Dr. Marisa White, associate professor in the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences at Argosy University, Nashville will receive the prestigious Outstanding Mental Health Professional Award from Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee at its 2017 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon on June 19.
At the same awards ceremony, 2015 Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate Lisa Corbin and her husband Michael will receive the Clifford Beers Award for their work in advocacy for mental health care. Clifford Beers is the founder of the modern day mental health movement. He established the International Committee for Mental Hygiene in 1931, known today as the World Federation for Mental Health. Beers courageously shared his own experience with mental illness in his autobiography, “A Mind That Found Itself.” This renowned book opened the nation’s eyes to the mistreatment of people with mental illness and led to the creation of modern treatment methods for mental health disorders. Because of his humility, courage and vision, the creation of the National Mental Health Association (now known as Mental Health America) was realized— revolutionizing and changing people’s attitudes and misconceptions regarding mental illness and its proper diagnoses and management.