International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling:
Resilience & Trauma Epistemology
A Division of the American Counseling Association
To enhance the quality of life for people and communities worldwide by promoting the development of professional counselors; by advancing the ideals of the American Counseling Association, the counseling profession, and the ethical practice of counseling through trauma-informed practices; and, by nurturing respect for human dignity, cultural inclusivity, and resilience.
Join an IARTC Committee!
For those of you who wish to serve IARTC, we have the following committees that you can join:
Budget & Finance Committee
Communications, Media, and PR Committee
DEI & Social Justice Committee
Graduate Student Committee
Professional Development Committee
IARTC Newsletter Editorial Team
To join a committee, please send your CV and letter of interest to IARTC President Dr. Peggy Mayfield Mayfield.firstname.lastname@example.org and IARTC President-Elect Dr. Lisa Levers at email@example.com. If appointed to a committee, we will also need a headshot and a brief bio so that we can add your profile to the IARTC website. IARTC encourages diverse members from national and international communities to apply. IARTC needs you!
IARTC recently received fiscal year 2023-2024 election results from ACA. Dr. Matthew J. Walsh was elected as IARTC's incoming President-Elect. Celebrate!
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Professional Development Committee
Purpose: Oversee professional development activities offered by IARTC.
a. Seek and obtain CEU approval through NBCC (and other CEU providers).
b. Maintain all records associated with professional development offerings, in accordance with requirements of continuing education provider agreements.
c. Develop and organize the IARTC webinar series.
d. Promote all continuing education offerings.
e. Manage registration and issuance of certificates for all continuing education offerings.
f. Issue Calls for Proposals.
g. Evaluate Proposals.
h. Send Notifications of Approval/Denials.
i. Schedule Webinars.
j. Facilitate Webinars.
Yuhyun Park, MA
Yuhyun Park is a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of Arizona. He earned his Master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of Cincinnati. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University at Bloomington. Yuhyun currently teaches SERP481: Intentional Interviewing and Counseling and ELEC-1-B: Life Skills at the University of Arizona. Yuhyun is also serving as a faculty search committee member as a student representative at the university and as a data analyst in the Dean of Students Office dealing with research and assessment data. In addition to his roles inside the university, he is an active member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and Korean Counseling Association – International Chapter (KCA – IC). Yuhyun serves as an hoc reviewer for the Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling (JAPC) and an addictions & Ethics committee member for the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC).
Tonya Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Davis is a passionate scholar-practitioner who divides her time between clinical practice, consulting, and research. Dr. Davis earned her Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, and her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Alabama A& M University. She completed her EdS in Psychometry as well as her Doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Davis has been in private practice for the past 18 years providing psychological counseling and testing services to adults and children with a wide range of emotional and behavioral difficulties. In her consulting work, she regularly offers crisis consultation, workshops, and seminars for government and commercial clients. She has been an invited speaker for the Missile Defense Agency, the United States Secret Service, Netflix Corporation, Google, and Facebook.
Dr. Davis currently serves as an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Psychology & Counseling program at Alabama A&M University. Her research focuses on psychological /psychoeducational assessment, minority mental health, cybersecurity/cybercrimes and technology-infused mental health interventions. She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and serves on the Alabama Counseling Association Board (Region 2). She is a charter member of the Association of Black Psychologists (Huntsville chapter) and serves on the editorial board for several academic journals. She is currently the President-elect of the Multicultural Division of the Alabama Counseling Association. She is also the co-writer of a national blog for Psychology Today. She is the Co-principal investigator on a research project in the area of Virtual Career Mentoring for African American college students that has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for nearly one million dollars.
Dr. Davis is the mother of two sons ages 26 and 17. She enjoys traveling and watching crime movies in her spare time.
Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Dr. Laura Dawson-Fend received her Master of Arts in Community Counseling at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (2008), and her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Texas Tech University (2014). Laura has spent much of her clinical career working in community mental health with underserved populations. She has worked in substance abuse, crisis response and assessment, housing first and integrated care environments. Laura was an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Eastern New Mexico University, taught online as an adjunct for New Mexico Highlands University in both the Counseling and Social Work departments. Laura is currently an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University’s Community and Trauma Counseling program in Philadelphia. Dr. Dawson-Fend’s research interests are in the areas of trauma, crisis, human trafficking, effective models for working with law enforcement and first responders to prevent burnout and PTSD and closing the gap between what we know about trauma and effective interventions and how we treat and prevent trauma in the field.