Scholarships and Awards CCE Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) Program

2020 CCE Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) Awards

Congratulations to the CCE Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH) training award winners. Recipients receive $500 to support their attainment of the BC-TMH credential.


Jade M. Berry

Jade M. Berry

Cleveland, OH

Berry is a Licensed Social Worker serving as a mental health therapist at a local agency, Empowering Integrated Care Solutions, and assisting clients who have been dually diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health issues. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, and Master of Social Work from Cleveland State University in Ohio. She graduated and became licensed in May 2020. Her goal as a BC-TMH is to advance her skills for working with clients and make therapy more accessible to individuals who may have barriers to making in-person visits. She plans to pursue independent clinical licensure and to offer web-based supervision and training once certified.

Dr. Karen D. Cathey

Dr. Karen D. Cathey

Clinton, MS

Dr. Cathey has more than 15 years of experience 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 clinical experiences and her dissertation, for which she was awarded a Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision research grant and won her doctoral program’s Outstanding Dissertation award. As an assistant professor in counseling, she is focused 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 (ACS) in Mississippi.

Farra O. Criswell

Farra O. Criswell

Pontotoc, MS

Criswell is the primary counselor at her private practice, Life Seasons Counseling LLC, in Tupelo, Mississippi, where she is licensed as a professional counselor and counselor supervisor. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and her Master of Science in counselor education from Mississippi State University. Criswell also holds the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors. She has extensive experience working with children and adults in underserved areas and strives to empower the individuals she works with to help them reach their personal goals. She is the treasurer for the Tombigbee Counseling Association, which is her local chapter of the Mississippi Counseling Association. Her goal as a BC-TMH is to offer counseling services to people throughout Mississippi, particularly in rural areas where there may be limited access to mental health services.

Keisha Hammond Johnson

Keisha Hammond Johnson

Stockbridge, GA

Hammond Johnson has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for over 15 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina, and a Master of Arts in counseling and psychological services from Clark Atlanta University. She has more recently earned a Master of Business Administration from Keller University. Johnson has experience working with adults, adolescents and children and providing individual, group and family counseling for psychiatric and dual diagnoses to underserved populations within the state of Georgia through her private practice. Her goals are to educate and enrich the lives of her clients, families and the community through her commitment to advocacy, mental health, family wellness and leadership. She is dedicated to providing a safe, nonjudgmental, comfortable environment while walking clients through the healing process by developing trust and using integrative approaches including cognitive-behavioral, trauma-focused and strength-based.

Dr. Keith Klostermann

Dr. Keith Klostermann

Buffalo, NY

Dr. Klostermann is a marriage and family therapist at Wheatfield Pediatrics and associate professor in the Social Sciences Department at Medaille College. Dr. Klostermann also serves as the Director of Education and Competence for the International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE), an international think tank focused on continuously reviewing and disseminating research about what works in therapy. He is an internationally recognized expert in the use of Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders (BCT-SUD). Dr. Klostermann is licensed as a mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist, is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and is recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and certified family therapist (CFT). Dr. Klostermann has won numerous awards for his teaching, leadership and research, including the 2021 Outstanding Professional Award (IAMFC); 2020 AMHCA Dr. Linda Seligman Counselor Education of the Year; 2020 Outstanding Professional Member Award (MCA); 2019 Outstanding Professional Member Award, European Branch of the American Counseling Association (EB-ACA); and the 2019 NBCC Foundation Bridge Builder Award for International Service.

Dr. Lotes Nelson

Dr. Lotes Nelson

St. Augustine, FL

Dr. Nelson is a clinical faculty member at Southern New Hampshire University. She received her PhD in counselor education and supervision and MS in mental health counseling from Walden University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in North Carolina, an NC Board Approved Supervisor, a CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor and a National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program Doctoral Fellow. In addition to Dr. Nelson’s counselor education role, she also provides distance clinical supervision and counseling. Her areas of expertise include counselor education and supervision, multiculturalism, trauma-informed care, eating disorders, and various areas of adolescent mental health. She is passionate about serving underserved populations and trauma-focused counseling. She works very closely with individuals who have migrated to the U.S. and are adjusting to life in the mainstream. Her goal in receiving the BC-TMH training award is to further grow her knowledge to remain an ethically and culturally responsive professional counselor.

K. Lynn Pierce

K. Lynn Pierce

State College, PA

Pierce is a third-year PhD candidate in counselor education and supervision at The Pennsylvania State University. She is a former fellow with the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program, and a current CSI Leadership Fellow. Pierce has work experience with trauma, sexual and affectional minorities, and individuals with disabilities. Her goal as a BC-TMH is to increase her personal competency to offer remote services during the COVID-19 pandemic and to improve her understanding of the various ethical, legal and practical concerns specific to telemental health in order to better train her future students to work with clients in a world where this mode of delivery is likely to become more common.

Gwendolyn Roit

Gwendolyn Roit

Greenfield, MA

Roit has spent much of her life focusing on sustainable agriculture. She grew up homesteading and learning to forage wild plants in a respectful way, eventually going on to operate her own certified organic farm. Her nonprofit, Harvest Moon Farm, was established to provide access to fresh organic produce for those who would otherwise not be able to afford it, as well as being a vehicle for community education around organic growing techniques, nutrition, and holistic well-being. Roit earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It was during a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, working alongside an independent journalist, that she realized her desire to listen and bear witness. This inspired her to eventually earn a master’s degree from Antioch University in clinical mental health counseling. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a theoretical foundation built on strength-based and person-centered therapy. Her clinical work includes experience with mindfulness practices and dialectical behavioral therapy, in groups and individually, and her specialties include substance use disorders and working with those involved in coercive or abusive groups or relationships.

Andrea E. Scott

Andrea E. Scott

Oviedo, FL

Scott is the clinical director of three outpatient programs and two residential programs serving clients from all over Central Florida as well as in state hospitals. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Central Florida. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional and Qualified Clinical Supervisor. For the past several years, Scott has worked in community mental health serving clients struggling with severe and persistent mental illness, acute addiction and a dual diagnosis in the residential, outpatient, psychosocial rehabilitation and inpatient detoxification settings. She also provides outpatient counseling in a private practice setting, seeing individuals struggling with a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and substance use. Scott has implemented telehealth with her clients in private practice as well as community mental health and will utilize this award to continue bringing mental health services to those struggling with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses.

Yvette Tolbert

Yvette Tolbert

Fort Mill, SC

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Applications for the annual Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) scholarships are due to open in May 2021. For detailed award listings and eligibility information, visit https://nbccf.org/programs/scholarships.

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