Welcome to TACES!

I am glad you stopped by to take a look at our webpage. Here you can meet our officers, committee members, and some of Tennessee’s most outstanding counselor educators and supervisors. While you are browsing our website, ask yourself this question: How can I positively influence counselor education, supervision, and counseling service in the state of Tennessee?

The Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) was established as a state branch of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) which is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). ACES is divided into five regions, and Tennessee is one of 14 states that comprise the largest of these regions — the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES). We are also a division of the Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA). These divisions offer many opportunities to network and exchange ideas.

TACES membership is open to those who are interested in improving the counseling profession and enhancing the skills of developing counselors. Certainly if you are a Tennessee counselor educator of counseling supervisor, your engagement with TACES will create a network for shared ideas, collaborative work, and ongoing professional growth. For students who are considering a profession in counselor education or who plan to supervise others in the future, TACES is the place for you! This is where you will meet Tennessee’s exemplar professionals, establish a state-wide professional network, and have access to ongoing professional mentorship. Retired professionals, we still need you! You are the seasoned gurus who remind us of the progress this profession has made, encourage us to continue to move forward, and contribute the priceless knowledge that only a lifetime of professional experience can acquire. TACES wants and needs your wisdom.

So, how can you positively influence this profession? Get involved! Contributing to the advancement of the counselor education, supervision, and counseling profession can take many forms. You can contribute by:

  • Maintaining your membership
  • Mentoring others through professional affiliation with TACES
  • Becoming a leader through board or committee participation
  • Promoting/Supporting research by being a judge for the annual Graduate Student Poster Presentation event
  • Presenting/Coordinating the TACES annual pre-conference training session
  • Offering expert editorial review skills for the TCA journal

Regardless of how you choose to make a difference, you can have a positive influence right here in Tennessee — right here in TACES. Get involved today!

Best wishes to you always,

Gina Frieden, Ph.D.
TACES President

The Tennessee Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) is the division of the Tennessee Counseling Association that represents counselor educators and supervisors in the state of Tennessee and is the state chapter of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES).

Our Purpose

The purpose of TACES is to foster the development and improvement of counselor education and supervision in the state of Tennessee; and to provide an organization through which those engaged in these services can exchange ideas, seek solutions to common problems, stimulate their professional growth, and establish and improve standards of professional services.

Gina Frieden, Ph.D.

Program Director, Human Development Counseling
Vanderbilt University

Deborah Buchanan, Ph.D.

School Counseling Program Coordinator
Austin Peay State University

Melissa Fickling, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The University of Memphis

Stephanie Gotay,
Immediate Past-President

The University of Memphis

Megan Herscher,

Program Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Program
Carson-Newman University

Ginny Dansby, Ed.D., NCC

Coordinator, School Counseling Concentration
Middle Tennessee State University

Committee Members

Awards Committee | Dr. Sandy Terneus (Chair), Dr. Rebekah Byrd, and Dr. Ginny Dansby

Bylaws Committee | Dr. Rebekah Byrd (Chair), Dr. Mike Bundy, Dr. Ginny Dansby, and Stephanie Gotay

Graduate Student Poster Committee | Stephanie Gotay (Chair), Dr. Rebekah Byrd, Dr. Jeri Lee, and Dr. Cassandra Pusateri

Membership Committee | Dr. Deborah Buchanan (Chair)

Nomination Committee | Dr. Eva Gibson and Stephanie Gotay

Social Media Chair | Dr. Claire W. Dempsey

TCA Journal

Editor | Susan Lahey

For more information on the TCA Journal, click here.

Past Presidents of TACES

1993 – 1994 | Dr. Ginny Dansby, 1995 – 1996 | Bill Poppin, 1996 – 1997 | Dr. Ellen Slicker, 1997 – 1998 | Dr. Nancy Nishimura, 1998 – 2000 | Dr. Gina Frieden, 2000 – 2003 | Dr. Jennifer Adams, 2003 – 2005 | Dr. Robin Lee, 2005 – 2006 | Dr. Jan Turner, 2006 – 2007 | Dr. Jeannine Studer, 2007 – 2008 | Dr. Kristi Gibbs, 2008 – 2009 | Dr. Teah Moore, 2009 – 2010 | Dr. LuAnnette Butler, 2010 – 2011 | Dr. Jeffrey Freiden, 2011 – 2012 | Dr. Carolyn Brewer, 2012 – 2013 | Dr. Michelle Stevens, 2013 – 2014 | Christina Mick, 2014 – 2015 | Rebekah Byrd, 2015 – 2016 | Stephanie Gotay

Other Past-Presidents:
Dr. Keith Carlson, Dr. Marla Peterson, Dr. Chuck Thompson, Dr. Larry DeRidder

Past Secretaries

2004 – 2005 | Dr. Brenda Rambo, 2005 – 2006 | Dr. Kristi Gibbs, 2006 – 2007 | Dr. Joel Diambra, 2007 – 2009 | Dr. Melinda Gibbons, 2009 – 2011 | Dr. Shawn Spurgeon, 2011 – 2013 | Dr. Eva Gibson, M.S., 2013 – 2015 | Dr. Sandy Terneus

Past Treasurers

2004 – 2005 | Dr. Brian Griffin, 2005 – 2016 | Dr. Robin Lee

Past Journal Editors/Co-Editors

Dr. Robin Lee, Dr. Nancy Nishimura, Dr. Ronnie Priest, Dr. Joel Diambra, Dr. Jeannine Studer

TACES December Workshop: Working with Childhood Trauma Using the Neurosequential Model

All TACES members are invited to attend!

Date: December 2nd, 2017
Presenter: Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
Location: Vanderbilt University, Mayborn 204

Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His clinical research and practice has examined the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC).


How to Register

Participants will be able to: 1) Describe clinical research in maltreated children related to the impact of childhood trauma on brain development, emotion regulation, and behavior; 2) Outline basic neurodevelopmental principles necessary for understanding the role of childhood experience in defining brain function and organization; 3) Provide an overview of key concepts of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT); 4) Understand ways in which NMT can be implemented in counseling intervention across multiple settings.
• $60 Professional rate (includes CE from NBCC and certificate)
• $50 TCA/TACES member rate (with proof of membership ONLY, includes CE as above)
• $20 Student rate (with University-Issued Student ID ONLY, includes certificate of attendance)
• Early-Bird Discount of $10 with registration before 11/18
• Free no ticket/no tow parking day of event (lot corner of 18th Ave. S & Horton Ave.)

• Register online HERE.


Questions? Please contact alyssa.r.pesavento (at) vanderbilt.edu

2017 TACES Essay Competition Winners

Master’s Level

1st Place Master’s Level

Emma Buchanan, Vanderbilt University


2nd Place Master’s Level

Catherine Stutzner, Lipscomb University


1st Place Doctoral Level

Zachary Alexander, Argosy University


2nd Place Doctoral Level

Jamie Staggs, Argosy University – Nashville


3rd Place Doctoral Level

Rebekah Lemmons, University of Memphis

2017 Annual Graduate Student Poster Presentations

Friday, November 10th at the Nashville Airport Marriott, Nashville TN

This forum offers graduate students an opportunity to share their work with other professionals and developing professionals. Poster content focuses on counseling related issues and may include research, literature reviews, and counseling intervention techniques. Cash prize awards are presented!!!

Don’t miss this fun and educational event.

Applications will be available HERE.

2017 Winners

1st Place Doc Level

Teri Murphy, Trevecca Nazarene University
Compassion and Help-seeking Attitudes Concerning Campus Sexual Assault


2nd Place Doc Level

Amanda Hinds, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as Treatment for Sex Offenders


1st Place Master Level

Angelica Galvan & Leslie D. Bohn
Tennessee Technological University
Effective Narrative Therapy Techniques with Latino College-Aged Clients


2nd Place Master Level

Caroline Bravo, Tennessee Technological University
Losing a Loved One: Treatment of Grief through Buddhist-Derived Interventions


Social Media Award

Carrie Koehler, Carson-Newman University
The Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy on Music Performance Anxiety

Journal Editorship

Sponsored by TACES.

The journal is a peer-reviewed journal published online biennially. The purpose of the TCA Journal remains constant: to promote professional growth and creativity of TCA members, Tennessee counselors, counselors nation-wide, and other helping professionals.

Legacy League

Initiated in 2015, the TACES Legacy League is an elite recognition of TACES members, past and present, who have made a significant and lasting impression on TACES or on the counselor education and supervision profession. Members honored through the Legacy League are recognized not for their personal achievements but rather the impact, influence, and contributions they have made to other professionals and to the profession.


TACES recognizes the achievements of outstanding members in five categories: 1) the TACES Legacy League, 2) the Dr. Charles Thompson Counselor Educator award, 3) the Dr. Beryl West Advocate/Humanitarian award, 4) the TACES Emerging Leader award, and 5) the TACES Outstanding Doctoral Student award.

Learn how to make a NOMINATION for one of these awards.

Graduate Student Posters

TACES is the sponsor of the annual Graduate Student Poster Presentations held during the TCA conference. This forum offers students an opportunity to share their work with other professionals and developing professions. Poster content focuses on counseling related issues and may include research, literature reviews, and counseling intervention techniques.

To learn how to make a NOMINATION for one of these awards, click here