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






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
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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

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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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April - Hosted by TCA Strategic Planning Committee

Date and Time: Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm CST/ 6:30 - 7:30 pm EST

Title: Counselor as Mentor:  Fostering Development in the Counseling Profession

Presenters: Dr. Nathan West and Derrick Shepherd

Session Overview:  A webinar discussing evidence-based approaches for effective mentoring in the counseling profession. Presentation will include strategies for building supportive professional relationships and creating inclusive professional environments to meet the needs of developing counselors. 


  • Explore professional needs of developing counselors and the nature of effective mentor relationships designed to meet those needs.
  • Identify strategies for constructing effective mentor relationships and inclusive, growth-inducing professional environments (e.g., workplace, professional associations, etc.)
  • Discuss potential application of concepts into attendees’ current workplace and professional settings.
Presenter Bios: 

Nathan West: Counselor educator; Experiences include: 

  • Supervising and teaching practicum/internship students.
  • Practiced counseling in settings including: Community mental health; Elem. school; Residential addiction treatment; Private practice
  • Conducted research on developmental networks/supportive relationships of beginning counselors 

Derrick Shepard: Doctoral candidate in counselor education; Experiences include: 

  • Supervising practicum/internship students;
  • Teaching experience in skills, multicultural, and psychopathology. 
  • Counseling experience in residential, out-patient, and private practice.
  • Other experiences include academic coaching for first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities. 

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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
March 2021  Smoky Mountain Counseling Association's One-Day Conference
March 2021 SMCA - Working with LGBTQ+ students and clients in crisis


 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.