About this event:
“Deepening Therapists’ Awareness of Working with Individuals Who Identify as Transgender,”
This presentation aims to increase helping professional’s competence in working with clients who identify as transgender. Historical events and legislation that impact transgender clients will be identified to help increase knowledge and awareness of helping professionals. In addition, considerations for counseling and knowledge for practice will be addressed to help improve the services provided to clients who are transgender. Resources will also be shared to help professionals continue the learning process after this presentation.
Marisa White graduated from Mount Union College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. In 2004, she obtained a Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In addition, she earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the CACREP accredited University of Akron.
Dr. White has a strong counselor identity and has experience in the areas related to counselor education, including teaching, counseling, supervision, research, and service to the profession. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC-Ohio) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).
She has been teaching since 2006 and has taught a variety of classes at the bachelor, master, and doctorate levels. Some of her favorite courses to teach include Ethical and Professional Issues in Counseling, Multicultural Diversity and Advocacy, Community Mental Health, and Practicum/Internship. She also enjoys being a guest speaker and presenting information at local, state, regional, and national conferences.
Her clinical experience is vast. She has worked in several residential treatment centers including one for juvenile sex offenders. After which, she worked in a counseling center housed on a university campus. Prior to her current position at Argosy University, she worked as a licensed professional counselor and drug and alcohol counselor at a community mental health center, specializing in work with populations who have a HIV positive status and clients who have an addiction diagnosis and/or a criminal background.
Dr. White has demonstrated a commitment to service within the counseling profession and her community. Her national service positions have included serving on the Counselor Educator Task Force for Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), the ACA Public Awareness and Support Committee, and as a member of several ACA interest networks. On a local level, she has served as the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselor Association president, secretary, and membership co-chair. She was also the membership chair of the Ohio Counseling Association and the President-elect and President of the North Central Ohio Counseling Association. At the university level, she serves in a variety of functions including coordinator of the Counselor Education and Supervision program, IRB member, subject matter expert on a curriculum development committee, Chi Sigma Iota Faculty Advisor, and many more. Dr. White also serves her community though work with Best Buddies Tennessee, Joy Church International, and by helping local high school sports teams.
Her long standing commitment to the counseling profession has been honored in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, being awarded the TLPCA Dr. Susan Hammonds White Advocacy and Leadership Award, the MTCA Counselor Educator of the Year Award, the Mental Health American Middle Tennessee Professional of the Year Award, and the TACES Beryl West Counselor Advocate/Humanitarian Award..
Dr. White is always looking for news ways to collaborate with colleagues and advance the profession of counseling. Dr. White’s research interests include the use of technology in counselor education, advocacy for the counseling professional, social justice concerns for counselors, LGBTQQIA issues in counseling, and leadership development.
Scarritt Bennett Center
2nd Floor, Bennett Hall
1008 19th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212
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