Click Here To Listen Williamson Business 100 Leading African Americans Charnequa A Kennedy
Charnequa Austin Kennedy has been a counseling professional for 10 years with experience in the school and clinical setting. She currently serves as the Vice President for Integrated Behavioral Health and therapist for Ross Behavioral Group. Committed to supporting individuals with achieving goals that allow them to experience wellness and life balance, Ms. Kennedy understands that each person has times when life stressors or challenges can be less overwhelming with the assistance of counseling. Prior to working full-time for Ross Behavioral Group, Ms. Kennedy supported the academic success and social-emotional well-being of school-aged children in Williamson County Schools as a counselor.
Ms. Kennedy completed her graduate studies at South Carolina State University with a M.Ed. in Counselor Education and her undergraduate work at the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree as a joint Ed.S./Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology at Regent University. Ms. Kennedy holds National Board Certification as a Counselor (NCC) and School Counselor (NCSC) as evidence of her commitment to providing the highest standards of care. In addition to those certifications and licensure as a professional counselor, she is a certified Career Development Facilitator (GCDF), former CPI trainer for non-violent crisis prevention and holds educator licensure in South Carolina and Tennessee for K-12 in school counseling. Prior to working directly in counseling, Ms. Kennedy served as a program director for a youth development initiative in the non-profit sector and later a leadership development specialist/seminar instructor in higher education.
Through her professional affiliations, Ms. Kennedy is Past President of the Middle TN Counseling Association, a chapter of the Tennessee Counseling Association. Beyond being focused on the care of clients and her continued professional development, Ms. Kennedy seeks opportunities to invest in the development of other counselors currently as a conference proposal reviewer for the American Counseling Association. Additionally, she also serves as a mentor and scholarship reviewer for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Ms. Kennedy has also shared her knowledge in counseling as a conference presenter professionally and speaker at community events. Ms. Kennedy works with clients, childhood-adulthood to develop a variety of tools and skill sets that allow them to be the best version of themselves.
Outside of her professional obligations, Ms. Kennedy is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.
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