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Richmont Graduate University’s Office of Career Services will be hosting a month-long, alumni-led series on topics that are relevant to Richmont students and their future careers.

Join us for these weekly virtual presentations!

*Contact Martha Busby to receive the zoom link invitation


Tuesday, February 9, 2021 | 12-1 PM

Marketing Your Practice in a Changing World (TN)

Presenter: Mark Carpenter, LPC-MHSP

Description: You have done the hard work of a graduate education with the goal of helping others but in order to help them, you must make yourself accessible to those needing your help. The question is, how can you connect your services to the people who need them the most? That, in a nutshell, is the definition of marketing. But 2020 showed us how fast the world changes. The goal of this presentation is to help you better understand how to connect your services to the hurting people that want and need your help in a rapidly changing world.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 | 12-1 PM

Growing in Confidence: Marketing Yourself Well

Presenters: Nicole Ayers Thaxton, PhD, LPC & RJ Thaxton, LPC

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify practical marketing strategies and concepts to build their confidence as a private practice professional.
  • Gain an understanding of marketing as a tool to serve others well.
  • Reflect on their own skills and gifts and leave with increased confidence about marketing.

Description: In this presentation, ATL Well Co-founders, Nicole and RJ Thaxton, will share practical takeaways from building successful careers in private practice over the last 5 years. Leave with strategies, a new perspective on marketing, and growing confidence in yourself and your business.

Brief Bios:

Dr. Nicole Ayers Thaxton, PhD, LPC, NCC is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of ATL Well Co, a private counseling and wellness practice located in Cobb County. Nicole received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Mercer University in Atlanta, a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia. She has specializations in child and adolescent counseling and trauma counseling. Nicole has worked with adolescents, families, and individuals in private practice since 2016. She specializes in working with high achieving or gifted teens, anxiety and stress, and grief and loss. In addition, Nicole offers clinical supervision, presents, and educates on anxiety and stress in high achievers, counseling teens and parents, trauma in a developmental context, and clinical supervision. Nicole is a wife to RJ and stepmom to an amazing tweenager.

RJ Thaxton, MA, LPC, NCC is the Co-Founder and Director at ATL Well Co in Acworth, GA. He received a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Berry College. RJ has worked with individuals and couples in private practice since 2016. Before transitioning to the counseling world, RJ had extensive experience working with teams and individuals in a variety of business organizations. His practice and passion focuses largely on leadership, holistic wellness, and relational health. RJ is a devoted father and husband, a (not so amateur) chef, and he enjoys sports and the outdoors.


Monday, February 15, 2021 | 12-1 PM

The Importance of Developing a Business Mindset

Presenter: Bianca Hughes, LPC

Description: Being a therapist and running a therapy practice are two distinct roles. In this presentation will discover how to us their strengths and develop strategies to manage a therapy practice that works for them.

Brief Bio:Bianca specializes in perfectionism, helping people embrace their imperfections and authentically be themselves. She helps clients work through concerns of self-worth, unhealthy relationships, identity, or feeling overwhelmed. Her approach within therapy is direct but open, meeting clients where they are, providing them freedom to change when they’re ready. She believes in empowering and equipping people with skills, tools, and resources they can utilize for life. In addition, her passion is to eliminate mental health stigmas, which are prevalent within the black community. As well as eliminating the gap between Christianity and therapy. Bianca is a licensed professional counselor in Georgia, speaker, authenticity coach and host of the Authentic Wednesday Podcast.


Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 12-1 PM

Finances in Counseling

Presenter: Mayra Richards, LPC

Description: Come and learn about the financial investment that takes to open up your own private practice, and how to budget well for taxes.

Brief Bio: My name is Mayra Richards and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I graduated from Richmonth with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health. I’ve been counseling for 5 years and it is an honor to get to sit with every client. I love getting the opportunity to guide people in their journey of personal healing and self-discovery. My heart as a therapist is to help people connect with God, themselves, and others so they can find fulfillment and purpose.


Monday, March 1, 2021 | 12-1 PM

The Path to Licensure (LPC/LMFT) in the State of Georgia

Presenter: Deanna Davis, LMFT, LPC

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • gain a basic understanding of the steps toward licensure as an LPC or LMFT in the state of Georgia.

Description: Navigating licensure as an LPC or LMFT in the state of Georgia doesn’t have to be confusing or overwhelming. In a clear and easy to understand way, this presentation will cover the basics of becoming an associately and fully licensed mental health clinician in the state of Georgia.

Brief Bio: Deanna Davis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, trauma specialist and proud RGU alumni in practice at the Richmont Trauma Center. A central part of her work includes coming alongside helpers who need help – therapists, those in ministry/missions/cross-cultural work, teachers, and medical professionals.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 12-1 PM

The Steps to Becoming a LMFT in TN

Presenter: Emily Aikins, LMFT

Description: This presentation will provide a basic understanding of the steps towards licensure as a LMFT in the state of Tennessee.


Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 12-1 PM

How to Apply for Licensure in the State of TN as a LPC

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • obtain information on what is required to become licensed in the state of TN as an LPC.

Description: Participants will understand what is required for licensure in the state of TN in regards to required hours, supervision requirements, exams, etc.

Brief Bio: Yohunnah Woods-Moton is a Chattanooga native. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health from Austin Peay State University and a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling specializing with Children and Adolescents from Richmont Graduate University. Yohunnah worked in the field of public health at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health department for 6 years providing health education on Personal Safety, Suicide Prevention, etc. Yohunnah worked in the field of community mental health at Fortwood Center (which is now Helen Ross McNabb Center), as a clinical supervisor for the Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT program), Child and Adolescent Therapist and a Crisis Response Team(CRT) therapist during the 5 years she worked there. Yohunnah worked in the field of Medication Assistant Treatment (MAT) for 8.5 years and provided clinical supervision and counseling for patients and staff in the field of opioid addiction treatment. Yohunnah has worked for Henegar Counseling Center for 8 years, providing Child and Adolescent Counseling, Christian based hypnotherapy and Addictions Counseling. Yohunnah has provided television and radio presentations, trainings, conferences, and social media articles. Yohunnah is also a Chattanooga Regional Representative for TN Licensed Professional Counselors Association (TLPCA). Yohunnah is a member of New Covenant Fellowship church and is a part of the Health and Wellness ministry there. Yohunnah enjoys arts, crafts, sewing and baking. Yohunnah has been married to her husband Billy for 23 years and has two dogs-Ginger and Rocky.


Join us for a Lunch & Learn (noon-1pm) for 1 FREE NBCC hour of Continuing Education! Please contact Martha Busby with any questions you may have.

Monday, September 13, 2021 | 12-1PM 

Virtue Ethics: Practicing Virtue Ethics and Building Character

Presenter: William F. Doverspike, Ph.D.

Presenter Bio: William F. Doverspike, Ph.D. is Senior Adjunct Professor at Richmont. He is author of Risk Management (2015), the first edition of which evolved out of his 12 years of experience as a member of the Ethics Committee of the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA). Dr. Doverspike is a former President of GPA and he is currently a member of the state licensing board for psychologists. He holds board certification Diplomates in Clinical Psychology (ABPP) and Neuropsychology (ABPN). He maintains a private practice at the Atlanta Counseling Center.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

• Summarize two complementary approaches to the study of ethics.
• Identify five character defects that can cause ethical problems.
• Name three virtues that can strengthen our character.
• Explain how one moral principle can cause harm.
• Apply virtue ethics to a real life situation.

Workshop Description: This presentation will include a differentiation between principle ethics and virtue ethics. The presenter will share a simple approach to assist participants in improving their ethical self-awareness.

Disclaimer: Dr. Doverspike will not be discussing any rules, regulations, adjudications, or other matters
related to the state licensing board for psychologists.

Ethics Code: This activity will include discussion of aspirational principles and enforceable standards of the
ACA (2014) ACA Code of Ethics and the APA (2017) Ethical Principles of Psychologists and
Code of Conduct.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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