Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD., Relationships in Therapy
Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the most prominent authors and presenters in the fields of counseling, psychotherapy, health, education, and advocacy. He has written over 100 books about a wide range of subjects, including On Being a Therapist, Creative Breakthroughs in Therapy, Bad Therapy, The Client Who Changed Me, Stories We’ve Heard, Stories We’ve Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life, Relationships in Counseling and the Counselor’s Life, On Being a Master Therapist, Secrets of Exceptional Counselors, Living and Being a Therapist: Selected Writings of Jeffrey Kottler, and Handbook of Refugee Experience. His books have been translated into dozens of languages.
Jeffrey has been a counselor, therapist, supervisor, and educator for 45 years, having worked a preschool, middle school, mental health center, crisis center, hospital, medical school, refugee resettlement agency, nongovernmental organization (NGO), university, community college, private practice, and disaster relief settings. He is also the founder of Empower Nepali Girls, a foundation that supports and mentors at-risk children. He has served as a Fulbright scholar and senior lecturer in Peru and Iceland, as well as worked as a visiting professor in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Nepal. Jeffrey is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton and Resident Scholar at the Alliance for Multicultural Community Services in Houston, Texas.
Charles Bell is the Deputy Director of Shoreline Behavioral Health Services. He has worked at Shoreline Behavioral Health Services for approximately 19 years, serving as Treatment Director for approximately 10 years, Assistant Director of Treatment Services, and Outpatient Clinical Addiction Counselor. Initially, he hired as the Coordinator of the Social Detox and residential Care Facility. Prior to Shoreline he served in the United States Navy and worked as the Patient Administration Department Head of the Addiction Rehabilitation Department of Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. Charles serves on the APSC Board of Directors.
James Campbell, LPC, LAC, MAC, AADC, has been working professionally in the human services field for over twenty-five years. His passion is helping individuals, families, and relationships to heal through leveraging their strengths and supporting other helping professionals as they cultivate their skills and expertise to assist others more effectively. . He is also a member of both NAADAC and ACA. James is the immediate past President of APSC and has worked in a wide range of clinical settings over the years. Currently, he serves as the Training and Technical Assistance Manager for the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center located at the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine and works privately as a nationally recognized author, consultant, professor, and speaker.
Nicole S. Deems, S., LMFT, LAC CS, RYT received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina where she returned for a graduate degree in Counselor Education, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. Nicole has worked with LRADAC, one of the leading substance use treatment centers in the Midlands of South Carolina, since 2006 and is currently the Director of Clinical Advancement where she provides clinical supervision, coaching and training for agency staff. Nicole’s clinical experience has been in providing therapeutic treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in areas related to mental health, substance use disorders, trauma, and family systems. Nicole operates a clinical private practice where she provides therapy, training and consultation, as well as clinical supervision to those seeking licensure as a LMFT or certification as an addictions counselor in the state of SC. Nicole has held positions on the board for the APSC since 2014 and serves as President for the Association in 2021-2022. Nicole is passionate about health and wellness and believes that healing occurs best with connection and intention. She has completed her 200-hour training as a Registered Yoga Teacher and is trained in trauma-informed yoga practices for the healing of trauma and recovery. Nicole sees her work as improving the lives of individuals and as well as building stronger, healthier communities.
Ed Johnson, LPC, LAC/S, MAC, CS, CPRS, has been at the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Southeast ATTC) located at the National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta since 2010 and is currently the Associate Director for Training and Technical Assistance. He has over 25 years of experience providing direct services to individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Co-Occurring Disorders. For over 30 years he has been providing trainings in Addiction Treatment, Prevention and Recovery. For the past 36 years, Ed has been a person in long term recovery. He is currently credentialed / licensed as a Licensed Professional Counsel (LPC), Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Licensed Addiction Counselor Supervisor (LACS), Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) and Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS).
Christina Jones , LPC, LPCS, MAC is a native of South Carolina and has been employed by the University of South Carolina since 2015. She earned her master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Carolina with a Certificate in Psychiatric Counseling. She holds certification as a Master Addictions Counselor and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor. Christina has been serving a wide range of populations since 2008 and in various settings such as outpatient & IOP substance use treatment, vocational rehabilitation, private practice, and college counseling. She offers specialized experience working with individuals with problematic sexual behaviors and has a growing area of interest in working with the neurodivergent community. In addition to direct counseling services, she has experience ranging from clinical supervision, conference presentations/trainings, and program/curriculum development. She is passionate about helping individuals seek a more fulfilling and happier life and is grateful to be a part of their journey.
Jamie Chrisman Low, MEd, LPCA, LMHCA, CPSS, is a national certified counselor and board certified telemental health provider licensed in SC and NC in private practice in Lake Wylie, SC. Currently, she serves as a non-federal peer member appointed to the Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorder Coordinating Committee under SAMHSA, and APSC Peer Support Services Certification Commission board member. She is a grandmother of five in long term Recovery pursuing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.
David Pruett, CPSS, NCPS, NCPRSS is a nationally certified Peer Recovery Specialist currently supervising Peers throughout the United States at WEconnect Health Management. He has over 30 years experience in resort and retail management. Dave has been a person in recovery for over 30 years. He also serves as Chair for the APSC Peer Recovery Services Certification Commission and SC SHARE, Vice Chair for SC-ARCO, and is a Board member for the APSC. He helped develop the Peer Supervision standards for the National Association of Peer Specialists, is a National Certification trainer for the NCPS and trains CPSS and Peer Supervisors in South Carolina.
Kimbley Smith, LPC, LPC/S, MAC, LAC, CS, is the Director of Women and Children Treatment Services at Serenity Village, part of The Phoenix Center in Greenville, SC. Kimbley has worked in residential and outpatient services such as local mental health, group homes, schools, psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment facilities, substance use rehabilitation programs since 1993.
Kimbley has her Associates of Liberal Art from Anderson College, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Education with emphasis in Counseling and Guidance Services from Clemson University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Master Addictions Counselor. She is a member of National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors as well as Addiction Professionals of South Carolina where she serves on the Certification Commission and is a member of the Board.
Kimbley has a strong belief that people want to be their best and have a good life and sometimes that means giving them a helping hand. Kimbley likes to spend her free time with her family, her dogs and working in the yard.