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Deanna Towns

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Clinical Supervision; Trauma and Abuse; Military Families; Development of Counseling Internationally; Virtues in Learning Acquisition Deanna Towns earned her bachelor's degree in social work from University of Georgia, her master's in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University in Virginia, and is completing her doctorate in counselor education and supervision at Regent University in Virginia. Prior to joining the Bethel community, Deanna worked as an adjunct professor at Regent University and and as a mental health counselor in private practice. She is involved in educating students cross-culturally and establishing the profession of counseling in Eastern Europe.

Started at Bethel

2019

Education

  • University of Georgia - BSW, 1993
  • Liberty University - MA Marriage & Family Counseling, 2011

Courses Taught

Supervision and Consultation; Ethics, Professional Orientation, and Legal Issues; Advanced Skills and Practicum; Human Sexuality

Presentations

Invited Presentations and Trainings

Zaporozhets, O., Kreimeyer, J., & Towns, D. (2017, October). Standardization of mental health services for military members and their families in Ukraine. Presented at the Seminar for Ukrainian Military Psychologists and Government Administrators in Mental Health and Psychological Support Services, facilitated by the Administration of the President of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Zaporozhets, O., Stafford, K., & Towns, D. (2017, October). Suicide prevention among service members and implementation of master's and post-graduate programs for psychologists. Round table discussion facilitated by the National Guard of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.

Towns, D. L. (2017, October 17). Resilience in Military Families. Round table: Resilience and stress resistance of contemporary Ukraine: Consequences of war and mental health, facilitated by Golda Meir Ukraine-Israeli Institute of Strategic Research, National Academy of Government under the President of Ukraine, and Ariel University (Israel). Presented and broadcasted on National News Agency of Ukraine (official Ukraine government channel), UKRINFORM, Kyiv, Ukraine.

National and International Conference Presentations

Towns, D. L. (2018, May 27). Enhancing the family system as a resource for growth, resiliency, and recovery. Presented at the 5th International Scientific-Clinical Conference of Christian Psychologists, facilitated by Ukraine Catholic University, L'viv, Ukraine.

Palen, C., & Towns, D. (2018, May 27). Addressing secondary trauma in the family system. Workshop at the 5th International Scientific-Clinical Conference of Christian Psychologists, facilitated by Ukraine Catholic University, L'viv, Ukraine.

Kellums, M., Zaporozhets, O., & Towns, D. L. (2017, March). Cultural factors in effective supervision between Ukrainian supervisees and non-Ukrainian supervisors. Poster presented at the annual conference of Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Chicago, IL.

Certificates and Licenses

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (NC)

Nationally Certified Counselor

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

American Counseling Association

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision

Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Community of Counselors and Counseling Educators committee member

Chi Sigma Iota, Regent University chapter president

International Mental Health Consulting, Inc., Vice President