By Nicolas Reynolds
Faculty member in Regent University’s School of Psychology and Counseling, Kathie Erwin Ed.D. received The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (GCAT) Lifetime Achievement award at Florida Mental Health Counselors Conference held in February 2020.
The award was presented by Dr. Benjamin Keyes, executive director of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and affirmed by the founder, Dr. Charles Figley.
The GCAT affirmed Erwin’s notable work “advancing state-of-the-art treatment and healing survivors of trauma.” She was also acknowledged for contributing richly to the field of geriatric healing and recovery.
Erwin has led an esteemed career in psychotherapy, receiving prestigious accolades such as the Outstanding Leadership and Vision Award from Eckerd College Alumni Association. She is also a Certified Field Traumatologist and Field Trainer with Green Cross Academy, having led teams in India, Trinidad and Romania.
Reflecting on Erwin’s professional qualities, Keyes noted, “When looking to those who have actively contributed to the field of trauma, Dr. Erwin’s work undeniably warranted the award. She represents the best in providing services to people in need and training those in the community.”
Keyes also acknowledged Regent’s commitment to trauma and response: “It has always been a part of Regent’s mission — integrating what has been learned and depositing it back into the community as a positive force for God,” he said.
Erwin speaks highly of the work she has done in tandem with Green Cross Academy of Traumatology: “As a Green Cross Academy of Traumatology Field Leader I have the opportunity to train graduate counseling students in real-life psychological first aid and trauma counseling.” She also seeks to enhance her students’ multicultural counseling skills.
Erwin’s professional experience includes private practice, developing group programs for older adults and Alzheimer’s patients in assisted living facilities, clinical supervision, as well as writing and presenting continuing education courses for mental health professionals.
She is a prolific author, with particular focus on topics of aging and gerontology. Erwin’s personal journey of health restoration also prompted her to pursue health coaching and education.
About the School of Psychology & Counseling
The School of Psychology & Counseling is one of a handful of Christian institutions offering programs accredited by both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Additionally, the school’s Psy.D. match rate is 20% higher than the national average. Known for delivering award-winning programs, students are taught by acclaimed faculty who integrate the science of human behavior with faith-based principles. The school offers both online and on campus degrees including M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. in School Counseling, M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling, M.A. in Pastoral Counseling, M.A. in Human Services, M.S. in Psychology, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision, and Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies.
About Regent University
Founded in 1978, Regent University has nearly 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a Christian perspective in 135+ program areas including business, communication, the arts, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare, and psychology. Currently, Regent University is ranked among top national universities by U.S. News & World Report and is one of only 22 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.