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Andrew S. Garland-Forshee, PhD, HS-BCP, RYT 500, CTSS

Department of Child and Family Studies – Family and Human Services Program

Dr. Andrew Garland-Forshee

Preferred Pronouns: he/him
Email: andrew.forshee15@pcc.edu
Office: Sylvania Campus, CDC 210
Office Phone: 971-722-4027

Dr. Andrew Garland-Forshee (Dr. Andrew) holds over 25 years of experience in the fields of education, family services, social and human services. These experiences range from at-risk youth programs, early education environments, and early childhood laboratory settings, to college teaching, human services settings, intervention programs, research, and program regulation. He currently serves as Department Chair of the Family and Human Services program.

Dr. Andrew is an active scholar-practitioner-educator.  His current teaching and research interests include mental health stigma reduction in LGBTQI+ populations, salutogenic interventions to trauma response, and the application of mindfulness and contemplative practices in undergraduate human service education. He is a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid instructor (Adult and Youth), a certified QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Intervention instructor, a Board Certified Human Services Practitioner (HS-BCP), a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500), a Certified Trauma Support Specialist (CTSS), and a Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher. He is currently pursuing his Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness certification under the guidance of Dr. David Treleaven.  Dr. Andrew uses his background and training in mindfulness, yoga, and contemplative based practices to enhance his teaching of human services, behavioral health, intervention strategies, and human development.

Dr. Andrew was a recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) 2018 Faculty Excellence Award.  In addition to his professional credentials, he has the privilege of parenting an active, sparkly, unicorn-mermaid-fairy-loving school-ager.

Additional Credentials
  • Human Services – Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP); Center for Credentialing and Education
  • Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500); Yoga Alliance
  • Certified Trauma Support Specialist (CTSS); Trauma Institute International
  • Nationally Certified Instructor – Adult Mental Health First Aid; National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Nationally Certified Instructor – Youth Mental Health First Aid; National Council for Mental Wellbeing
  • Nationally Certified Instructor – QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Intervention Program; QPR Institute
  • Certified 200-Hour Yoga Teacher; Yoga and Ayurveda Center
  • Certified 300-Hour Yoga Teacher; Center for Ayurveda and Yoga Study
  • Certified Instructor; Yoga for All; Dianne Bondy Yoga
  • Certified Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher; School of Positive Transformation
Areas of Specialization and Interest

Family Studies; Human Development; Intervention Strategies; Harm Reduction Intervention; Human Services Curriculum and Instruction; LGBTQI+ Issues in Human Services; LGBTQI+ Behavioral/Mental Health; Qualitative Research; Mindfulness and Contemplative Practice in Human Service Education; Accessible and Adaptive Yoga; Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

Publications (selected)

Reicherzer, S., Garland-Forshee, A. S., & Patton, J. (2014). Counseling in the periphery of queer discourse: Transgender children, adolescents, women, and men.  In M. Kocet (Ed.), Counseling gay men, adolescents and boys: A strengths-based guide for helping professionals and educators (pp. 178-193). New York, NY: Routledge.

Forshee, A.S. (2012). Lesbian and Gay parents and their children: Research on the family life cycle [Review of the book, Lesbian and Gay parents and their children: Research on the family life cycle, by Abbie E. Goldberg]. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 27 (4).

Forshee, A.S. (2012). Expanding our understanding of family [Editorial]. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 27 (4), 10-12.

Forshee, A.S. (2008). Transgender men: A demographic snapshot. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 20 (3), 221-236.

Forshee, A.S. (2007). Turning off the gender autopilot: Meeting the human service needs of transgender men. Human Service Education, 27 (1), 25 – 38.

Professional Affiliations

The National Parenting Education Network

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education

The American Association of Suicidology

National Organization for Human Services

International Association of Yoga Therapists

International Mindfulness Teachers Association

Yoga Alliance

Yoga Unify (Founding Circle Member)

The National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Sample Syllabi


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