2020 TLPCA Counseling and Therapy Summit (Virtual)


Hidden Ethics: Advocacy, End-of-Life, and Competence – $45

Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 9 to 12 pm

This pre-conference session will take a case-based approach to better understanding some hidden aspects of the ethical codes, namely competence issues, end of life concerns, and counselor advocacy. The presenter will provide the audience with three separate case studies for review and processing. The presentation will include an analysis of ethical issues as they pertain to counseling/client interactions. Participants will have the opportunity to assess and increase awareness of their own values and beliefs related to competence, end of life, and advocacy.


  • Participants will increase awareness of the ethical codes related to advocacy, end of life, and competence.
  • Participants will increase their awareness of the legal aspects of advocacy, end of life, and competence and the relationship they have with ethics.
  • Participants will process their own values and beliefs related to these issues.

Presenter: Shawn Spurgeon

Dr. Shawn L. Spurgeon is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK). He currently serves as the President-Elect for the Faculty Senate at UTK. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education in 2002 from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research publications include articles on African American male development and Professor Counselor identity development, and he has completed over 50 presentations at national and regional conferences. He served as the faculty advisor for the Upsilon Theta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota for 9 years.

Dr. Spurgeon was a member of the American Counseling Association’s 2014 Ethics Revision Task Force and served as Chair of the ACA Ethics committee for 6 years. He is a Past-President of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) and the Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (SACES). He served as a Board Member for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and is the inaugural recipient of the Cortland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award. He is a Fellow for the American Counseling Association.

Dr. Spurgeon previously worked as a mental health counselor in a family services agency, a private practice, and a community mental health center. He is currently Licensed as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Two Best Practices for Suicide Assessment and Intervention – $45

Thursday, August 13, 2020 – 9 to 12 pm

In this practical session, we will explore two best practices for suicide assessment and intervention. First, participants will learn how to use the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) and converge C-SSRS results with additional contextual information to identify necessary level of care for clients with suicidal ideation. Then, participants will learn considerations for outpatient management of low to moderate suicide risk including how to conduct the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI). The presentation will incorporate demonstration, application, and discussion throughout.


  • Integrate the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) into comprehensive suicide assessment
  • Utilize C-SSRS results and additional contextual information to identify appropriate level of care for individuals with suicidal ideation
  • Apply Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) in context of counseling relationship.

Presenter: Casey A. Barrio Minton, PhD, NCC Professor of Counselor Education; Unit & CMHC Program Coordinator

Casey A. Barrio Minton, PhD, NCC, is Professor of Counselor Education and Counselor Education Unit Coordinator at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her scholarly work focuses on crisis intervention, clinical mental health issues, and professionalization through teaching and leadership.  Dr. Barrio Minton has authored 36 peer-reviewed journal articles and equally as many chapters and creative works.  She is author or editor of five books including Practical Approaches to Applied Research and Program Evaluation for Helping Professionals, the DSM-5 Learning Companion for Counselors, and Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy.  Founding editor for the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy, Dr. Barrio Minton is President-Elect-Elect of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and a Past-President of Chi Sigma Iota International, the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling, and the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association.

Cultural, Diversity, and Social Justice in Supervision – $45

Thursday, August 14, 2020 – 1 to 4 pm

Presenter: Michelle C. Stevens

Michelle C. Stevens, PhD, LPC-MHSP, is a Counselor Educator, Licensed Professional Counselor, and
Diversity and Cultural Competency Educator. Dr. Stevens serves as Professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN where she instructs master’s level students in learning the necessary knowledge and skills needed to become clinical mental health and school counselors. Dr. Stevens also teaches Black Psychology, a dually listed course in the Africana Studies and Psychology undergraduate programs at MTSU. She is the Principal Investigator of the MTSU College of Education and Murfreesboro City School Cultural Competency Collaboration. In addition to increasing cultural competency and proficiency, other areas of interests include: the study of cultural issues and historical trauma in the Black community and mentoring throughout the pipeline. She is the author of a book chapter discussing Historical Trauma in the U.S. surrounding the Trayvon Martin tragedy, is co-author of book chapters highlighting counseling issues and development over the lifespan, and is the coauthor of articles related to the experiences of immigrant college students. Dr. Stevens has presented at multiple national, regional, and local conferences discussing cultural competency issues as they relate to psychological well-being and has conducted a multitude of trainings focused on cultural competency and awareness, anxiety, and trauma. Additionally, Dr. Stevens has conducted several diversity and cultural awareness educational sessions and multiday trainings for mental health agencies, school systems, universities and non- profit organizations. Dr. Stevens is a supervising licensed clinical mental health counselor in the state of Tennessee, and has a small private practice in a nearby community. Her practice is focused on strength based interventions, cognitive behavioral therapy, and LGBT+ affirming practices.

Trauma, Attachment, and Interpersonal Neurobiology: Finding Safety and Security through Co-Regulation – $45

Thursday, August 14, 2020 – 1 to 4 pm

This training will present the newest research on social baseline theory, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, and Polyvagal theory as they relate to treating clients with trauma.


  • Understand the neurobiology of trauma in order to better conceptualize and address body-mind communication
  • Learn the benefits of co-regulation in treating trauma in order to help clients find safety
  • Explore techniques for treating clients with trauma who have varying attachment styles
  • Discuss the genetic and physiological aspects that predispose clients to PTSD

Presenter: Shannon Black, M.Ed. LPC-MHSP

Shannon Black is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with specialties in trauma and attachment. She has a special interest in working with non-custodial mothers and people struggling with addiction. Shannon sees clients at Crayton Counseling, LLC in Murfreesboro and also works full time as an Instructor at MTSU. She has spent years studying interpersonal neurobiology as it relates to trauma and firmly believes we are hardwired for connection. Her outside interests include spinning, weaving, social justice, and poetry.