Who is Dr. B?
Dr. Belous is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Center at Purdue University Northwest. Affectionately known as “Dr. B” he is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists, Certified Sex Therapist and Educator with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, a Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Gay Affirmative Psychotherapist through the California Division of AAMFT. He sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and the American Journal of Family Therapy. Additionally, he currently serves as the founding Chairperson of the Couples and Intimate Relationships Topical Interest Network for AAMFT, the Treasurer of the Queer and Trans Affirmative Network for AAMFT, and as a Site Visitor for the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. His research focuses on sex and sexuality (broadly defined), social justice, and couple and family therapy education and supervision. As of today he has over 20 published works, 40+ Presentations at Inter/National and Local conferences, and has completed 7 different research grants. His most recent research involves the examination of efficacy and development of approaches to sex therapy and treatment.
Ok, but what is this "Black Sheep Institute" that is all over this website?
Ha! Great question! The BSi is the business arm of Dr. B's professional activities outside of his work with Purdue University Northwest. The BSi was started in 2018 in Northwest Indiana, and began with an LLC filing, $.25 cents in a brand-spanking new business account, and some random dreams. The purpose and mission of the BSi is to provide a means by which to offer therapy services, supervision, consultation, and training opportunities for - and about - underrepresented and often overlooked populations or topics. The name, "Black Sheep Institute" came out of an idea that none of us belong - and all of us belong - at the same time. Sometimes we look and feel like we belong where we are and sometimes we don't.