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Communications, Media, & Public Relations Committee

Communication/Media and Public Relations Committee:   Oversees and coordinates all non-journal and non-newsletter-related publications and media projects of IARTC with the approval of the IARTC Board.  Members include regional and national diversity with an eye for talent in content and product development such as webinars, reports, briefs, website and social media content, and online Interest Networks of IARTC.  This committee will need 9-10 members, divided to address website and social media; online product development; and publications and Interest Networks.

Meet The Team

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Giovani Casseus, MA

My name is Giovani Casseus. I recently graduated from Florida State University, where I studied and obtained my masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, along with an Educational Specialist degree. Before obtaining my masters, I received my bachelors degree in Psychology, and a minor in Gender Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. Throughout my time in my masters program Ive had the honor of being appointed to several clinical roles such as an Outpatient Therapist Intern at the Center for Couple and Family Therapy; and a Psychometrist Technician at North Florida Neuropsychology, a psychological private practice. My passion for counseling and wanting to help ameliorate issues related to trauma is heavily influenced by my personal experiences being raised in Sunrise, Florida, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. My upbringing here exposed me to the lifestyles of culturally diverse, and marginalized people who continue to experience undue hardships that increase the likelihood of experiencing trauma. My affinity for helping others has budded from my understanding of, and care for those who have been historically oppressed. My scholastic, research, and professional endeavors have been geared towards studying and working with diverse individuals, and trauma-related concepts. 

Nikki Hurless, Ph.D., LPC (MO), LPC-Associate (TX), NCC

Dr. Nikki Hurless (she/her) is an assistant professor of counseling at Tarleton State University in Fort Worth, TX. Her research focuses on applying a trauma-informed lens to education, clinical supervision, and the professional development of counselors. She is also a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and EMDR provider in Missouri and Texas. Nikki advocates for improving mental health treatment and access for gender diverse /queer clients and survivors of interpersonal violence.

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Tiffany Chartier, MA


Tiffany Chartier is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student at Grace College. She previously obtained an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on negotiations, and a BS in Criminal Justice. Since 2016, Ms. Chartier has been a weekly inspirational and wellness columnist for several newspapers. She has served in a police department as a crime victim assistance volunteer providing crisis intervention and personal advocacy. In addition, she has been a mentor with Kids Hope USA, the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Ms. Chartier works full-time as an executive administrator for community and economic development. She is passionate about meeting people where they are and assisting in addressing trauma through healthy pathways.

Lisa Whitehead, MA, LMFT, LCDC, RPT

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor as well and a Registered Play Therapist. I am a certified EMDR therapist. I am trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Solution-focused Focused Couples Therapy, with special focuses on trauma, attachment issues, inner-child work, distressed relationships, anxiety, anger, grief, and addiction. My education includes an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University as well as an MA in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. I am currently a doctoral student at the University of the Cumberlands in the Counselor Education & Supervision program with anticipated candidacy in Spring 2025. I am currently in private practice in Humble, TX a small suburb north of Houston. 


My research interests include anything EMDR and trauma-related, structural dissociation, gatekeeping in the world of CES as well as BIPOC CES professional identity development.


My professional aim is to reduce barriers to quality mental health services for marginalized populations. 


I am a cyclist and proud finisher of the MS 150! 

Please let us know if you would like to join this dynamic committee!

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