Southeastern Counseling Center to host mental health conference


Tuesday, December 6, 2022 
by: Tonya Lowentritt Caroline Smith

SMITH TO SPEAK AT TERRELL CONFERENCE - Southeastern Louisiana University’s Counseling Center will present the fifth annual Terrell Conference on Jan. 6. Director of Addiction Services and Intensive Workshops at Pine Grove Behavioral Health Caroline Smith will serve as keynote speaker.

     HAMMOND – The University Counseling Center at Southeastern Louisiana University will sponsor the fifth annual Terrell Conference for Mental Health Practitioners Jan. 6, in the university’s Student Union.
     Outreach Coordinator and Mental Health Counselor for the Southeastern UCC Marcela Spicuzza, said conference highlights include the Terrell Award presentation, a full day of continuing education opportunities for licensed professional counselors, and other mental health professionals, in the areas of general, ethics and diagnosis, as well as vendor expo and lunch networking events.
     “Attendees will have the opportunity to network with reputable speakers who are passionate about their subject matter,” Spicuzza said. “The Conference Expo will allow mental health professionals to connect with agencies and centers dedicated to various aspects of mental health treatment and recovery.”
     Director of Addiction Services and Intensive Workshops at Pine Grove Behavioral Health Caroline Smith will serve as keynote speaker. Her presentation, “The Amazing Power of Self-Acceptance, Self-Attunement and Secure Attachment,” will focus on the journey of neurobiological healing by using the science of attachment, whole person wellness, and a deep connection with the authentic self.
     Smith holds two master’s degrees from Ottawa University. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified sex addiction therapist, and certified interventionist professional. Smith has authored a chapter in the published book, “Mending a Shattered Heart” and provided a plenary session for Ireland’s first Neuroscience and Addiction Conference. Her theoretical perspective relies heavily on the neuroscience of attachment and internal family systems theory.
     Registration costs, which include special rates for students, and other details can be found on the website
     The conference honors Tom Terrell, former director for the UCC, for his work with students, faculty and staff at Southeastern, as well as the leadership roles he played with the Louisiana Professional Counseling Association. Terrell was instrumental in developing the Louisiana licensure law for mental health professionals and played a key role in achieving accreditation of the Southeastern UCC with the International Association of Counseling Services.
     “The UCC has worked with our university and mental health community partners to bring another great conference for professionals, faculty, staff and graduate students,” said Spicuzza. “We are excited to gather again to witness quality presentations and network with vendors who are vital to our community.”
     For more information please contact Spicuzza at

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