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Tonia Spaulding joins BPC as director of counseling
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s newest member of the Office of Student Affairs considers herself “blessed.”
Tonia Spaulding, director of counseling, has been on campus since October and already she feels she’s been able to make a difference in the lives of the students she serves.
“It has been very rewarding, mentally and spiritually,” said Spaulding. “Just being able to watch various kids walk in (to my office) one way and walk out another, to be able to journey with these young men and women inside their hearts. It’s been very rewarding for those who have invited me in.”
“The challenge with each student is the invitation to each student’s world,” she continued. “Every time I get a new client, or student, I have a new challenge.”
Dean of Student Affairs Sherrie Helms is “very excited to have Mrs. Spaulding as part of our Student Affairs team. Her personality brings an openness and warm atmosphere to the counseling center. She has become very active on campus through many organizations and campus activities, and she has shown a true Christian love for the students and campus.”
Spaulding believes that “everything I’ve done (professionally) over the years has prepared me for this position now. I’ve been able to help build and assist lives.”
Before coming to BPC, Spaulding was a case manager for St. Joseph/Candler Source out of Baxley. There she helped area residents receive the services needed so they could remain in their homes and not be put in a nursing home or assisted care facility.
“I worked with the mentally ill, the blind, aged and disabled,” she explains.
She has also performed behavior modifications for mentally-impaired clients in nursing homes with Mental Health Management, based in Atlanta. She also owned her own counseling business, Family Pathways, for two years based in the central south Georgia counties of Appling, Telfair, Wheeler, Treutlen, Toombs, Jeff Davis and Wilcox. The company performed assessments on children in the foster care system in the State of Georgia.
Spaulding holds a bachelor of psychology degree and a master’s degree in mental health counseling, both from Fort Valley State University.
She is married to Robert Moses Spaulding II from McRae. They live in Dublin. She is a native of Dahlonega.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.