2017 TACES Essay Competition!!! 

Submit by August 1st, 11:59p.m.

Calling ALL Counseling graduate students in Tennessee!

We want to hear your voice. 

As future professional counselors and counselor educators, your thoughts on the needs, roles, and functions of your profession matter. This year, you have an opportunity to develop your counselor identity through the first ever TACES Essay Competition. The top three master’s and doctoral essays will be considered for publication in the Tennessee Counseling Association Journal. In addition, winning essays will receive the following awards AND a free student registration to the Tennessee Counseling Association conference in November 2017:

1st place – $250 award

2nd place – $150 award

3rd place – $50 award

Objectives of this initiative include:

  • To develop ethical awareness and competence in graduate students.
  • To support advocacy of the profession through scholarly work.
  • To engage current and future TCA and TACES members in the organizations.
  • To recognize excellence in future counselors and counselor educators of Tennessee.


Essay prompt and rules 



  1. Each completed essay should be submitted to tacesessaycompetition@gmail.com in .doc or .docx format. In the body of the email, students must include the following information: author/student full name, name of university, level (masters or doc), TCA membership number, name and email of faculty advisor, and author’s preferred email address.
  2. No identifying information should be included in the essay (e.g., name of program, professor, student) to ensure a blind scoring process
  3. Each submitted essay must be the author’s original work, not previously submitted elsewhere (e.g., another publication, class assignment).
  4. Students may consult with mentors, supervisors, and/or faculty members while drafting their essays, but all writing must be the students’ own work.
  5. Each essay can have only one author.
  6. All submissions should adhere to APA Style, and should be no more than 7 pages in length (including references). Essays do not need an abstract or title page.
  7. All submissions should include reference to relevant sections of counseling codes of ethics.

To download Essay Competition RULES AND ESSAY PROMPT, click Here!

TACES Board Meeting

All TACES members are invited to attend!

Date: TTBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
2017 TCA Conference
(see conference program for details)

TACES is pleased to present the…

2017 Annual

Graduate Student Poster Presentations

Date: TBA

Location: TBA

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.


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