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Join us for a Lunch & Learn (noon-1pm) virtually or on the Atlanta or Chattanooga Campus for 1 FREE NBCC clock hour of Continuing Education! No Registration required. Questions?- contact Martha Busby at We encourage confirming the date prior to arriving on campus as there are last-minute cancellations from time to time.


Monday, January 31, 2022 / 12-1PM / 1 Ethics CE Available

Ethics of Supervision: Top 10 Best and Worst Practices of Interns

Presenter: William Doverspike, Ph.D.

Presenter Bio: William F. Doverspike, Ph.D. is the 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.

Workshop Description:

This continuing education activity will focus on some of the most common ethical pitfalls of
interns and how to avoid them by engaging in aspirational best practices.

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

  1. Summarize three sources of risk that interns face in supervision.
  2. Describe three unethical practices that interns can avoid.
  3. Identify three best practices that interns can implement.

Target Audience: Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Graduate Students

1. American Psychological Association. (2014). Guidelines for clinical supervision in health service psychology.
2. Corey, G., Corey, M. S., & Corey, C. (2018). Issues and ethics in the helping professions (10th ed.). Cengage.
3. Koocher, G. P., & Keith-Spiegel, P. (2016). Ethics in psychology: Professional standards and cases (5th ed.).
Oxford Textbooks in Clinical Psychology.
4. Doverspike, W. F. (2015). Risk management: Clinical, ethical, and legal guidelines for successful practice (2nd
ed.). Professional Resource Press. Pages 271-272.
5. Remley, T. P., & Herlihy, B. (2014). Ethical, legal, and professional issues in counseling (4th ed.). Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Pearson Education.

For questions, please contact Martha Busby at

There is no known commercial support for this workshop.

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Monday, February 7, 2022 / 12-1PM

Jobs in the Counseling Field

Presenter: Victoria Maynez, LMFT, LPC

Presenter Bio: Victoria Marie Hicks, LMFT, LPC is an established marriage and family therapist in the Atlanta area. Victoria considers herself an attachment and relationship therapist. She is extensively trained in EFT for couples work. She works with individuals around anxiety, trauma, relationship issues and spirituality. She is in the process of seeking full EMDR certification and uses it with anxiety and attachment issues. In addition to therapy, her experience in ministry and missionary work has ignited a passion to help the church destigmatize mental health. She is married to another therapist, Jacob, and enjoys reading, camping, traveling and spending time with her little chiweenie, Nova.

Workshop Description:

It’s getting close, you are excited to finally be a therapist. All the hard work will be done very soon. But where and how do you actually do that? Come learn about the many job opportunities in the counseling field, the pros and cons of each and how you can even use your degree in unconventional ways.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to identify practical jobs as a therapist in the community.


Monday, February 14, 2022 / 12-1PM

Marketing Yourself as a Counselor

Presenter: Lyresa McGriff, LPC, NCC

Presenter Bio: Lyresa McGriff is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor who earned a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. Lyresa is the Owner and Director of Embrace Counseling and
Consulting, LLC and practicing Psychotherapist. Embrace is now a full group practice that currently has 8 additional Therapists and for the first year will have an intern as well. Lyresa specializes in Trauma and is intensively trained in EMDR with other Certifications such as Prepare Enrich for Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling, Anger Management Certification, Telehealth Certification as well as DBT. Lyresa believes that everyone’s journey has a purpose and meets clients where they are with Grace, Love and Hope. Lyresa is also trained to integrate faith and spirituality for clients who desire counseling from a Christian perspective. Specializations include –
PTSD/Trauma, Grief and Loss, Relationships and Marital Distress, End of Life/Transitional Care, Life Skills/Coaching, Personal Growth, Parenting and Caregiver Support that serves Individual’s, Couples, Veterans and Seniors. In addition to Private Practice, Lyresa partners with others to serve and provide resources and training that help others lead healthy and productive lives.

Workshop Description:

This presentation will highlight marketing strategies to various professions that can benefit from counseling. Additionally, practice building strategies will be discussed to live out purpose and work towards being financially healthy while living a balanced life.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to take “Niche” and be able to capitalize on the needs of potential clients and partner with various professions to promote self and practice.


Tuesday, February 22, 2022 / 12-1PM

Navigating Behavioral Health Levels of Care in Making Career Decisions

Presenter: Kimberly Alexander, MBA, LPC, CPCS

Presenter Bio: Kimberly has an extensive history in behavioral health, substance abuse, and psychopharmacology. Before joining the MARR team, Kimberly served as the Clinical Director for Riverwoods Behavioral Health and Director of Mobile Assessments at Lakeview Behavioral Health. She earned her MBA in Marketing and Business Administration from Emory University and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with specialization in Addictions and Christian Sex Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. Kimberly is a licensed professional counselor, certified professional counselor supervisor, published author, and professional speaker. Kimberly is also a personal trainer and group fitness instructor who endorses a holistic approach to wellness.  Kimberly is committed to exceptional client care and is dedicated to enhancing MARR’s clinical programming to ensure clients achieve lifelong recovery.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to identify various behavioral health levels of care and related clinical and administrative career opportunities for new graduates.


Monday, February 28, 2022 / 12-1PM

Self-Care 101 for Counselors Post-Graduation

Presenter: Charlese Williams, MA, APC

Presenter Bio: Charlese is an Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Albany State University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Richmont Graduate University. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor through the NBCC.

One of the driving forces that led Charlese to become a counselor is her heart for children and adolescents. Providing a safe, and inviting space for clients to verbalize their emotions, process their traumas/hardships, and begin to heal from any pain they are experiencing in life is the foundation for Charlese’s therapeutic approach. Charlese strives to use therapy to intervene and equip her clients with tools that improve their mental health in their youth and set a foundation for their mental health throughout adulthood.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to identify areas of growth utilizing the take home self-care assessment, identify signs of burnout/compassion fatigue and the importance of incorporating self-care into their routines post-graduation.

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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