SMCA 11th Annual One-day Conference
“Healing for All”
Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm
Carson-Newman University

SMCA Conference offers area mental health counselors and school counselors twenty-eight (28) education sessions by high-quality presenters sharing best practices, strategies and cutting-edge research. There will three (3) Ethics CEUs. This year we will also be hosting a Pre-conference that is free for our SMCA members with conference registration. We have an energetic and knowledgeable keynote speaker Dr. Chad Luke discussing Neuro-Informed Counseling.

Counselors can earn up to Six Continuing Education credits by participating in programs covering such topics as ethics, supervision, neuro-informed counseling, college readiness, play therapy, family interventions, self-care, counseling special populations and many other effective counseling strategies. To read programs and presenters, see below links.

Low registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, CE certificate, networking opportunities, and much more.

Full scholarships for registration are available to our first 13 volunteers. You must be willing to commit February 24th and February 25th if interested reply to this email by January 15th 

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2017 SMCA Pre-Conference and Keynote Speaker

SMCA Pre-Conference Event- Youth Mental Health First Aid

SMCA Pre-conference event- Youth Mental Health First Aid

SMCA and Chi Sigma Iota, Chi Nu Upsilon Chapter, is proud to present Youth Mental Health First Aid. It is designed to teach how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Registration for this event is free for SMCA members attending the conference. Without SMCA membership cost is $10 for lunch. The Event will be Friday, February 24th from 9-3 lunch provided.

Chad Luke, Ph.D. to deliver keynote address on Neuro-Informed Counseling at SMCA Conference

 Chad Luke PhD, LPC-MHSP, NCC, ACS, MAC is an associate professor of counselor education at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN and a clinical supervisor. He holds a PhD in Counselor Education from the University of Tennessee. He teaches courses in neuroscience for counselors, career counseling, theory, multicultural counseling, group counseling, practicum and internship. He has clinical experience with addictions, children & adolescents, the homeless, college students and other adults. He has been a Career Services Director and Associate Dean of Student Development, and has published several articles and book chapters on career, college success, and mental health. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in career, addictions, and college populations. His most recent book is entitled “Neuroscience for Counselors and Therapists: Integrating the Sciences of Brain and Mind”, published by SAGE.  Dr. Luke is excited to join us for 10th Annual SMCA One-day Conference!

Leigh Bagwell to deliver lunchtime address 

Leigh Bagwell is Coordinator of School Counseling for the Tennessee Department of Education. She is leading transformational work in school counseling throughout the state. Her goal is to provide every school counselor with the training and resources needed to deliver high quality, student-driven, data informed comprehensive school counseling programs to all Tennessee students. Leigh’s experience includes working with national experts through College Board’s “Own the Turf” and Urban School Counseling Initiative and most recently, the White House’s Reach Higher Convening on increasing college access and success. Leigh has 20 years of experience in counseling, including working at the elementary and secondary levels at Rutherford County Schools, and most recently, serving as coordinator of school counseling for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Please reach out to if you have questions about school counseling.

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Pre-Conference Online Registration

Preconference registration is now full. We look forward to seeing you at the SMCA Annual Conference on Saturday, February 25!

Conference Registration

Conference registration is closed. Thank you to everyone who participated in the SMCA Annual One Day Conference!

Want to be a Sponsor!


Sponsorship packets 300$ and up available.  Sponsorship may include, booth participation, web advertising, and color ads in the program.

  • $1000 for full page color ad in program
  • $1000 for logo placed on SMCA website for one year
  • $350 for exhibit booth at SMCA Conference
  • $150 for SMCA Conference registration representation

Please contact Dr. Herscher at for sponsorship information, spaces are filling up fast!