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Dr. LaTonya Summers has been chosen as a speaker for 2021 TEDxJacksonville, which will be held on Saturday, October 23 at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. The theme of this year's event is "Embrace". The title and description of Dr. Summer's talk is below.

"Know Pain, Know Gain: LaTonya Summers, PhD, Jacksonville — As a species, we’ve become adept at avoiding pain. We repress it with medications, dull it with alcohol, food, shopping and other crutches, and even deny that it’s a lived reality for others. We used to know pain as a great teacher, but somewhere along the way we internalized that it was not OK to hurt. LaTonya Summers, PhD, a mental health therapist, argues that acknowledging pain is not only necessary, but also the conduit to greatness. We must relearn how to hurt if we want to live our best lives."

Also, Dr. Summers, Founder of the Black Mental Health Symposium, just wrapped up another successful event. In its 6th year, the Black Mental Health Symposium was held September 9-10, 2021 with over 450 attendees from all over the world! Find out more at

Congratulations, Dr. Summers!


Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Mitchell on her recent publications cited below: 

Mitchell, M. D. & Brooks, M. (2022). Multicultural techniques in counseling. In Introduction to 21st Century Counseling: A Multicultural and Social Justice Approach. ed. Butler, S. K., Locke, A. F., & Filmore, J. M. 170-178. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.

Mitchell, M. D. & Binkley, E. (2021). Self-care: An ethical imperative for anti-racist counselor training. Teaching and Supervision in Counseling, 3(2), 38-52.

Shillingford, M. A., Butler, S. K., Mitchell, M. D., & Heard, N. H. (2021). Experiences of Black males with dyslexia in the U.S. education system. Professional School Counseling, 25(1c).


Dr. Kelley Holladay, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator at Palm Coast, recently had the following presentations and publications accepted. Congratulations, Dr. Holladay! 

Holladay, K., Goodrich, K., Howells, R., & Rodriguez, M., & Sands, H. (accepted, 2022). Group Counseling Internship in Pandemic Times: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW). Atlantic Beach, FL.   

Holladay, K., & Howells, R. (accepted, 2021).Compassion fatigue: how do we sit in the tension with clients while navigating our own unique traumas?Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.Atlanta, GA. 

Holladay, K. R., Hagedorn, W., & Boote, D. (2021). The Influence of Cyber-Sexual Assault on the Mental Health Outcomes of Survivors. Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, 2 (2), 93-103.  

Coakley, K.E., Lardier Jr., D.T., Holladay, K.R., Amorim, F.T., Zuhl, M.N. (2021). Mentalhealth severity is associated with increases in alcohol consumption in young adult students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. 

Coakley, K.E., Lardier Jr., D.T., Holladay, K.R., Amorim, F.T., Zuhl, M.N. (2021). Physical activity behavior and mental health among university students during COVID-19 lockdown. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, section Physical Activity in the Prevention and Management of Disease.  

Lardier Jr., D.T., Coakley, K.E., Holladay, K.R., Amorim, F.T., Zuhl, M.N. (2021). Exercise as a useful intervention to reduce alcohol consumption and binge drinking in individuals with alcohol use disorder, abuse, dependence, or harmful drinking behavior: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, Health Psychology. 

Holladay, K., Hagedorn, W., Boote, D., and Lardier, D. (2021). The trauma of cyber-sexual assault: Heightened dimensions of emotional dysregulation among survivors. Journal of the International Trauma Training Institute. 3(1). 60-77.  


Drs. LaTonya Summers, Whitney George, and Natalie Indelicato recently presented a presentation at the 6th annual Black Mental Health Symposium titled "We Don’t Know All Things Black: Impact of the BMHS on service delivery to Black Clients."


Dr. Natalie Indelicato recently served as a respondent with presenter Dr. Inderjit "Vicky" Basra for the International Center for Growth in Connection's colloquium. The presentation was titled "See the Girl: Transforming Communities through girl-centered practice" and a recording can be found here: