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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

SMOKY MOUNTAIN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION
12th ANNUAL CONFERENCE

CONFERENCE THEME: RAISING CONSCIOUSNESS
         
Location: Carson-Newman University    Jefferson City, TN  37760
Stokely Memorial Bldg/Cafeteria    Directions to C-NU: www.cn.edu/map
Call for Proposals
Submit to the SMCA Conference by January 4th through our easy google form
Or
Submit through email in the format below:
General Instructions:  Please submit a proposal complete the online form by JANUARY 4TH Proposals MUST follow format provided below.
Each proposal received by the deadline will be reviewed by the Proposal Selection Committee. Criteria for evaluation will include timeliness of topic, proposal quality, expertise of presenters, and fit to conference theme. Presentations may center on practice, theory or research, a single counseling technique or an entire prevention/intervention program.
PROPOSAL DEADLINE:  Submission must be postmarked and/or received by JANUARY 4TH  2018
Program title:  Limit title to 80 characters (including spaces) for inclusion in the conference. Your title should clearly and accurately describe the focus of your presentation.
Key themes for your presentation:  Provide one or two keywords or terms that identify the main focus of your proposal (e.g., school violence, grief, suicide, etc.).
Intended audience:  Please indicate the intended audience (community/mental health counselors, college/university faculty, elementary, middle or high school counselors, private practice, ALL or other [please specify]).
Program summary: In 50 words or fewer, describe your presentation (using present or future tense).  If your proposal is accepted, this is the description that will be used in the conference program.
Chair (contact person) & co-presenters:  Provide complete contact information for the program chair (main presenter) and co-presenters. Include name, organization/institutional affiliation, primary mailing address, day and evening phone number, and email address. (Name and organization/institutional affiliation will appear in program.)
A/V equipment:  Indicate if you will need A/V equipment for your presentation.  We have limited number of projectors and screens.
Presenters will receive a discounted rate on registration fee.
Presenters must provide 30 handouts.
Email questions to Nacole Gwathney nacole.steward@knoxschools.org

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.