Welcome to our 13th Annual Smoky Mountain Counseling Association Conference! This year's theme is "Advocacy". As counselors, we are in a place to serve as an advocate for our clients, for our profession and for ourselves.  This may be one of the most important roles in which we serve.  Without advocacy, our clients may not learn the best ways to use their voices to achieve their goals or obtain those things they need to fully reach their potential.  We, as counselors, would not be able to communicate clearly to our legislators, administrators, school boards, and other stakeholders, about what we do and what supports we need to best serve our students clients. Finally, without advocacy, we might neglect ourselves, and our needs to take care of ourselves.  
This conference will provide a wonderful opportunity to help nourish that need for self-care and education. It is our hope that you come, participate, and leave refreshed, and with additional tools and skills to help you in your practice.
We look forward to seeing you there!!!
Terry Sharp
SMCA President
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Pre-Conference Training: Friday, February 15th, 2019 

Youth in the Glass Cage: 

Breaking the Invisible Prisons of Technology, Addiction, and Anxiety that are Trapping Teens and Young Adults 

Speaker: S. David Hall, PsyD, LMFT, LPC

We have all seen the situation, either in the counseling room or in everyday life, teens and young adults with what seem like every advantage in the world in regards to financial resources and an engaged family. Yet these youth seem “stuck,” either because they seem to stop engaging fully with their lives and their futures, or because they keep falling into negative habits.  We feel like we have a generation trapped in a glass cage with bars we cannot easily see. This training will look at how issues with technology use, addictive patterns (both substance and behavioral addictions), and general anxiety and fear are holding a generation back; and how those in helping professions and can help youth and their families begin to break these cages.

Workshop Learning Objectives

  1. Explore the context of teens and young adults in social and biological development, as well as specific tendencies for Millennials as a generation.
  2. Identify major trends in the engagement with technology, process and substance addiction, anxiety, and other mood disorder issues that are affecting Millennials.
  3. Discuss how the latest research and therapeutic practices can be applied in helping youth overcome these “stuck” areas in their lives.


This training is offered as 6 hours (whole day) of continuing education credit. This training will be held at the Baker Building at Carson-Newman University.

Date and Location

Friday, February 15th, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Carson-Newman University, Small Cafeteria of the Stokely Memorial Building.


TCA Member: Counseling Professional $35
TCA Member: Student/Retired $20
Non-TCA Member: Counseling Professional  $45
Non-TCA Member: Student/Retired $40



SMCA One-Day: Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Morning Speaker: Dr. Isabel C. Farrell

Keynote: Activate, Do, and Learn: Legislative Professional Advocacy in Action 

Dr. Isabel C. Farrell is an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University. Dr. Farrell has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.

Dr. Farrell is the 2017 past recipient of the Outstanding Counseling Advocate of the Year awarded by the Smoky Mountain Counseling Association, 2016 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellow, and 2018-2019 Chi Sigma Iota Intern.

Her clinical expertise lies with working with bilingual Latinx children and families in underserved communities, domestic violence and sexual assault survivors residing at a safe shelter, and providing career counseling services in Appalachian communities.

Her passion for advocacy and working with underserved populations guides her research. Her research and special interests include bilingual counseling, cultural identity, undocumented clients, advocacy, and Legislative Professional Advocacy. Dr. Farrell, alongside with Dr. Casey Barrio Minton are the authors of the Three-Tiered Legislative Professional Advocacy model that guides Legislative Professional Advocacy applications and training.

Lunch Speaker: Dr. Eva Gibson

Keynote: Advocacy through Cultural Competency

Dr. Eva Gibson minored in African Studies and has taught multiple classes in multicultural issues.  

Her current institution, Tennessee State University, is a Historically Black University, and specializes in working with students of color. Her counseling experience covered a wide array of diverse clients and required targeted strategies to meet their needs. Dr. Gibson has conducted research on African American students and has led numerous interventions to address the specific needs of this population.  Dr. Gibson’s most recent publication appeared in the American e
School Counseling Association’s magazine this Fall and focused on tailoring interventions toward African American students.  Moreover, Dr. Gibson has led numerous workshops and trainings on cultural competency and counselor considerations. Consequently, Dr. Gibson had the opportunity to represent the state as ASCA’s “2017 Tennessee School Counselor of the Year” during a visit to the White House alongside First Lady Michelle Obama in her final public speech. Dr. Gibson currently serves on the editorial board for the Professional School Counseling journal. Additionally, she is the current President of the Tennessee Counseling Association and previous President of the Tennessee School Counseling Association.


Conference Pricing

Registration Type

Prior to


2/1/19 - 


Day of


TCA Member: Counseling Professional $40 $50 $55
TCA Member: Student/Retired $20 $25 $30
Non-TCA Member: Counseling Professional $60 $70 $75
Non-TCA Member: Student/Retired $30 $35 $40
Confirmed Presenter $25 $30 N/A
Pre-Conference on 2/15/19
TCA Member: Counseling Professional $35 $35 $35
TCA Member: Student/Retired $20 $20 $20
Non-TCA Member: Counseling Professional  $45 $45 $45
Non-TCA Member: Student/Retired $40 $40 $40


Breakout Sessions


Conference Schedule







8:00-8:30 am

Registration/Continental Breakfast

Stokely Memorial Cafeteria

8:30-8:50 am

Opening Session

Stokely Memorial Cafeteria

8:50-9:50 am

Morning Speaker - Dr. Isabel Farrell

Stokely Memorial Cafeteria

9:50-10:00 am



10:00-11:00 am

Education Breakout 1

Educational Department

11:00-11:15 am




Education Breakout 2

Educational Department



Stokely Memorial Cafeteria

12:30-1:30 pm

Luncheon Speaker- Dr. Eva Gibson, TCA President

Stokely Memorial Cafeteria



1:45- 2:45 pm

Education Breakout 3

Educational Department

2:45-3:00 pm



3:00-4:00 pm

Education Breakout 4

Educational Department

4:00-4:30 pm

Closing Session

Stokely Memorial Cafeteria

4:30-5:00 pm

Pick up CE certifications

Stokely Memorial Cafeteria