President

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

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Professional Experience & Education:
Dr. Smith has professional counseling experience in various settings including private practice, public education, corrections, community counseling, and in higher education. She is the owner and principal therapist of BSmith Consulting Group, LLC. Smith is an adjunct professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Mercer University teaching Psychopathology & Diagnosis, Cultural Perspectives in Counseling, and Ethics. She is a proud two-time graduate of Tuskegee University (B.S.-Biology, M.Ed.-Counseling & Higher Education) and earned counseling degrees from Troy University (Ed.S.) as well as Amridge University (Ph.D.). Additionally, Dr. Smith has a certificate in Administration and Leadership from Kennesaw State University.

Professional & Civic Engagement:

 With 26 years of experience, Dr. Beverly Smith has served the counseling profession while being an active member of various organizations. Smith serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA). Additionally, she has served as the organization’s Annual Conference Chair, a member of the Advancement of Clinical Practice Committee, as well as Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce. 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.

Other leadership roles for Smith have included being a local Chapter President and Vice 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 29th, 30th, and 32nd National Youth Advocacy and Resilience 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 and as a mentor for emerging professionals. She is a member of the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia, American Psychological Association (Trauma Division-56), Chi Sigma Iota, International Counseling 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 was accepted into the inaugural Georgia Autism Assessment Program, a collaboration between the Emory Autism Center, Emory School of Medicine/Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and the Georgia Psychological Association’s Council on Child, Family, and Assessment. In addition, Dr. Smith has served on the Chaplaincy Team with Emory Hospital-Saint Joseph. For the North & South Georgia Conferences of the United Methodist Church (Commission of Higher Education), Smith was invited in 2019 to serve on the launch team to help integrate the topic of mental healthcare (“They Are Not Immune”) into the conversation with individuals at various life stages (high schoolers, college students, recent graduates, and their families). In 2020, Dr. Smith was selected as the trainer for the United Methodist Women mission study on topics related to living in an anxious world, coping with anxiety, and managing emotions particularly in the context of diversity and advocacy for change during COVID-19. Lastly, she served as the Chartering President for the National Tuskegee University College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Association.


Professional Credentials:
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)
National Board Certified Counselor (NCC)
National Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)

National Board-Certified Human Service Practitioner (BC-HSP) (Founding Member)
Certified Family Therapist (CFT)

Clinical Employee Assistance Specialist (EAS-C)
National Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS)

Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS, LPCA of Georgia)


2021-2022 AMHCA Presidential Focus:

  1. Leadership, Advocacy & Strategic Support (LASS): Enhance the organizational infrastructure, revisit strategic planning with SWOT analysis, create an ad hoc finance committee, create an Interstate PC Compact Taskforce and establish a Leadership Institute
  2. Multiculturalism & Social Justice (MSJ): Create a MSJ Taskforce, attend to post COVID-19 culture & climate, develop relevant culturally competent standards, develop certificate modules for trauma, disaster mental health, and neuroscience counseling
  3. Membership Services Recruitment & Retention (MSRR): Create a MSRR Committee and a Member Engagement Program (Volunteer Program & Training) and host quarterly town hall meetings

 

Awards:
Excellence in Leadership Award
President’s Award
Outstanding Service Award
Lay Leader of the Year Award
Enduring Commitment to Public Service Award
Unsung Hero Award

 

Publications: (selective listing)

Smith, Beverly. (2021). Moving towards multicultural liberation. The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 43(3), 189-90.

 

Smith, Beverly. (2021). Our number-one priority: Reimagining AMHCA. The Advocate Magazine, 44(2), 4.

 

Smith, Beverly. (2021). Unite: recognize, reframe, restore. The Advocate Magazine, 44(1), 15.

 

Smith, Beverly (2020). Diversity, equity, and inclusion: Owning our voice, sharing our voice. The Advocate Magazine, 43(3), 7.

 

Smith, B., Gray, O., Miller, J., Beeson, E., Moss, A., & Harrington, N. (2020, August 20). Beyond a perfect storm: How racism, COVID-19, and economic meltdown imperil our mental health. PR Newswire. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-study-shows-more-than-100-million-americans-will-suffer-a-mental-health-disorder-this-year-301116506.html?tc=eml_cleartime

 

Smith, Beverly. (2017). The 32nd carter center symposium on mental health policy [Blog post]. Retrieved from

http://connections.amhca.org/blogs/beverly-smith/2017/01/27/the-32nd-carter-center-symposium-on-mental-health-policy 

 

Presentations: (selective listing)

“COVID-19 and Mental Health: Are you loving well?”

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., June 2021

 

“Valuing Faculty & Staff: COVID-19 Mental Healthcare & Resilience”

Tuskegee University, March 2021

 

“Finding Peace in an Anxious World”

North Georgia United” Methodist Women and Global Ministries, November 2020

 

“Social and Emotional Learning: Mental Healthcare for Empty Nesters”

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, October 2020

 

“Living with Psychological Trauma”

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., October 2020

 

“Nurturing the Mind, Body & Soul: COVID-19 Pandemic”

Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., July 2020

 

“Social & Emotional Learning: Family Mental Healthcare”

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., May 2019

 

“Medical Family Therapy: Trauma & Women’s Health”

Georgia Association of Family & Marriage Therapy, May 2019

 

“Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention”

Clayton County Georgia Board of Commissioners, 2019

 

“Trauma, PTSD, & Infidelity: Grief & Grieving”

International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors, February 2019

 

Building the Social & Emotional Learning Capacity for Students, Faculty, and Staff”

National Youth Advocacy and Resilience Conference, March 2018

 

“Psychological First Aid: Mental Healthcare for the School Community”

National Youth Advocacy and Resilience Conference, March 2018

 

The Legacy of Trauma: A Family System Perspective

Georgia Association of Family & Marriage Therapy, May 2017

 

“Building the Social & Emotional Learning Capacity for Students, Faculty, and Staff”

National Youth Advocacy and Resilience Conference, March 2017

 

“Beyond Limitations: Trauma & Post-Traumatic Growth

Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor Association, May 2017