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Past TLPCA Conferences

TLPCA  Inaugural Conference

The new Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association (TLPCA) delivered a major conference on April 20, 2007.  Two hundred twenty (220) mental health professionals from across the State of Tennessee participated in fourteen sessions designed specifically to meet the needs of LPCs. 

During the luncheon session, President-elect of the American Counseling Association, Dr. Colleen Logan provided a timely and inspiring presentation.  Also during the luncheon session, TLPCA established an annual award in the name of Dr. Susan Hammonds-White.  This award seeks to honor the substantial and enduring contributions Dr. Hammonds-White has made to the development of professional counseling in Tennessee.  This award will be presented annually to an LPC who has made significant, long-term contributions to our profession. 

2008 Conference

TLPCA’s Second Annual Conference was another great success with 240 attendees!  Sponsored by Argosy University, the conference theme, "Strengthening Counselors, Promoting Peace”, was timely as it spoke to many of the challenging concerns that mental health counselors are encountering in our daily work.  Over 35 professionals shared their expertise, and in doing so, enhanced our clinical skills and encouraged new possibilities for expanding counseling resources. 

TLPCA was honored to have Dr. Herlihy share her vast professional and personal experience regarding the professional growth of counselors.  In keeping with the conference theme, Dr, Herlihy is a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and shared stories from her personal experience in the aftermath of the hurricane that threatened to devastate not only the city but the hearts, souls and minds of the people who called New Orleans "home”.  Known best for her extensive research and writings about the ethics of counseling; conference attendees will likely never forget her powerful reminder that counselors must help clients find hope in even the most dire circumstances as hope is the essence of human triumph.

2009 Conference

TLPCA held its third annual statewide conference on April 3, 2009 at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and sponsored by Argosy University. The theme this year was "Treating Trauma in the 21st Century,” with 15 topic-related sessions throughout the day. The morning’s keynote address, "Trauma in Action,” was provided by author Dr. Ted Klontz, former president of Onsite Workshops. 

Thanks to Dr. Peter Wilson and his staff, the new Boone Business Center at Trevecca provided an excellent venue for approximately twenty-two exhibitors throughout the day. The annual business meeting, elections, and awards luncheon was held at noon. 

Nancy Truett, TLPCA Regional Representative for Knoxville, was the recipient this year of the Susan Hammonds-White Leadership Award. This award recognizes professional contributions in leadership and community service in the field of clinical mental health counseling. Nancy was one of the first regional representatives to TLPCA and regularly represents the state at the AMHCA annual conference. She has been active for years in the Knoxville region, helping to organize meetings, provide networking opportunities, and recruit members in eastern Tennessee. Congratulations, Nancy! 

The Community Service Award this year went to Dan Edwards. The TLPCA strategic goal for 2008-2009 was to assist in building regional groups across Tennessee. During the months prior to this year’s conference President Kay Arnold and Dan Edwards visited every regional group presenting his workshop, "The Landmines of Treating Combat PTSD,” and helping to recruit new members and publicize the upcoming conference. As a result of their efforts, there were over ___ attendees at this year’s conference from all across the state. A huge thanks to Dan and Kay for all their hard work! 

Additional Presidential Award recipients included: 

TLPCA Graduate Student of the Year: Kathryn Taylor Moore. This award goes to a graduate student who has contributed significantly to TLPCA throughout the year, demonstrating a commitment to the professionalism to the mental health community, which TLPCA represents and serves. Kathryn was a key player in the organization and execution of this year’s conference.  

TLPCA Conference Volunteer: Deb Wilson. This award is given to a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to assist with the conference. Deb contacted and coordinated all of the conference exhibitors and served as liaison between TLPCA and Trevecca. 

TLPCA Regional Representatives of the Year: This award goes to regional coordinators who have represented TLPCA exceptionally by organizing meetings, recruiting members, and supporting mental health professionals in their areas. 

  • Lisa Stewart, Cookeville: Hosted first their meeting in 2008 with a broken hip and hosted another in 2009 following treatment for cancer. Talk about dedication!
  • Rebecca Stein, Chattanooga: Provided location and food for large crowds at meetings 2008-2009 with apparent effortlessness.
  • Marcy Webb, Middle Tennessee: Spent hours compiling middle Tennessee attendee list for computer mailings, assisted Kay throughout the year behind the scenes.  


TLPCA Counselor Educator of the Year: This award is given to educators who have devoted their lives to the mental health community. Along with their devotion to students, these educators have spent hours leading TLPCA with experience and vision into the future. 

  • Dr. Robin Lee: As Membership Chair from 2007 to present almost single-handedly registered and recorded the membership of TLPCA from a membership of 0 to 225 in a matter of days following our first conference in 2007. I would bet money, she has reliable, devoted contacts at every university in the state!
  • Dr. Francis Martin: As Professional Development Chair, provided vision for TLPCA from day one hosting the first 2007 conference at Argosy University when TLPCA was approximately one month old. That vision led to a five-year strategic plan, an NBCC continuing education provider number, and a professional development plan LPCs.  


TLPCA Volunteer of the Year: Kim Speakman. This award goes to a person who has demonstrated an exceptional spirit of volunteerism and devotion to TLPCA. As association Treasurer from 2007 to present, Communications/Public Relations Chair, acting Executive Director (a position that does not exist except in workload) Kim is truly deserving. By nature, sheer determination, and some serious OCD gifts, Kim has willingly acted as administrative manager to the previous presidents, Cindy Sneed and Kay Arnold, and the current president. She has read, edited, designed, created nearly every printed piece connected to TLCPA (mailings, brochures, programs, name cards). She has devoted herself to the professional presentation of TLPCA. A big thank-you to Kim, who is now our President-Elect for 2010-2011! 

This was the first conference TLPCA has offered as an independent NBCC continuing education provider. Thanks to all those who presented, exhibited, and attended this year. You made our conference a success. Based on our perusal of your conference evaluations it was a resounding success!  

Stay tuned for more information on the next spring conference in 2010. More information, calls for proposals, and award nomination forms will be available soon. The conference theme for next year will be: Co-occurring Disorders. 

Carol H. Gipson, PhD, LPC/MHSP
2009 Conference Chair
2009-2010 TLPCA President


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