Pine Belt Region

 Pine Belt Counseling Association

Officers 2017 - 2019

President: Jessica Flynt
President Elect: Juawice McCormick
Secretary: Cindy Cook
Treasurer: Donna B. Simmons
Student Liaison – Kendall Fausak
Electronic Correspondence – Gwen Hitt
Scholarship – Steve Midgette
Emerging Leader – Treenecia Garroway


PBCA Fall Meeting

Hello PBCA Members,
I am very excited to announce that registration for our Fall Meeting is now open. We have made a slight change to our meeting date. Our meeting has moved to Friday, October 13th from 8:30-4:00 at the Woodall Center (PRCC Hattiesburg Campus - 906 Sullivan Dr. Hattiesburg, MS 30401). Counselors will be able to receive up to 5 or .5 CEUs (NBCC/MDE) from this full day workshop, and lunch will be provided on site at no cost to you.
The theme for our meeting is National Red Ribbon Week, and we will be focusing on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. Our sessions for the meeting will be as follows:
1. Current Trends & Best Practices for Treating Addiction - Dr. Isaac Boose, Director of the Next Step Program at Pine Grove
2. History of Red Ribbon Week & Best Practices in Prevention - Jackie McDougle, PBMHR Prevention Coordinator
3. Strategies for Supporting Clients Through the Court Process Due to Substance-related Issues - Darren Dickens, LPC, Crossroads of Laurel
4. Understanding the Warning Signs of Abuse & Neglect Due to Family Substance Use and Accessing Community Resources to Help - Charlotte Burrell, Regional Director at MDCPS
We will also have local exhibitors on site. Representatives from Families First, PBMHR Prevention Services, MDCPS, and DREAM of Hattiesburg will be available throughout the day. They are bringing lots of free resources!
We will also be voting on the development of 3 new scholarship opportunities for professionals and graduate students. These opportunities include 1) ACA conference registration for 1 mental health counselor, 2) ASCA conference registration for 1 school counselor, 3) MCA dues and conference registration for 1 student from WCU and 1 student from USM.
We ask that you pre-register for our meeting by August 14th. Since we will be providing lunch at the meeting, we will need an accurate count of attendees. Click the link below to register.
If you have any questions about our meeting, please do not hesitate to contact me at the numbers below. I look forward to seeing you in October!!
Jessica Flynt
PBCA President
W: 601-765-4908
C: 601-517-0545


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