SCP Practitioners Join the American Board of Counseling Psychology

The American Board of Counseling Psychology is pleased to announce the addition of two new members. They will serve a three year term and assist in the process of reviewing applications, practice samples, and oral examinations of candidates for board certification in Counseling Psychology. Congratulations to Dr. Button and Dr. Covey!

Major Christopher Button, Ph.D., ABPP is the Specialist for Primary Prevention of Violence, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas.  He is piloting this role for the United States Air Force (USAF) and working to reduce self-directed and interpersonal violence among USAF personnel and their families.  He is responsible for organizing training and violence APA2014_1prevention initiatives for over 8,000 USAF active duty, Guard, and Reserves personnel. Prior to this assignment, Major Button directed multidisciplinary clinical teams providing mental health services to over 36,000 beneficiaries at Little Rock AFB and 22,000 beneficiaries at McConnell AFB. Major Button’s interests include suicide, primary prevention of violence, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, combat-related moral injury, personality disorders, and consultation services.

Major Button began his military career as an enlisted member of the Iowa Air National Guard, where he worked in Civil Engineering for nearly 10 years.  During his enlisted service, he completed his undergraduate degree and commenced his doctoral education.  He earned his commission through the USAF Health Professions Scholarship Program in 2006 and he graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology following the completion of his pre-doctoral internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center earlier that year. Major Button has spent the majority of his military career leading military Mental Health Clinics and serving as a staff psychologist providing therapy services within those clinics. Major Button provided clinical services to service members deployed in support of the U.S. Global War on Terrorism in Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM.

Education:
1999 Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and Psychology, Central College, Iowa
2003 Airman Leadership School, 132d Fighter Wing, Des Moines, Iowa
2009 Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
2012 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
2015 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama

Mary Ann Covey, PhD, ABPP has worked at the Student Counseling Service at Texas A&M University for over 25 years.  She is currently the Associate Director responsible for training and after hour crisis.  She has also been in the role of Coordinator of Counseling and Programming with Student Athletes for the past 25 years.  She is the Past President of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies and currently is the APA Programs Chair for Div 17.
Academic Training: Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Texas A&M University; M.A. Clinical Psychology, Loyola University; B.A. Sociology, St. Bonaventure University
Internship: Center for Counseling and Student Development, University of Delaware
Licensure/Certification: Licensed Psychologist, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologist, No. 4937
Honors:President of ACCTA (Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies) 2012 – current; Board Member of ACCTA (Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies) 2007 – 2011; Texas A&M University’s Women’s Progress Award 2007; Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education Distinguished Professor 2002; President of the Board of Directors of the Brazos Valley Rape Crisis Center 2000-02; Founder of the ALLIES Organization (Supporting gay/lesbian/bisexual students) at Texas A&M University 1996
Areas of Special Interest:
Training issues; eating disorders; diversity issues; gay/lesbian/bisexual issues; sexual assault/abuse; working with student-athletes; and gender issues
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