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Melinda R. Paige, Ph.D, LPC, CPCS, NCC

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Dr. Melinda Paige is a licensed professional counselor, certified professional counselor supervisor, and national certified counselor.

Melinda Paige earned a Ph.D in Counselor Education and Practice and an Ed. S in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University. She has twenty years of clinical experience serving survivors of trauma as well as trauma mental health training and consultation experience.

Melinda Paige is a founder of the the Trauma Competency Institute as well as an Assistant Professor and subject matter expert for trauma counseling curricula at Argosy University. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified professional counselor supervisor, and national certified counselor.

Dr. Paige was the recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota International Outstanding Practitioner Award (2014) and the American Counseling Association Professional Development Award (2018). Dr. Paige has published and presented nationally on trauma competency, protective factors in the prevention of secondary trauma and self-injury.

NATIONAL MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

BLOGS

Dr. Paige receiving award

Atlanta’s Melinda Paige Earns Professional Development Award, June 1, 2018

Argosy University, Atlanta faculty member Melinda Paige recently received the national Professional Development Award from the American Counseling Association (ACA). She received the honor at a ceremony at the ACA Conference.

Read more here:

https://www.argosy.edu/news-events/atlanta-s-melinda-paige-earns-professional-development-award

Bustle: What to do if news about suicide is triggering for you or a loved one according to experts.

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https://www.bustle.com/p/what-to-do-if-news-about-suicide-is-triggering-for-you-a-loved-one-according-to-experts-9342639

How Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Uses Unbridled Optimism & Sunny Colors To Tell The Darkest Story On TV. Refinery29, Meghan Demaria, May 17, 2017.

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http://www.refinery29.com/2017/05/154007/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt-colors-contrast-ptsd-abuse

Why the Poor Really Turn to Drugs: And why the ‘bad kids’ at school act as they do. Lifezette, Jennifer Fallon, November 17, 2016.

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https://www.lifezette.com/healthzette/why-the-poor-really-turn-drugs/

Dr. Melinda Paige, assistant professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University, Atlanta, was recently a guest expert on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought.” The show featured an in-depth interview with Dr. Page, filmmaker Alix Blair, and Jon Jackson—a Georgia veteran who started a farm and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Paige discussed how farming can help veterans to cope with PTSD.

https://www.argosy.edu/news-events/argosy-university-atlanta-instructor-featured-on-georgia-public-broadcastings-on-second-thought

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

22:57: The nation is still learning more details from Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas — the deadliest mass shooting in modern history — where a gunman fired into a crowd of music festival attendees along the Las Vegas Strip, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 500. Prior to that, the nation was focused on natural disasters, like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as it ravaged parts of the US. Dr. Melinda Page, clinical mental health counseling professor, offers guidance and suggestions to cope with these tragedies.

https://www.wabe.org/episode/closer-look-atlanta-mayoral-candidate-peter-aman-ga-attorney-general-chris-carr/

Closer Look: Remembering Prince; That Pepsi Ad; And More: Behavior expert Dr. Melinda Paige describes the steps people should take to counter the stress they might have after the Interstate 85 collapse. April 21, 2017.

Listen here: http://news.wabe.org/post/closer-look-remembering-prince-pepsi-ad-and-more

NPR morning radio show, On Second Thought, Adam Ragusea. The show features veterans who return home from war and become farmers with trauma subject matter expert, Dr. Melinda Paige. September 16, 2016.

Read about the interview here: http://www.wfsb.com/story/30987870/georgia-farming-program-helps-veterans-heal-from-ptsd-and-tbi

Phil Hulett and Friends. Dr. Melinda Paige explains why people lie. In the interview, we discussed how lying is tied to stress, safety and survival. September, 23, 2016.

Listen here:
http://philhulettandfriends.com/episode-290-part-2-you-are-a-liar/

20:46: One in five adults experience mental illness in a given year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. We learn how the workplace affects employee’s mental health with Julie Smith, president and CEO of Custom Human Resource Solutions and Dr. Melinda Paige, a behavior expert.

http://news.wabe.org/post/closer-look-response-atv-fines-mental-health-and-workplace-and-more

NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Paige, M., Ritter, K., & Watson, T. (2018, October). Mitigating vicarious trauma: Teaching protective strategies and vicarious resilience. Paper presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Myrtle beach, South Carolina.

Paige, M. (2018, April). Trauma mental health: A competency perspective. Paper presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Military and Government Counseling Association Professional Development Institute, Atlanta, Georgia.

Paige, M. (2018, February). The essentials of trauma competency: The knowledge, skills and attitude of the trauma-competent counselor. Paper presented at the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Paige, M., & Ritter, K. (2017, May). The essentials of trauma-competent supervision. Paper presented at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia.

Paige, M. (2017, March). The ethics of trauma-competent mental health care. Paper presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Military and Government Counseling Association Professional Development Institute, San Francisco, California.

Paige, M., Ritter. & Williams, C. (2016, October). The trauma-informed classroom. Paper presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Paige, M., DeVore, J., Chang, C.Y., & Whisenhunt, J. (2016, October). The trauma-competent clinician:A qualitative model of knowledge, skills, and attitudes supporting adlerian-based trauma psychotherapy. Roundtable presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Paige, M., & Scohier, S. (2016, June). The essentials of trauma competency: The beliefs, knowledge and skills of the trauma-competent counselor. Paper presented at the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia Annual Conference, Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Paige, M. (2014, October). Experiences of recovery: Counselor development among trauma therapists. Roundtable presented at the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Birmingham, AL.

TRAININGS & SEMINARS

Paige, M. (2018, September). The essentials of trauma competency training series: The beliefs, knowledge and skills of the trauma-competent counselor. Training presented to mental health professionals, Mercy Care, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2017, May). Essentials of trauma-informed care. Training presented to mental health professionals, Direct Care Training, Wellspring Living, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2017, February). Essentials of trauma-informed care. Training presented to mental health professionals, Direct Care Training, Wellspring Living, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2016, December). The essentials of trauma competency training series: The beliefs, knowledge and skills of the trauma-competent counselor. Training presented to clinical mental health counseling students, Chi Sigma Iota, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2016, September). The essentials of trauma competency training series: The beliefs, knowledge and skills of the trauma-competent counselor. Training presented to mental health professionals, Dekalb County Community Service Board, Decatur, GA.

Paige, M. (2016, May, 2016). Essentials of trauma-informed care. Training presented to mental health professionals, Safety net Recovery, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2016, April). Essentials of trauma-informed care. Training presented to mental health professionals, Acorn Outpatient Atlanta, Marietta, GA.

Paige, M. (2016, March). The essentials of trauma competency training series: The beliefs, knowledge and skills of the trauma-competent counselor. Training presented to mental health professionals, Papermill Counseling, Marietta, GA.

Paige, M. (2016, March). Essentials of trauma-informed care. Training presented to mental health professionals, Direct Care Training, Wellspring Living, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2016, February). Essentials of trauma competency. Training presented to mental health professionals, Peachford Hospital, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2015, October). Essentials of trauma competency. Training presented to mental health professionals, Licensed Professional Counseling Association of Georgia, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2015, June). Essentials of trauma competency. Training presented to mental health professionals, Peachford Hospital, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2015, May). Essentials of trauma competency. Training presented to mental health professionals, Mindworks Psychology, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Paige, M. (2014, November). Essentials of trauma competency. Training presented to mental health professionals, Atlanta Relationship Institute, Atlanta, GA.

Paige, M. (2014, April). Treating traumatized individuals. Training presented via webinar to professional counseling students, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA.

NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES

Glamour: How to spot signs of suicide and what you can do to help.

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https://www.glamour.com/story/how-to-spot-signs-of-suicide-what-you-can-do-to-help

Why did Ryan Lochte lie? Local experts point to stress, guilt and fear. Leslie Gray Streeter. Palm Beach Post and Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Read more here:

http://www.ajc.com/news/national/why-did-ryan-lochte-lie-experts-point-stress-guilt-fear/KIgOOgAxkng6uV5hb1SlzL/

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION

Paige, Melinda, “Competencies in trauma counseling: A qualitative investigation of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of trauma-competent counselors.” Dissertation, Georgia State University, 2015.

http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/cps_diss/109/

PUBLICATIONS

Paige, M., Chang, C., Whisenhunt, J. (In Review). Competencies in trauma counseling: A qualitative investigation of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of trauma- competent counselors. Journal of Military and Government Counseling.

Paige, M., DeVore, J., Chang, C., Whisenhunt, J. (2017). The Trauma-Competent Clinician: A qualitative Model of knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Supporting Adlerian-based Trauma Psychotherapy. Journal of Individual Psychology, 73(1).

Whisenhunt, J., Chang, C., Brack, G., Orr, J., Adams, L., Paige, M., McDonald, C., & O’Hara, C. (2015). Self-injury and suicide: Practical information for college counselors. Journal of College Counseling.

Whisenhunt, J., Chang, C., Brack, G., Orr, J., Adams, L., Paige, M., McDonald, C., & O’Hara, C. (2014). Professional counselors’ conceptualizations of the relationship between suicide and self-injury. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36(3), 263-282.

Melinda R. Paige, Ph.D, LPC, CPCS, NCC

Dr. Paige provides consultation and trauma-specific clinical supervision.
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http://traumacompetentcounselor.com/clinical-supervision/

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