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Virtual Summit to be hosted by psychology professionals

The summit will feature Waynesburg's Dr. Michelle Steimer

Rachel Pellegrino Nov 26, 2019

The National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation is hosting a “Bridging the Gap” Virtual Summit Saturday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 30, to spread awareness of the millions of people without access to mental health services.

The virtual summit offers 10 live webinar sessions throughout Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10. In addition to webinars, the summit will also have live question and answer sessions, and will be available after the fact on demand until Nov. 30.

The summit will host 10 counseling experts from around the world to speak about mental illness topics including working with adolescents, supporting veterans and rural counseling.

Assistant Professor of Counseling for the Graduate and Professional Studies Counseling Program, Dr. Michelle Steimer, will be discussing how to work with families of veterans who are struggling with mental illnesses.

“Speaking at this event as an expert of veteran and military mental health is incredibly personally rewarding and I am very humbled to be afforded the opportunity to serve others and raise money for an organization that fits so well with my personal mission,” said Steimer. “Not only does this event help marginalized and minority populations through mental health capacity building around the world, it helps educate individual counselors to better serve veterans as they transition to retirement.”

Other speakers include:

  • Dr. Karla Sapp, adjunct psychology professor, Georgia Southern University
  • Lawrence Richardson, licensed behavioral health professional, Grand Lake Mental Health Center
  • Dr. Gloria Dansby-Giles, professor of counselor education, Jackson State University
  • Beryl Armstrong, behavioral health provider, Family Christian Health Center
  • Dr. Kristy Christopher-Holloway, assistant professor, Lindsey Wilson College
  • Elisa Amaris Niles, clinical director, Southwest Florida Counseling Center
  • Lynn Pierce, licensed counselor and Ph.D. Candidate, Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Stacy Speedlin Gonzalez, professor, University of Texas
  • Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez, Judge, Bexar County Court 13

In addition to educational seminars, the event will provide participating counselors the opportunity to earn CE credits through NBCC approved educational provider, Mental Health Academy.

The event costs $25, which will fund the NBCC Foundation’s efforts to expand mental health resources to communities all around the world.

For more information and to register for the event, visit