Beverly Smith

Beverly Smith, PhD, LPC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS, CPCS, NCSC, HS-BCP, BC-TMH, MAC, BCPCC, CFT


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Dr. Smith has professional counseling experience in various settings to include private practice, public education, corrections, community counseling and in higher education as an adjunct professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She has been the owner and principal therapist of BSmith Consulting Group, LLC since 2009. In addition to being an adjunct professor at Mercer University, Dr. Smith is serving on AMHCA’s Committee of Advancement for Clinical Practice. In 2016, she was AMHCA’s delegate at the 32nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. The symposium included leaders from across the country focusing on the three main topics: (1) Managing Population Health & Building Cultures of Wellness, (2) The Current State of Integration Efforts and, (3) Behavioral Health’s Role in Population Health. Her review of the symposium was published in the Connections, AMHCA’s Blog.


ASSOCIATION EXPERIENCE
With over 24 years of experience, Dr. Beverly Smith has served the counseling profession while being an active member of various organizations. Her leadership roles have included being a local Chapter President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as Chapter President and President-Elect of the Fulton School Counselor Association. She has been a peer reviewer of proposals for the 30th & 31st National Youth-At-Risk Conference as well as the 21st National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect. Additionally, Dr. Smith has served on the American Counselor Association’s Committee for Research & Knowledge. She is a member of the LPCA of Georgia, American Psychological Association, and the International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors. Dr. Beverly has served as a volunteer for the Red Cross since 2009 in the area of Disaster Mental Health and as a Psychological First Aid Instructor. In 2015, she received acceptance for the inaugural Georgia Autism Assessment Program which was a collaboration between the Emory Autism Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Emory School of Medicine and the Georgia Psychological Association’s Council on Child, Family, and Assessment. Also, Dr. Smith has served on the Chaplaincy Team with Emory Hospital-Saint Joseph. Due to her Behavioral Healthcare expertise, Smith was invited in 2019 to serve on the launch team for the North & South Georgia Conferences (Commission of Higher Education) to integrate the topics of Mental Healthcare (“They Are Not Immune”) into the conversation of individuals across the life span, families, and youths/young adults (high schoolers, college students, and recent graduates). In 2020, Dr. Smith was selected as the training leader for the United Methodist Women of North Georgia on topics related to living in an anxious world, managing anxiety, and managing emotions as it relates to diversity and advocacy for change.

She has earned several state and national credentials to include the following:
Licensed Professional Counselor (Ga LPC- licensed since 1999)
Master Addictions Counselor (MAC)
National Board Certified Coach (BCC) (Founding Member)
National Board Certified-Tele Mental Health Provider, (BC-TMH)
GA Leadership & Supervision Certification (P-12)
GA School Counselor Certification (P-12)
National Board Certified School Counselor (NCSC)
Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC)
National Board Certified Counselor (NCC)
National Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
Certified Family Therapist (CFT)
National Human Service- Board Certified Practitioner (HS- BCP) (Founding Member)
National Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) & Ga Certified Professional Counselor Supervision (CPCS)
Counselor Supervisor (CPCS)



GOALS

For the position of President-Elect, Dr. Smith’s goals are to promote the programs, training sessions, and special meetings as well as to conduct chapter charter reviews and administration. She will write articles promoting Clinical Mental Health Counseling awareness & practice. Additionally, Dr. Smith’s goals include (1) developing a virtual training program for the resiliency of Professional Clinical Counselors, (2) creating a clinical cultural competency training program, and (3) promoting Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a critical component of integrative health from a systems perspective with sponsorship.


Dr. Smith has conducted numerous presentations and has received several awards for leadership and service to the profession as well as for her service in the community. Some of her awards have included:
Excellence in Leadership Award,
President’s Award,
Outstanding Service Award,
Lay Leader of the Year Award,
Enduring Commitment to Public Service, and
Unsung Hero Award.


Some of her recent presentations have included the following:
Smith, Beverly. (2019). Medical family therapy: Trauma & women’s health. Presentation at the Georgia Association of Marriage & Family Therapy Spring Conference, Jekyll Island, GA.

Smith, Beverly. (2019). Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, & infidelity: Grief & grieving. Presentation at the International Association of Marriage & Family Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Smith, Beverly. (2018). Building the social & emotional learning capacity for students, faculty, and staff. Presentation at the 30th National youth-at-risk conference, Savannah, GA.

Smith, Beverly. (2017). The legacy of trauma: A family system perspective. Presentation presented at the 38th Georgia Association of Family & Marriage Therapy Spring Conference, Jekyll Island, GA.

Smith, Beverly. (2017). Beyond limitations: Trauma & post-traumatic growth. Presentation presented at the 30th Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia Annual Conference, Savannah, GA.