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






5:00 CST

6:00 EST

Building Community in Counseling Organizations during COVID-19.

Hosted by TCA Membership Chair, Kevin Doyle

**All are welcome!

Free event for TCA members and non-members

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11/5/20 - 11/7/20

 TCA 2020 Conference - Goes Virtual!

Thursday: 11/5/20

  • Pre Conference: Free for TCA Members, $20 for Non-Members
  • TCA in partnership with Belmont University presents: 
    Historical Trauma, Microaggressions, and Social Justice:  Implications for Practice with Practical Applications

  • 1.5 CE

Friday: 11/6/20

  • Virtual Graduate Student Poster Session 1
  • Conference Welcome: Dr. Janet Hicks, TCA President
  • Keynote Speaker: Leigh Bagwell, "Surviving and Thriving as Counselors" (1 CE available)
  • Network with TCA Divisions and Chapters

Saturday: 11/7/20

  • Breakout Sessions - Pick One (1.15 CE): 

            -  Understanding Suicide: Developing a plan to work with clients experiencing suicidal ideation.

            -  Cultural competency:  A catchphrase or an embedded practice? 

  • Virtual Graduate Student Poster Session 2
  • Breakout Sessions - Pick One (1.15 CE): 

            -  How to Thrive and Not Just Survive as a Virtual School Counselor

            -  Ethics Workshop:  Allyship vs. Accompliceship - Our Ethical Duty as Counselors 

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Date: TBD

Advocacy: The Voice of Counselors in Public Policy

Hosted by TCA Legistlative Committee

1 CE available

Free for TCA Members, $10 for non-members

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5:00 pm (CST)

6:00 PM (EST)

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

Hosted by West TN Counseling Association

*Free to All 

*No CEs available

 Registration coming soon  More info coming soon



October #3: Register Here - Building Community in Counseling Organizations during COVID-19

Partnership with TCA Membership Chair, Kevin Doyle


Monday, October 19, 2020: 5:00 CST/6:00 EST  

Title: Building Community in Counseling Organizations during COVID-19 
Presenters: Monica Band, Ph.D. LPC, NCC, ACS and Sandra Kakacek, Ph.D., LCPC

Free for all!   TCA Members and non-member - no charge!

This event is not CE eligible.    

Description:  COVID-19 has made us all reconsider how we operate as chapters and divisions within the counseling community.  It presents a unique challenge to how we connect, engage, and support our stake holders in our branches and divisions.  Join the Tennessee Counseling Association for an interactive discussion with ACA Branch Development Co-Chairs, Monica Band and Sandra Kakacek, to talk about the challenges that we are having, and how we can adapt to this “new normal”. Attendees are encouraged to reflect on the challenges that their organizations are facing, and come with questions. 


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November - TCA Goes Virtual: Register Here 

Thursday, November 5, 2020: Pre Conference

Friday, November 6, 2020: TCA Conference

Saturday, November 7, 2020: TCA Conference

All Conference Details can be found Here.   




Past Trainings



October #2: Register Here - Friday Fixer Mixer

Partnership with Lookout Counseling Association

Friday, October 9, 2020: 4:00 CST/5:00 EST - 6:00 CST/7:00 EST  

Title: Friday Fixer Mixer 
Presenters: Eric Farmer, President-Elect of Lookout Counseling Association

Free for all!   TCA Members and non-member - no charge!

This event is not CE eligible.    

Description:  On Friday, October 9th join LCA President-Elect Eric “Dj Ego” Farmer, as he spins some current and classic tunes, while you “mix and mingle” in this virtual social event.  This is a B.R.T.B. (Be Ready To Boogie) event. 


September #2: Strategies for Culturally Responsive Advocacy in Schools

Partnership with Tennessee School Counseling Association 

Thursday, September 24, 2020: 5:30 CST/6:30 EST - 6:30 CST/7:30 EST 

Title: Strategies for Culturally Responsive Advocacy in Schools 
Presenters: Sarah N. Brant-Rajahn, PhD, NCC

Free for TCA Members, $10 for non-members
Hosted by the Tennessee School Counseling Association (TnSCA)
Eligible for 1 CE


School counselors are called to engage in culturally responsive practices and advocacy to promote equitable access to opportunities, support, and resources. This session will highlight the unique challenges marginalized students and their families face. Also, the session will provide strategies and examples for a culturally responsive, tiered approach toward advocacy. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to utilize culturally responsive assessment tools, examine data, and disseminate data to advocate and program for student needs.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss culturally responsive advocacy strategies using a tiered approach.
  3. Participants will be able to understand approaches to centering advocacy across the ASCA model.

Presenter Bios: 

Dr. Sarah N. Brant-Rajahn is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, she served as a school counselor in Georgia for 7 years. During her time as a school counselor, she engaged in ongoing advocacy on behalf of her students and developed several initiatives and programs to address student needs. She has presented at numerous national, regional, and state conferences and facilitated multiple training workshops focused on multicultural counseling and advocacy. She currently serves as the SACES Multicultural Counseling Interest Network Co-chair. Her research interests include school racial climate, K-12 Black student identity development, culturally responsive pedagogy and practices, and racial trauma. 


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September #1: Self-Care: Practice Now Before You Need It

Partnership with Smoky Mountain Counseling Association

Thursday, September 17, 2020: 6:00CST/7:00 EST - 7:00 CST/8:00 EST 

Title: Self-Care: Practice Now Before You Need It 
Presenters: Sarah Proctor, LMFT

Free for TCA Members, $10 for non-members
Hosted by the Smoky Mountain Counseling Association (SMCA) - however, all are welcome!
Eligible for 1 CE

Description:  Counseling in the best of circumstances can be taxing. However, during a pandemic, managing your own stress while working with students and clients who are experiencing additional stress is a monumental task. Sarah Proctor shares the importance of practicing self-awareness to be able to identify compassion fatigue, burn-out, and obstacles that inhibit our wellness practices.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify risk factors for compassion fatigue and burn-out
  2. Recognize obstacles to resilience
  3. Assess personal levels of stress and opportunities for resilience
  4. Develop an understanding of an effective self-care plan

Presenter Bio:   Sarah Proctor, LMFT, has been in solo, private-practice for 6 years, which is what she always dreamed of doing when she decided she wanted to be a therapist. She also has experience in an in-patient psychiatric setting, and has been an adjunct instructor at Johnson University in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She has taught Theories of Counseling, Parent Education and Guidance, and a course she developed called Self-Care and Resiliency. She became interested in self-care as a grad student, because she heard the term often and was encouraged to teach clients "good" self-care habits. However, her passion for self-care developed from the practice of truly attending to her own complex, inner-self! 

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Thursday, August 27, 2020: 5:30 CST/6:30 EST - 6:30 CST/7:30 EST 

Title: Best Practices for New Counselors
Presenters: Eva M. Gibson, EdD; Meghan Bell, M.S.; Curtis McAfee, M.S; Yashica Smith, M.Ed.; Brittany Thatcher, M.S.

Free for TCA Members, $10 for non-members
Hosted by the Tennessee School Counseling Association (TnSCA)
Eligible for 1 CE


School counselors are expected to support the academic, career, and social/emotional development of students. While counselors have been trained to address these needs, new counselors may benefit from additional support as they take on these responsibilities. During this hour-long presentation, panel presenters will address best practice strategies for new counselors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify strategies to advocate for their role.
  2. Participants will be able to describe approaches to communicate with stakeholders.
  3. Participants will be able to apply best practice strategies to their worksite.

Presenter Bios: 

Eva M. Gibson, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Licensed School Counselor

Dr. Eva M. Gibson is currently an Assistant Professor at Austin Peay State University. Dr. Gibson has also taught at Tennessee State University and Capella University. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, she served eleven years in the public school system as a licensed school counselor. Her counseling experience covered a wide array of diverse clients and required targeted strategies to meet their needs. Dr. Gibson routinely offers professional development trainings for counselors and has served as a site and faculty supervisor for multiple counselors-in-training. Her research areas include school counseling, advocacy, and social justice.

Meghan Bell, MS, Licensed School Counselor

Meghan recently completed her first year as a school counselor at Crieve Hall Elementary. Prior to entering the field of school counseling, Meghan worked as a paraprofessional for individuals with special needs. She also worked with patient services at Vanderbilt Medical Center. In addition to her professional service, Meghan also provided community service as a volunteer mentor and workshop facilitator.

Curtis McAfee, MS, Licensed School Counselor

Curtis recently completed his second year as a school counselor. He currently works at Mount Juliet Middle School. During the last two years Curtis as worked to meet the needs of students through individual and group counseling, develops and monitors 504 Plans for students with disabilities, creates support plans for truancy-related issues, and connects parents to resources. Prior to entering the field of counseling, Curtis worked for the Department of Children’s Services and served in the National Guard. 

Brittany Thatcher, MS, Licensed School Counselor

Brittany recently completed her second year as a school counselor. She currently works at Lakeview Elementary Design Center and provides counseling services to students and consultation services to stakeholders. Prior to entering the field of school counseling, Brittany worked as a clinical case manager and residential counselor. She has also served as a program manager for a youth development program. 

YaShica Smith, MEd, Licensed School Counselor

YaShica recently completed her first year as a school counselor. She currently works at Lakeview Elementary Design Center and supports the academic, career, and social/emotional development of students. Prior to entering the field of school counseling, YaShica worked as an educational assistant and behavioral youth counselor. She has volunteered in the community for many years and has served as a mentor for TnAchieves.  



July: 2020

July's Membership Special - training sessions are complimentary to TCA members.  Non-Members will be charged $10, per training session.  

Up to 3 CEs available. 

Session One: 7/17/20 at 10:15 CST/11:15 EST - 11:45 CST/12:45 EST  (1.5 CEs)

Ethically Using Telehealth to Work with Clients in School and Clinical Settings

Session Synopsis:

As we face this sudden reliance on telehealth services during this COVID-19 crisis, it is important to remember our professional ethics and training requirements. For this reason, this webinar will train you on the ethical and legal implications inherent to using telehealth services and offers guidance on best practice strategies to manage these issues. This webinar will provide helpful answers to many questions and will supply links to additional resources. The ACA Code of Ethics and other codes will be discussed.


Cody W Dickson, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMHP, NCC is an Associate Professor, Administrative Faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online Counselor Education Department. Dr. Dickson is the Clinical Administrator for the fieldwork programs and Administrator for the Student Development and Writing Remediation programs. He is a licensed counselor and supervisor in Nebraska and Texas with over 25 years of experience in behavioral health services. He is a consultant on issues ranging from rural workforce development, academic/community partnerships, and accreditation. Dr. Dickson’s research interests include identity development, rural mental health services, social justice/advocacy, contemplative practices, consultation, and treatment of SPMI. He recently received certification in telehealth services.

Session Two: 7/17/20 at 1:00 CST/2:00 EST - 2:30 CST/3:30 EST  (1.5 CEs)

Helping Children with Trauma Before and After a Pandemic

Session Synopsis:
Children are experiencing anxiety and trauma as a result of events related to the pandemic. This webinar will introduce attendees to trauma, its effects on children, and will offer theoretical and practical strategies to help our clients. The presenter will also discuss how she ethically uses telehealth to work specifically with children and families during the pandemic.

Dr. Lynn Jennings, PhD is a licensed professional counselor supervisor (LPCS), and licensed sex offender treatment provider (LSOTP) in private practice.  She obtained her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University, her Master’s Degree from WTAMU, and her Bachelor’s Degree from WTAMU.  She is a Distinguished Graduate in the College of Education and Social Sciences at WTAMU.

She and her husband, Stephen, have been in private practice for over 17 years, and have a successful practice comprised of six counselors and five staff in Amarillo, TX. 

Lynn is an Adjunct Faculty for Counseling/Counselor Education Department at Texas Tech University, and University of Tennessee at Martin.  Her therapeutic focus includes trauma and trauma-related issues; families in crisis; secondary traumatic stress in counselors and other professionals in the helping field; PTSD, and other trauma-related issues.  

Lynn is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) and is a Compassion Fatigue Therapist and Compassion Fatigue Educator.  She also holds a certification in Child Trauma, which was awarded by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Lynn is recognized as an expert in child development, child trauma and child sexual abuse in the state of Texas, in family law and criminal law cases, as well as in Federal court.

She has co-authored articles and book chapters on the subjects of marriage and family therapy, career counseling, middle school bullying, ethics, and secondary traumatic stress.  She, along with her husband, Stephen, and their staff, conduct ongoing research in the area of secondary traumatic stress in first responders, the Multidisciplinary Team, attorneys, and counselors.

Lynn and Stephen have been married for 35 years, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.


 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.