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.  

August: Registration Coming Soon 

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.