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Dr. Leigh Holman Ph.D

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Leigh Falls Holman has been a mental health professional for over 25 years, a licensed school counselor for 15 years, and a counselor educator for over a decade. She has worked extensively in a variety of settings with victims of abuse, and those who have addictions and offending behaviors. Her specialization is focused on trauma, addictions, and offenders. She authored a textbook on Forensic Mental Health Counseling drawing from her clinical work and research with these populations.

Dr. Holman has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and has over 80 refereed presentations on topics related to trauma and addiction/offender populations, counselor job stress/burnout, and application of neurosequential interventions (including experiential) in clinical and school settings. She has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling, the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and Counseling and Values, as well as serving as the Associate Editor of Theory and Practice for the Journal of Mental Health Counseling for 3 years.

She is in her second term as a ACA Governing Council Member. She has served as a member of ACA's Anti-Racism Taskforce, the GC liaison to the ACA Ethics Committee, and as a member of the Promoting Mental Health and Averting Addiction Taskforce. Dr. Holman has served on the board of the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors in various positions, including President. IAAOC recognized Dr. Holman as the Outstanding Professional of the Year for her contributions to the profession. She also serves on the board of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling.

Licenses and Certifications:
(Current)
Tennessee LPC-MHSP-Supervisor, 1664
National Certified Counselor, 51427
Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, S-1127
Theraplay Level 1 Certification
AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist, Child and Adolescent Counseling
AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist, Trauma Counseling
AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist, Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders
American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Worker Certification
FEMA Emergency Management Training
Tennessee Certified School Counselor

(Past)
Texas LPC-Supervisor
Texas Certified School Counselor, inactive
National Approved Clinical Supervisor, ACS00689, inactive
South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor, 3793, inactive
Texas Registered Sex Offender Treatment Provider, 97460, Inactive

Awards/Honors
International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors:
• President-Elect, President, Past-President 2014-2017
• Outstanding Counseling Professional 2013
• Outstanding Committee Chair, 2012
Sam Houston State University:
• Outstanding Doctoral Counseling Research Award, 2008
• Excellence in Writing Award, SHSU, 2008
• Genevieve H. Brown Scholarship Recipient, 2008
• Outstanding Counseling Student Award, 2008
• Counselor Education International Doctoral Scholarship Recipient, 2007
• Outstanding Doctoral Counselor Research Award, SHSU, 2007
• Excellence in Writing Award, SHSU, 2007
• Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Scholarship Recipient, 2006
Chi Sigma Iota National Excellence in Research Award, 2008
Memphis State University (now The University of Memphis):
• Chi Sigma Iota
• Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 1989
• Outstanding Young Women in America, 1988
• Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership honor society)
• Order of Omega (Greek honor society)
• Mortar Board Honor Society (top 20% of junior class)

Education

Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas, United States
Ph.D.
Counselor Education and Supervision
Dissertation: The Relationship Between the Assignment of Non-Counseling Duties and School Counselor Job Stress and Burnout
Advisor: Richard Watts

Georgia School of Professional Psychology (Now Argosy University, Atlanta)
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Masters of Arts
Professional Counseling

The University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Educational Specialist
School Counseling
Advisor: Richard James

Memphis State University
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Bachelors
Public Relations/Philosophy

Professional Associations

Association for Play Thearpy
2005 - 2014

American Mental Health Counselors Association
0 - Present

American School Counselors Association
0 - Present

Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling
0 - Present

International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors
0 - Present

Honors and Awards

Associate Editor of Theory and Practice
Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC)
2014

Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist, Child and Adolescent Cousneling
American Mental Health Cousneling Association (AMHCA)
2014

Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist, Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring DIsorders
American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA)
2014

Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist, Trauma Counseling
American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA)
2014

Excellence in Writing
Sam Houston State University (SHSU)
2007,2008,2009

Excellence in Writing Award
Sam Houston State University (SHSU)
2009

Excellence in Writing Award
Sam Houston State University (SHSU)
2008

Outstanding Committee Leadership
International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
2012

Outstanding Counseling Professional
International Association of Addiciton and Offender Counselors (IAAOC)
2013

Outstanding Counseling Student
Sam Houston State University (SHSU)
2008

Outstanding Doctoral Counseling Research Award
Sam Houston State University (SHSU)
2008

Outstanding Doctoral Counselor Research Award
Sam Houston State University (SHSU)
2008,2009

President Elect
International Association of Addiciton and Offender Cousnelors (IAAOC)
2014