Special to The Clinton Courier
The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), recently awarded a 2020–2021 Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) training award to Dr. Karen D. Cathey of Clinton. The goal of this scholarship, provided through funding from the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), is to increase the reach and professional development of counselors throughout the nation. Dr. Cathey will receive $500 to support her attainment of the BC-TMH Provider credential.
Dr. Cathey has more than fifteen years of experience in the counseling profession as a practitioner, instructor, and clinical supervisor. She earned her master’s in community counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a master’s of divinity degree, focusing on pastoral counseling, from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology; and a PhD in counselor education from the University of Mississippi. Her focus on multicultural issues in counseling was formed, in part, through her varied clinical experiences and her dissertation for which she was awarded a SACES (Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision) research grant and won her doctoral program’s Outstanding Dissertation award. Other formative experiences include work with adolescents, college students, and older adults in varying work settings and while providing both pastoral counseling and clinical counseling.
Additionally, Dr. Cathey was responsible for putting together the student handbook, clinical training handbook, and site supervisor training handbook for her counseling program. She has been a clinical training coordinator, exit exam coordinator, NBCC liaison for her campus’ counseling programs, and a guidance counseling program coordinator in counseling during her tenure in higher education. Currently, as an assistant professor in counseling, she continues to focus her work on the development of aspirational levels of multicultural counseling competency in graduate students, professional counselors, and clinical supervisors. Dr. Cathey is a licensed professional counselor and board qualified supervisor (LPC-S) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor in Mississippi. Her goal is to use the BC-TMH credential to assist in making multiculturally competent counseling more accessible to more of Mississippi and address barriers to seeking and getting access to counseling and counseling supervision for licensure. Also, the BC-TMH credential will enable her to better supervise counselor trainees and early-career counseling professionals who are providing telemental health counseling services.