselor

The UK College of Education’s Counselor Education Program (formerly Rehabilitation Counseling) has consistently been ranked in the top 10 rehabilitation counseling programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. For more information about degrees in this field, visit https://education.uky.edu/edsrc/ced/.

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