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Welcome to SMCA!

Welcome to the new and improved Smoky Mountain Counseling Association website!

Smoky Mountain Counseling Association is a regional chapter of the state organizations, Tennessee Counseling Association. As a chapter of TCA, SMCA works to support both the mission and purpose of TCA by meeting throughout the year to provide professional development opportunities for School Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, Rehabilitation Counselors, Social Workers, Counselor Supervisors, graduate students and anyone interested in counseling and the profession as a whole.

Our meetings include a time to network, meet other counselors from the area, have dinner, and a one-hour professional development opportunity. The professional development part of our meeting will always have a guest speaker who will speak on a relevant topic and its relation to counseling.

Our goals for this year are:

  • Be intentional about increasing membership
  • Establish new ways to address the need of our current mental health members
  • Determine new ways to invest and reach out to members of our community
  • Identify ways to use technology and social media to broaden our scope of reach and influence

Our counties include, Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.

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Our Mission:

The mission of the Smoky Mountain Counseling Association is to enhance the quality of life in Tennessee and society by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession, and using the profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.

Our Purpose

The purposes of SMCA:

a) To unite in one organization all persons engaged or interested in any phase of counseling and developmental work in East Tennessee, including the counties of Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.

b) To maintain and improve professional standards in fields of counseling and development.

c) To encourage the development of counseling and development activities in the East Tennessee area.

d) To serve as an agency for information about counseling and development programs in the East Tennessee area and in the State of Tennessee.

e) To disseminate information and focus public attention on legislation affecting the counseling and development profession in the East Tennessee area and the State of Tennessee.

g) To publish a newsletter to inform the membership, to foster cohesiveness, and to further the goals and objectives of the organization.

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Nacole Gwathney M.S., PSC
President

School Counselor, Knox County Schools

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Terry Sharp
President-Elect

School Counselor, Knox County Schools

Rena Arwood

Rena Arwood
Secretary

Carson Newman
Graduate Student

Candy Pelham

Candy Pelham
Treasurer

Carson Newman University Graduate Student

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Mariah Woolridge
Membership Chair

Rachael Marshall
Social Media Chair

UT Doctoral Student

Megan Herscher

Megan Herscher
Past President

Mental Health Program at Carson Newman

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Tracy Cagle
Legislative Liaison Chair

SMCA 2018 One-Day Conference

SMCA Monthly Meetings

Lookout Mountain & SMCA Present: Leigh Bagwell

Date: April 6th
Time: 5:30 – 7:30
Location: TBD

We will be meeting at Puleo’s Grille at 260 N. Peters Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923. Dinner will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 and our presentation will began at 6:30 to 7:30.

The SMCA One-Day Conference, will be held at Carson Newman University.

If you want to RSVP to a meeting or join our email list, please email SMCAOfficers@gmail.com

Also, to Knox County employees, our meetings are on ERO and you will need to register if you would like in-service credit. Please note that it is only for the speaker portion of the meeting. If you need a CEU, there will be a place for you to indicate that upon signing in for the meeting and you will be sent a certificate via email.

Our meeting with Lookout Mountain will be at a location TBD

We will be meeting at Puleo’s Grille at 260 N. Peters Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923. Dinner will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 and our presentation will begin at 6:30 to 7:30.

The SMCA One-Day Conference, will be held at Carson Newman University.

If you want to RSVP to a meeting or join our email list, please email SMCAOfficers@gmail.com.

Also, to Knox County employees, our meetings are on ERO and you will need to register if you would like in-service credit. Please note that it is only for the speaker portion of the meeting. If you need a CEU, there will be a place for you to indicate that upon signing in for the meeting and you will be sent a certificate via email.

Self-Care & SMCA Awards Ceremony 

Date: May 4th
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Our meeting with Lookout Mountain will be at a location TBD

We will be meeting at Puleo’s Grille at 260 N. Peters Rd. Knoxville, TN 37923. Dinner will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 and our presentation will begin at 6:30 to 7:30.

The SMCA One-Day Conference, will be held at Carson Newman University.

If you want to RSVP to a meeting or join our email list, please email SMCAOfficers@gmail.com.

Also, to Knox County employees, our meetings are on ERO and you will need to register if you would like in-service credit. Please note that it is only for the speaker portion of the meeting. If you need a CEU, there will be a place for you to indicate that upon signing in for the meeting and you will be sent a certificate via email.