Monthly Virtual Training

TCA will be hosting monthly virtual training opportunities.  Each month there will be two virtual training sessions at various times and on a variety of subjects.  


Session Title/Topic






8:00 AM CST  9:00 AM EST 

Smoky Mountain Counseling Association's One-Day Conference

Making Space: Advocating For Those Who Have Been Marginalized

4 Breakout Sessions and a Keynote

5 CEs available

Register Here

**Registration closes on 2/25

Session Info Here


5:30 pm CST

6:30 pm EST

Working with LGBTQ+ students and clients in crisis

Hosted by Smoky Mountain Counseling Association

1 CE Available

Free for TCA members, $10 for non-members

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6:00 pm CST

7:00 pm EST

Helping Students See Their Way Forward through the Trauma of Social Injustice

Hosted by TN Association of Multicultural Counseling

**This is NOT a CE Eligible training**
Free for ALL
 Register Here  Session Info here


5:30 pm CST

6:30 pm EST

Counselor as Mentor:  Fostering Development in the Counseling Profession

Hosted by TCA Strategic Planning Committee

1 CE Available

Free for TCA members, $10 for non-members

 More Info Coming Soon!  



SMCA's One-Day Conference 

Conference Website - More Information

Date and Time: Saturday, February 25, 2021 at 8:00 am - 2:30 pm CST/ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST

Theme: Making Space:  Advocating for Those Who Have Been Marginalized 


Welcome and Directions - 8:00-8:15 AM CST | 9:00-9:15 AM EST
Breakout Session 1 - 8:25-9:25 AM CST | 9:25-10:25 AM EST
Breakout Session 2 - 9:35-10:35 AM CST | 10:35-11:35 AM EST
Keynote - 10:55 AM-12:10 PM CST | 11:55 AM-1:10 PM EST
Breakout Session 3 - 12:20-1:20 PM CST | 1:20-2:20 PM EST
Breakout Session 4 - 1:30-2:30 PM CST | 2:30-3:30 PM EST

Keynote Presenter: Dr. Marlon Johnson

Keynote Session: Expansion Pack: Four Strategies to Dismantle Bias in Counseling Practice

Keynote Presenter Bio: Marlon Johnson, PhD, LPC (TX), LPC-MHSP (TN), NCC

Dr. Marlon Johnson (He/Him/His) serves as a licensed professional counselor and an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. He grounds his work as a therapist and counselor educator through both a Narrative and a Critical Pedagogical framework respectively. Dr. Johnson’s clinical background includes community mental health counseling for families within the foster care system, Child-Centered play therapy, group interventions for adolescents experiencing resistance and trauma, and college and career readiness counseling within rural communities. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of the 2018 Doctoral Fellowship for the National Board of Certified Counselor’s Minority Fellowship program, allowing him to further the literature of recruitment for African American males into counseling programs. As an educator, Dr. Johnson trains students and scholars to think critically about difficult dialogue, cultural inclusion, and methods and standards of practice within professional and personal interactions. Dr. Johnson remains passionate about mental health access and equity, Black and Queer counselor identity development, inclusive career development strategies, and the intersections of faith, race, and sexuality within the counseling space.


Registration Type

Prior to 2/15/21


2/16/21 – 2/25/21


TCA Member: Counseling Professional



TCA Member: Student/Retired



Non-TCA Member: Counseling Professional



Non-TCA Member: Student/Retired



Confirmed Presenter




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Registration Closes on 2/25/21


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March - Hosted by SMCA

Date and Time: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST/ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Title: Working with LGBTQ+ Clients and Students in Crisis: Practical Skills and Approaches

Presenters: Jennifer M. Hightower M.S., N.C.C. and Loidaly M. González-Rosario, M.S., NCC

Session Overview:  SMCA is excited to host TCA’s Monthly Webinar March 18th 6:00 PM CST | 7:00 PM EST. Jennifer M. Hightower and Loidaly M. González-Rosario will use their backgrounds in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling to present on working with LGBTQ+ clients and students who are in crisis. The webinar will feature understanding the unique stresses this population faces as well as practical approaches  1 clock hour of NBCC credit or professional development provided.


  • Participants will understand the interconnected nature of stress, crisis, and trauma in the LGBTQ+ community
  • Participants will conceptualize LGBTQ+ clients and students experiencing suicidality through the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide
  • Participants will explore practical skills to use with LGBTQ+ clients and students who are in crisis
Presenter Bio: 

Jennifer Hightower (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is trained as a clinical mental health counselor and specializes in crisis, suicidality, and multicultural issues in practice and research. Her dissertation is focused on competencies for working with LGBTQ+ clients.

Loidaly M. González-Rosario (she/her/hers) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to her doctoral studies she practiced as a teacher and then a professional school counselor in Miami for five years. Her dissertation focuses on working with culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Register Here


March - Hosted by TAMCD

Date and Time: Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST/ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Title: Helping Students See Their Way Forward through the Trauma of Social Injustice

Presenters: Ricco Mitchell and Dr. Jeffrey Taylor

Session Overview:  Ricco Mitchell and Jeffrey Taylor will combine their respective experience in mental health counseling and school counseling to help counselors understand how to help students move forward through the trauma of social injustice. 


  • Participants will know what the signs of trauma are.

  • Participants will understand how to identify the signs of trauma in others.

  • Participants will be able to implement strategies learned during this session. 

Presenter Bio: 

Ricco Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Memphis and is currently enrolled in the mental health counseling program at Freed-Hardeman University. Mr. Mitchell has 30 years of experience working with youth and young adults and has served in the capacity of teacher, coach, entrepreneur, community advocate, mentor, volunteer, and soon-to-be counselor. Mr. Mitchell is the current president-elect of the Tennessee Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (TAMCD).

Dr. Jeffrey Taylor is a graduate of Ball State University and the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Taylor currently works as the high school counseling manager with Shelby County Schools. Dr. Taylor has over 25 years of experience in education having served in the capacity of teacher, school counselor, and administration. Dr. Taylor is the current president of the Tennessee Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (TAMCD). 

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Past Training Events

August 2020 TnSCA - Best Practices for New Counselors
September 2020 SMCA - Self-Care: Practice Now Before You Need It
September 2020 TnSCA - Strategies for Culturally Responsive Advocacy in Schools
October 2020 LCA - Fall Virtual Happy Hour Meet and Greet - Networking
October 2020 TCA - Building Community in Counseling Organizations during Covid-19
November 2020 TCA - Annual Conference
January 2021  SMCA - Creativity as a Bridge:  Counseling with English Language Learners
February 2021  MTCA: Solution-Focused Brief Counseling with Dr. Russell Sabella 
February 2021  TCA Ethics:  Ethics and Wellness Behavior: Counselor Responsibility


 The Tennessee Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2043. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Tennessee Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.