Carol Smith elected president of state counselor organization

CarolMSmithDr. Carol M. Smith, associate professor of counseling and a nationally certified Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC, NCC), has been elected president of the West Virginia Counseling Association (WVCA), a state chapter of the American Counseling Association (ACA).  Her term as president began in July 2013 and will continue to June 2015.

“It is a privilege to serve the professional counselors of our state, and to have the trust of my colleagues in the field.”  Smith said.   “ Both the WVCA and ACA have offered amazing opportunities to grow and learn from leaders in the field of professional counseling.  I hope I will serve the organization with excellence as we press into the future together.”

WVCA is a non-profit association of all counselors in West Virginia that exists to advocate for the profession of counseling.  It promotes lifelong education and development of all professional counselors, clinical excellence and high ethical standards in practice, and emotional well-being throughout West Virginia.   Members are professional counselors who work in a variety of settings, including clinical agencies, public schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, addictions, private practices, career planning, corrections facilities and nonprofit agencies.

As president, Smith will be responsible for coordinating the work of the association by presiding over the executive committee, establishing board policies and objectives and promoting the association’s mission and goals, primarily through education and professional advocacy.

Smith received both her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling (1998), and her doctorate in counselor education and supervision (2002) from Kent State University.  She joined the full-time faculty of Marshall University’s counseling department in 2008.