C-N to host SMCA conference Feb. 15

Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Area counseling professionals are invited to the eighth annual Smoky Mountain Counseling Association (SMCA) Conference Saturday, Feb. 15, at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City.

“I don’t know of any conference in East Tennessee as comprehensive for all areas of counseling,” said Dr. Michael Bundy, Carson-Newman’s assistant professor of school counseling and current president of the Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA).

The conference, which offers Continuing Education Units (CEU), includes a wide range of counseling sessions from ethics to mindfulness counseling, college/career counseling, supervision, crisis counseling, and many more.

“It is a great time to connect with other professionals as a networking opportunity as well as learn from experts in the field in breakout sessions,” said Melissa Scoble, president elect of the Smoky Mountain Counseling Association and Carson-Newman alumna.

All counseling professionals are invited to the professional development event held in Carson-Newman’s Stokely Memorial Building/Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s conference, titled “Work Your Magic,” begins with comedian and magician Stephen Bargetze as keynote speaker. Bargetze speaks to some 45,000 students a year and uses magic to show today’s youth how drugs, alcohol and tobacco can affect their lives.

Lunch speakers include Lt. Col. Scott Bryant, Carson-Newman’s ROTC recruiting officer, and Carolyn Brewer, Carson-Newman’s program director of graduate studies in counseling.

Thirty breakout sessions cover a variety of counseling topics such as “Counseling Ethics in the Age of Social Media,” and “Quantitative Electroencephalography and Neurofeedback — Adding a new dimension to diagnostics and treatment for counselors.” Attendees may attend three, which can be counted toward CEU credit.

The SMCA is a chapter of the TCA. They seek to unite regional counseling professionals and provide opportunities for professional growth and continued education.

The conference costs $50 before Feb. 9 for non-TCA/SMCA members. The cost at the door is $65. Discounts are available for TCA or SMCA members, students, retired professionals and presenters. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and CEU certificates are included.

For more information or to register, visit cn.edu/ceu.

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