Dr. Irene S. Houston
Irene S. Houston, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, Interim Clinical Director
Co-Founding Partner of ProActive Management Consulting, LLC since inception in April 2003, Dr. Irene S. Houston is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the States of South Carolina and Georgia. Dr. Houston is a Nationally Certified Counselor with more than 40 years of experience as a practicing clinician and educator with extensive experience in community mental health services, human services, program planning, community-based organization administration, program development, technical assistance, policy research, advocacy and network coalition building. Dr. Houston was a faculty member at two major Research I universities in the Southeast as well as a lead presenter of research and scholarly work at numerous local, state, national and international professional conferences and educational meetings. She has authored various published works in referenced professional journals and books. She is a native of Eastover, SC and received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education, Ed.S. in Community Agency Counseling, M.A. in Religious Studies and B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina
Dr. Carolyn N. Wright Herard
Carolyn Wright Herard, Ph.D. I-O Psychologist
Program Director ProActive Institute.
Dr. Wright-Hérard is coming to PMC experienced in clinical evaluations, crisis intervention, curriculum development and program management. Dr. Wright-Hérard recently achieved her doctoral degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (I-O), specializing in issues of work-related stress and depression with a keen understanding of the impact this has on organizational development. Dr. Wright-Hérard has over 18 years of clinical and educational experience in both the U.S. and Canada, working as Coordinator of Recreational Services at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto, Co-Chaired a Mental Health Task Force for the elderly with mental illness for the Atlanta Regional Commission, Director of Vocational Services for a private psychiatric and addiction facility in GA, interned at Emory University for counseling and currently provides clinical and treatment evaluations for psychiatric clients. As a native of Toronto, Ontario, Dr. Wright-Hérard received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Toronto. Her graduate work was completed at Clark Atlanta University with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and her Doctoral degree in I-O Psychology from Capella University.
Dr. Lisa M. Tait
Dr. Lisa M. Tait, M.A., D. Min., LPC
Coordinator of Mandated AOD Program ProActive Institute.
Dr. Lisa M. Tait is a Licensed Professional Counselor for the state of Georgia. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor with more than 23 years of experience as a practicing clinician and she has worked untiringly in the fields of education, community mental health, pastoral counseling, marketing, program development, child advocacy and social service. Dr. Tait has served as a faculty member at Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD, and the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. She has authored several books and published research articles in several professional journals. She has served as an on-air personality and relationship expert on CBS Radio Atlanta, Syndication One and SGN the Light. She is a native of Baltimore, MD and received her M.A. degree from The American University and her Doctorate of Theology degree from Virginia Union University. Currently she serves as Team Leader (Substance Abuse Treatment Team) with Proactive Management Consulting, Inc.
Afrika Cotton, MSW, AMCF
Afrika Cotton, MSW, AMCF
Ms. Cotton is currently a clinician in the DeKalb and Cobb county areas. Ms. Cotton graduated from Smith College School for Social work in the Advance Standing program. Ms. Cotton has experience providing therapeutic services (individual, family and group therapy) from a theoretical approach (psychodynamic, trauma-focused, attachment, family systems, narrative, and self psychology). Ms. Cotton also has specialized training in the area of Anger Management and is an Anger Management Certified Facilitator. Ms. Cotton maintains her commitment to provide quality care to individuals, families and communities she serves.
Elizabeth Lopez Green, MSW
Elizabeth Lopez Green, MSW:
As a Clinical Social Worker, parent and former military wife, Elizabeth came from a conservative Mexican immigrant family. Growing up in California, upon learning English and as an avid reader of Self-Help books, she found her passion in helping others heal emotionally when at the age of 14 she began to work with the elderly. Understanding that every person needs at least one person to believe in them, she then went on to graduate from Santa Clara University and became an advocate for adolescents in social services. Since then she has worked with troubled teens and adults in a variety of settings to include: the courts, hospital and medical clinics, in foster care and as a community clinician. After earning a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Southern California, through the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), she began to transform lives in the area of higher consciousness. Elizabeth is currently using her bilingual skills to work with Hispanic families in need of counseling, therapy and community resource linkages. Elizabeth serves on the Board of Directors for the Cecil Pruett YMCA in Canton and reaches out to inspire a healthy way of life for families.
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