Betsy Smith, M.Ed., LPC-S
5959 W Loop S, Ste 367
Bellaire, TX 77401
Licensed Professional Counselor
Texas License #66232
Clinical Training Director, Clinical Mental Health Program, The University of St. Thomas
Oversee clinical training portion of Master's program
Develop and maintain relationships with clinical training sites
Advise and consult with students about clinical placements
Serve as Continuing Education Coordinator for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Communicate with Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors on all matters relating to the licensure of University of St. Thomas graduates
Private Practice, Betsy C. Smith Counseling & Consulting, PLLC
Provide individual and group counseling to children, adolescents, and adults
Provide parent education and coaching
Conduct training seminars and workshops for parents, childcare providers, and education professionals
Consult with teachers and educational professionals at schools
Supervise Licensed Professional Counselor Interns
Social and Emotional Program Director, Small Steps Nurturing Center
June 2012-June 2014
Serve as clinical director
Ensure compliance with legal and ethical standards
Oversee implementation of all aspects of social and emotional program
Provide continuing education for teachers regarding child development, interventions to facilitate social and emotional development, attachment theory, brain development, conflict resolution, and more
Provide training and supervision to practicum students and mental health clinicians on staff
Implement and oversee parent and volunteer training programs
Provide individual and group therapy
Assist with preparation of grant requests to obtain funding for social and emotional program
Serve on subcommittees and make periodic reports to Board of Directors
Establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with universities and community service organizations
Social and Emotional Program Coordinator, Small Steps Nurturing Center
August 2009-June 2012
Implemented social and emotional curriculum in classrooms through direct instruction, modeling and consultation
Participated in multidisciplinary team including educators, occupational and speech therapists, and mental health professionals
Made referrals to social service agencies
Provided parent education
Made home visits
Provided therapy including: filial therapy, individual and group therapy with children and adults, process groups for adults, and crisis counseling
Practicum Student, Small Steps Nurturing Center
January 2009-June 2009
Modeled behavioral interventions for teachers
Conducted individual and group therapy
Participated in parent education events
Practicum Student, Office of Michelle Forrester, Ph.D., Child Psychologist
January 2009-August 2009
Provided group therapy for children
Performed individual play therapy with children
Communicated with parents regarding goals of treatment and progress of therapy
Recorded case notes and kept file on individuals clients
Performed school observations
Children's Ministry Assistant, West University Baptist Church
Led gathering time of games and music for approximately 100 children after school each day
Wrote and directed children's Christmas play
Performed bookkeeping and collections
Registered families for various children's ministries
Master of Education in Counseling
University of Houston, Houston, TX
Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences
The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Smith, B.C. “How Poverty Affects Mental Health.” Training for Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, Houston, TX, September 2, 2015.
Smith, B.C. “Understanding Non-Suicidal Self Injury.” Training for Harris County Juvenile Probation Department, Houston, TX August 5, 2015.
Smith, B.C. “How to Motivate Your Kids (...And How Not To).” Presentation for parents at T.H. Rogers Middle School, Houston, TX, March 3, 2015.
Smith, B.C. “Setting the Record Straight on Bullying.” Presentation for parents at Lovett Elementary, Houston, TX, October 23, 2014.
Smith, B.C. “How to Handle the Hard Kids.” Workshop for childcare staff of West University Baptist and Crosspoint Churches, Houston, TX, August 20, 2014.
Smith, B.C. “Put the Cell Phone Down, Mom and Dad.” Radio interview addressing how parents’ use of cell phones affects children. KTRH 740, Houston, TX, April 24, 2014.
Smith, B.C. “Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood.” Workshop for childcare staff of West University Baptist and Crosspoint Churches, Houston, TX, June 11, 2013.
Smith, B.C. “Recognizing and Responding to Autism.” Workshop for teachers and staff at Small Steps Nurturing Center, Houston, TX, May 13, 2013.
Smith, B.C. “Standing up to Bullies: Teaching Your Children How to Respond to Violence.” Workshop for parents at Small Steps Nurturing Center, Houston, TX, March 21, 2013.
Smith, B.C. “Putting an end to Bullying.” Workshop for childcare staff of West University Baptist and Crosspoint Churches, Houston, TX, August 23, 2012.
Smith, B.C. “Attachment and Brain Development.” Workshop for teachers and staff at Small Steps Nurturing Center, Houston, TX, August 20, 2012.
Smith, B.C. –“Social and Emotional Development of Preschoolers.” Workshop for volunteer group at David Weekly Homes, Houston, TX, June 20, 2012.
Smith, B.C. “Social and Emotional Development of Preschoolers.” Workshop for early childhood specialists at YMCA of Greater Houston, Houston, TX, October 7, 2011.
Smith, B.C. in Parry, S.R. “Helping Children Handle the Loss of a Pet.” Interviewed for article for Dogs for Kids magazine, Houston, TX, April 24, 2010.