Clinical Teams

Emerge offers a variety of teams for clinicians to participate in so that they continue to collaborate, consult, train, receive support, and launch new initiatives in various areas of clinical interest.

Our hope is to continue to offer a broad range of clinical interest teams so that each clinician finds a place to further cultivate their giftings. All clinical teams are currently meeting via Microsoft Teams.

Clinical All-Team Meeting

Leader: Dr. David Blankenship PhD, LPCC-S  (Email)
Meets: First Friday of the month • 11am–12pm

The Clinical All-Team Meeting (CATM) is a monthly meeting that all clinicians from all sites within the Emerge Counseling family are invited to attend in order to connect and stay updated. At CATMs, we will communicate new policies and procedures, highlight information that might have previously been sent out via email, share what is going on throughout the Emerge Counseling organization, share resources and referrals, and have times of connection and prayer as clinical staff. All clinicians will automatically be invited to attend this meeting.

Teams Open to All Clinicians

The following teams are open and available for any clinicians to participate in. Clinicians are welcome to join and participate in these teams even if it is not a clinical area they are currently practicing in. Please contact the team leader if you are interested in a particular team in order to receive a Microsoft Teams meeting invite through email as well as be added to the email list to stay informed about resources and initiatives from the team.

Trauma Team

Leader: Tish Granville, MS, LPCC-S  (Email)
Meets: Second Friday of the month • 11am–12pm

The Trauma Team is an educational and engaging environment for clinicians who desire to develop and advance skills related to the care of trauma victims across the lifespan, while also fostering resiliency and self-care as a clinician working with the complex needs of survivors. This team endeavors to build competency in the delivery of trauma-informed care, ranging from fundamental to advanced interventions, methods, and approaches. Participants in this team will learn effective ways to integrate biblical theology into various treatment modalities, theories, and every stage of trauma recovery.

Group Therapy Team

Leader: Maribeth Lieberth MA, LPCC  (Email)
Meets: Third Friday of the month • 11am–12pm

The Group Therapy Team meets to discuss current group issues and process challenges group leaders may be experiencing. In addition, our time together includes: assessing need and supporting each other in the development of potential new groups, discussing relevant research and development related to group therapy, sharing resources, and identifying and addressing potential barriers to the success of group therapy at Emerge. You do not have to currently be leading a group therapy client experience to be a part of this team. Any clinician who is interested in learning more or contributing to the growth of Group Therapy programming at Emerge is welcome.

Child & Adolescent Team

Leader: Rachel Kyer, LPC  (Email)
Meets: Fourth Friday of the month • 11am–12pm

The purpose of the Child and Adolescent Therapy Team is to build greater connection, a sense of community and competence for those of us on the team. We do that through our monthly meetings by taking time to check in with one another personally and professionally, spending time in prayer, sharing resources with one another, and having space to consult and share expertise with the team around issues related to treating children and adolescents.

Ministers Enrichment Team (MET)

Leader: Donald Lichi, PhD  (Email)
Meets: Third Friday of the month • 8am–9am

The Ministers Enrichment Team (MET) was formed to support the overall mission and vision of Emerge Counseling Ministries by providing research, resources, teaching, training, treatment, and care for this specialized population. As needs are identified we will provide high quality, timely, and relevant preventative resources that will be readily accessible through various means of distribution.

Ongoing roles and tasks of the MET:

  • Research updates
  • Diversity to include racial, ethnic, gender, and denominational considerations
  • Communication with referring organizations
  • Report writing and recommendations for restoration programs
  • Outreach, workshops, seminars, podcasts, and blog posts with ministers as the target audience
  • Working to bring health to those in ministry (Body, Mind, Emotions, Relationships, Spiritual Formation)
  • Re-examination of and updates of Emerge Counseling core models

Extension Sites Team

Meets: Scheduled Tuesday every other month • 1pm–2pm
2022 Dates: Jan 18, Mar 15, May 17, Jul 19, Sep 20, Nov 15

The purpose of the extension sites team is to create a space for site clinicians to connect, share resources, reduce isolation often experienced when being a solo practitioner in a location, and to discuss procedures and changes to better support clinicians and clients at sites. Our hope is to build a team that is focused on how to reach clients in their unique location while ensuring the quality clinical counseling with sound biblical and theological integration that Emerge is known for continues. Communication and maintaining connectedness throughout the Emerge team is important, and this team aims to help ensure site clinicians always are in the loop on what is happening with the larger Emerge ministry organization.

Education Team

Leader: Dave Blankenship, PhD  (Email)
Meets: Third Friday of the month • 10am–11am

The purpose of the Education Team is to collaboratively plan, develop, and implement educational trainings such as seminars, webinars, and other learning opportunities. These trainings are focused on helping to equip and build up the Emerge Counseling staff, other clinicians, ministry leaders, clients, and other communities both regionally and nationally.

Teams Specific to Clinician-Assigned Work

The following teams are for clinicians who have been assigned to work with specific collaborative projects that Emerge has. Given the nature of the teams and type of consultation that occurs, these teams are only for those assigned clinicians. If you would like to learn more about either of these collaboratives, please contact the team leaders.

HelpLine Team

Leader: Robin Brown, MA, LPCC  (Email)
Meets: First Wednesday of the month • 11:15am–11:45am

The HelpLine provides confidential support to Assemblies of God ministers, missionaries, their spouses, and their children. In the past other denominations have used our services. Assisting a caller may include helping the caller process difficult life circumstances, explore options and problem solving, suggest referrals for ongoing counseling, suggest books that may aid in personal growth and insight, and offer prayer. Those in ministry find it difficult to get the needed support due to the challenges and demands of ministry as well as the public nature of ministry, so being able to share their problems with anonymity is of great benefit. The purpose of our meetings include the following: to build cohesion amongst the team members, to discuss the needs and challenges of the ministry, to look to improve the HelpLine service and to establish uniformity in performing HelpLine counselor duties.