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Welcome to The Multicultural Counseling and Development Division

A Division of the Maryland Counseling Association

.Mission Statement

The Maryland Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (MAMCD) is devoted to promoting a greater understanding of culture and ethnicity to the counseling profession, while at the same time, improving on the clinical interventions for improving on the standards and practices of multicultural counseling.


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 MAMCD Resource Material

2019-2020 Brochure (Coming soon!)

Additional Materials

Powerpoint slides and handouts from Fall 2019 Workshop (Coming soon!)


Committee Chair

If you are interested in serving on a committee, or serving as the chair of one of the committees listed below,
reach out to the
MAMCD Committee Chair: 

Atiya R. Smith, Ph.D., LCPC

Open Positions

Policy Committee Chair

Awards Committee Chair

Nomination and Elections Committee Chair

Human Rights Committee Chair

Government Relations Committee Chair

 Public Relations Committee Chair

Program Planning Committee chair

Membership Committee Chair

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always welcome!
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, reach out to the MAMCD Volunteer Committee Chair:

Ebonie Hawkins

We are an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider!

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2019-2020 MAMCD Board 

President: Leslie Holley, MA, LCPC, NCC

Leslie Holley is a Nationally Certified Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC - MD, IL) (LPC - MO, DC, VA) (NCC) who earned her Masters in Community Counseling from DePaul University where she also taught Career Counseling and Supervision to graduate students, as an adjunct professor. Currently, she spends her time at her private practice, Healing-Circle, LLC in downtown Silver Spring, MD.  

Leslie offers counseling to adults and adolescents suffering from trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, post baby issues, substance abuse and couples facing issues with communication and co-dependency. She has a breadth of knowledge working with children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Disruptive Behavior Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Leslie specializes in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and has been extensively trained in trauma and how it affects the brain.  

In her previous job, Leslie was a Clinical Supervisor, overseeing clinical supervision for the community support team that worked with tier 2 and 3 students from the Washington, DC area.  Additionally, she has also been trained in children and adolescent curriculums’ including Anger Coping, Think First, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). She has participated in the Children’s Hospital Train the Trainer (TTT) series and is an experienced presenter, presenting on mental health topics throughout the Chicagoland area.  She has presented on trauma and how it effects children in the Woodlawn and Auburn Gresham communities, has been a co-presenter for the American Counseling Association and the Illinois Counseling Association on help-seeking behaviors of African American men, and a guest speaker for the City of Evanston on grief, managing change in the workplace, and depression to name a few. 

Leslie is also an avid volunteer, advocating for young adults presenting with anger, abuse, neglect, and self-esteem issues.  

President-Elect: Atiya R. Smith, Ph.D., LCPC

Atiya R. Smith is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology & Counseling at Hood College. Dr. Smith received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hood College, a master’s degree in Applied Psychology: Counseling Track from the University of Baltimore, and a doctoral degree in Education with a specialty in Counseling & Counselor Education [CACREP-accredited] from the University of Rochester. At Hood College, she coordinates the School Counseling specialty within the graduate Counseling program, serves on the Title IX Committee, is a member of the Retention Committee, and is the faculty advisor for the Black Student Union.  

Dr. Smith’s research interests focus on the experiences of women of color attending PWIs, first year college students/students in transition, and students with disabilities. Her research lab, the Student Retention Research Lab, focuses on exploring the experiences of these students and developing strategies to aid in their success. She also has an interest in race-based traumatic stress, anxiety disorders, the mind-body connection, and professional identity development in counseling students.

Dr. Smith has been inducted into the international honor societies for counseling (Chi Sigma Iota), psychology (Psi Chi), and education (Kappa Delta Pi). She was also selected as a Presidential Fellow (2013), an Emerging Leaders Fellow (2013), and an Emerging Leaders Mentor (2019) within the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Currently, she holds the position of Vice Chair for Scholarship & Research for the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Co-Chair of the Mentoring Work Group with ACES’ School Counseling Interest Network (ACES SCIN), and Co-Chair for the Emerging Leaders Program in the Maryland School Counselor Association (MSCA). Her counseling experience includes work in K-12 settings (both public and independent schools), university counseling centers, and outpatient clinics. Her professional experience includes providing executive functioning coaching, academic coaching, and additional support to children, adolescents, and college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Specific Learning Disabilities. 

As the President-Elect, Dr. Smith serves as Chair of the MAMCD Committees and the Membership Chair. She also co-manages the social media pages and the MAMCD website. She is excited to support the President, increase membership, and uphold the mission and vision of MAMCD.

Past President: Michelle Chaney, MA, LCPC, CAA-AD, CCTP

Michelle Chaney is the immediate Past President of MAMCD (2018-2019). As president she was able to uphold the By-Laws and combine her duties with advocacy, promoted greater understanding as well as fostered community partnership.  She has worked and volunteered in the community for over 20 years and remains dedicated to the helping profession. Her ability to work with troubled youth, those who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV), dual diagnosis, chemical addiction and those who have come into contact with the legal system demonstrates her level of compassion and tenacity. 

Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAA-AD) with Maryland Supervision Status, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from State University of New York in 2005 with a focus on Human Growth and Development and emphasis in Adolescent Psychological development. She completed a year of a Master of Science in Clinical Community Counseling at Chaminade University in Honolulu Hawaii and obtained a Master Arts degree in Human Sciences at Hood College in 2010. She completed a Postmaster Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University in 2014.  Michelle has been a mentor for Johns Hopkins SOE program since 2014. At Argosy University, Michelle completed 48 of 60 credits in Counseling Education and Supervision (CES) Doctor of Education (EdD) program. Therefore, she possesses extensive knowledge and is highly skilled in the areas counseling that includes pedagogical related skills and abilities. She is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota (2014), holds a Psi Chi lifetime membership and earned the Chancellors Award for academic excellence.

Michelle is the owner of Healthy Connections Counseling, LLC. Her approach to therapy is Humanistic where the relationship is viewed as the most important aspect of therapy and clients are the experts. She utilizes an assortment of clinical skills to support personal growth and learning to live life with grace while embracing adversity. Michelle believes a holistic approach encourages safety and trust that can start the healing process.

As the Immediate Past President, she will assist the current Executive Board (2019-2020) and continue to up-hold MAMCD’s By-Laws.

Treasurer: Aaron B. Stills, Ph.D.

Aaron B. Stills, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies at Howard University. Dr. Stills is the founding president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and past president of the Maryland Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Currently, he serves as the treasurer of MAMCD.  

Recording Secretary: Stacey Scott, MS., LCPC

Stacey Scott is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Howard University in 1998.
  She has over 20 years of experience counseling and consulting.  After 10 years of working in the public school system, Stacey transitioned to private practice where she enjoys working with young adults, adults and couples.  

She specializes in treating individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and stress. Stacey believes in empowering and strengthening the growth of individuals to live fulfilling lives by helping them develop effective coping skills.  Stacey enjoys facilitating Vision Board Workshops, training, and consulting. 

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