ACA Podcast Series


Since 2008, ACA has provided a series of podcasts aimed to help you save time and money as you strive to stay well-informed on professional issues.

These podcasts—prerecorded interviews posted on the ACA website—can be downloaded to your computer so that you can listen to them at your convenience while at home or work. They also can be added to your iPod for use while taking a walk, on the treadmill, in the car, or whenever you have time.

Most podcasts offer opportunities to earn Continuing Education credits. If you are interested in earning CE credits click here.  

The podcasts can also be accessed by visiting our Professional Development Center

Transcripts for select podcasts can be found here.

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HT061 - Prostitute, Drugs, Professor

Joel Marc Filmore, EdD, LCPC

Podcast transcript available by clicking here.

Dr. Joel Marc Filmore describes his history as a cross-dressing prostitute, drug addict, and prison inmate to a counselor educator. Along the way he experienced conversion therapy and can discuss it in a way that is both thought-provoking and fresh.

Joel Marc Filmore, EdD, LCPC is a nationally-known professional counselor, educator, researcher, author, trainer, and public speaker. He is a core faculty member at Northwestern University where he teaches graduate counseling courses. As a professor, he researches LGBTQQI issues, multiculturalism, trauma & abuse, sex-trafficking, sex offender issues, as well as addictions/substance abuse.

Among others, Rebecca Daniel-Burke, asks the following questions:

  • You are a Counselor Educator in The Family Institute at Northwestern University as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, but you actually have an interesting background. Can you tell us about that?
  • Now, along with your experience as a victim of sex-trafficking, you also have first-hand experience with a controversial practice called conversion or reparative therapy, no?
  • Can you tell us what conversion/reparative therapy involves?
  • What does the literature or research say about this therapeutic intervention?
  • What were some of the effects of the treatment on you, personally?
  • Why would someone choose to undergo conversion/reparative therapy if there is no evidence to support that it is effective and plenty of evidence to support that it is harmful?
  • Considering your experience with religion and conversion/reparative therapy, do you find yourself able to work with clients who have strong religious or socially conservative values or beliefs?
  • Your life has changed so drastically from being a child of trauma, to sex-trafficking, to conversion/reparative therapy, how do you explain such a profound paradigm shift?
  • What can counselors do to assist clients who are either considering conversion/reparative therapy or those clients who have already undergone the process and are suffering the results of that decision?
  • Do you think counseling, as a profession, is doing enough to combat the destructive practice of conversion/reparative therapy?

Running Time: 51 minutes

MP3, 34.87 MB

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