Tennessee School Counseling Association

School counselors are uniquely trained professionals who serve as mental health professionals in public and private PreK-12 grade schools throughout Tennessee. Through direct counseling services, consultation and collaboration, leadership, and advocacy, school counselors improve academic achievement, promote positive social/emotional development, and ensure college/career readiness for all students. They are change agents who make a measurable difference for students, schools, and communities.

The Tennessee School Counseling Association (TnSCA) is the state professional association for practicing school counselors, graduate students in school counseling, school counselor educators, and interested others. Your membership in TnSCA supports advocacy for the school counseling profession across the state and contributes to your own professional growth through professional development, networking opportunities, and exclusive consultation services.



2021-2022 Tennessee School Counseling Board

President: Julia Hoge

President-Elect: KaVita Lyles

Past President:  Eva Gibson

Secretary: Cavelle Gonga

Treasurer: Yvette Carter 

Bylaws Chair: Ashley Dale

Legislative Chair: Kim Rollins

Membership Chair: Nacole Steward Gwathney

Technology Chair:  Cavelle Gonga

Professional Development Chair:  KaVita Lyles



Upcoming Training - Register Here

Date and Time: Monday, April 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST/ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Title: Art and Games to Address Students’ Trauma and Anxiety

Presenters: Jennifer Tipton, M.Ed., NCC

1 CE Available 

Session Overview:  Research supports the use of creative counseling activities as a means of engaging students while tending to trauma/anxiety. This presentation will provide specific examples of games/art projects that may be used during child counseling sessions while also suggesting adaptations for individualization of content. Participants will explore means of evaluating student progress within the context of the creative interventions presented.


  • Participants will be able to demonstrate the use of play and creative-arts based interventions to address trauma/anxiety.
  • Participants will be able to tailor play interventions for specific work setting.
  • Participants will be able to understand approaches for intervention evaluation. 

Presenter Bio: 

Jennifer Tipton, M.Ed., NCC is a professional clinical mental health counselor and a doctoral student of Counselor Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has experience as a certified school counselor and in community mental health. In therapy, Jennifer utilizes a person-centered approach, focusing on a person's strengths, accomplishments, and personal growth as a means of self-healing. She also supports her clients’ development with tools from Cognitive/Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Jennifer is especially comfortable working with individuals on grief and loss tasks. She is passionate about creativity and the arts, which she integrates into her practice as applicable.