Areas of Expertise
I have a passion for incorporating the natural world; including animals, gardening, wilderness experience and creation/native cultural spirituality into the process of healing through clinical mental health counseling. My research interests focus on exploring the efficacy of experiential, animal assited and nature based therapetuic interventions in both the clinical setting and the graduate school classroom. Additionally, a related focus is determining the intersections where traditional clinical counseling theories can be applied and enhanced through experiential, animal and nature based therapeutic approaches.
Ed. D. Counseling Psychology - Counselor Education & Supervision
Argosy University - American School of Professional Psychology
M. Ed. Community Agency Counseling
B.S. Business Education
University of South Florida
Dr. Taylor is a Licenced Mental Health Counselor (MH14971) in Florida and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC0003048) in Georgia. She is a Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor (69) and a National Board Certified Counselor (504673). She holds a Georgia Professional Teaching Certificate in School Counseling . She and her K-9 partner, Eli, are registered with the AKC and the Pet Partners Program as a Therapy Dog/Handler Team. Dr. Taylor is registered with the Yoga Aliance as a Registerd Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with specialized training in yoga for general mental health and trauma treatment.
Prior to joining the faculty at UNF, Dr. Taylor has served for 20 years of clinical practice in numerous administrative and clinical positions working to expand high quality clinical care to under served populations in rural Georgia. She is a nationally recognized expert in Human-Animal Interaction and Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling. Her practice specialties have included working with experientially with children and adolescents who have experienced sexual trauma and those who additionally became sexual offenders. In a related capacity, she provided forensic interviewing/offender risk assessment and expert testimony in cases involving child abuse for both Georgia and Florida Superior Courts.
Dr. Taylor has served as an expert witness on legislative matters in the State of Georgia successfuly advocating for expanded privleges for Licensed Professional Counselors and for legislation aimed to increase safety and limit access of sexual offenders to children. Dr. Taylor maintains a small private practice in Florida working with her canine parter and a therapeutic farm based practice in Georgia helping children, adults and families from a holistic perspective to improve their overall quality of life.
2016 Regional Directors Award Magellan Healthcare, Inc., NSB/Kingsbay, GA
2013 Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Professional of the Year PATH Intl., Annual Conference, Denver, CO
2011 St. Mary's Citizen of the Year, Awarded by the St. Mary's Police Department for extraordinary service to officers during mental health emergencies, St. Mary's, GA
2010 Distinguished Woman to Watch, Camden County, Georgia Awarded by the Tribune & Georgian, St. Mary's, GA.
2002 Georgia Licensed Professional Counselor of the Year Awarded by the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Annual Conference, Savannah, GA
1992 National Future Business Teacher of Year - Awarded by the National Association of Business Educators Annual Business Education Conference, Chicago, IL
1992 Florida Future Business Teacher of the Year - Awarded by the Florida Business Education Association Annual Business Education Conference, Orlando, FL
1991 Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education University of South Florida Chapter, Tampa, FL
Memberships & Leadership in Professional Associations:
Association for Creativity in Counseling, American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA
Therapeutic Horsemanship Industry Alliance Task Force, American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo, TX
Board of Directors Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Assoc., Atlanta, GA - Coastal District Representative
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA
PATH Intl. Board of Trustees, Denver, CO
Clinical Member, Psychiatric Service Dog Society
Georgia State Chair, PATH Intl., Denver, CO
AQHA Therapeutic Riding Task Force, Amarillo, TX Member, EFMHA Board of Directors, Denver, CO
Chair, Standards and Ethics Committee, EFMHA, Denver, CO
North American Riding for the Handicap/PATH Intl. Denver, CO
Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association (EFMHA) Denver, CO
Special Community Service Projects:
Clinical Consultant, Farm of the Child, Trujillo, Honduras - Sexual Safety Consultation, Sexual Trauma & Offender Treatment Protocols, Behavior Modification, Clinical Staff Development
Clinical Consultant, Camden House, Inc., St. Marys, GA Domestic Violence Shelter & Program - Organizational Development, Policies & Procedures, Regulatory Compliance, Clinical Staff Development, Intern Supervision
Chair, Terminology & Scope of Practice Task Force Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT) Industry Alliance, sponsored by Colorado State University, AQHA & PATH Intl., Fort Collins, CO
Post Certified Crisis Intervention Educator - Georgia Bureau of Investigation/Law Enforcement P.O.S.T - CIT Officer Certification Program
Grants and Contracts Awarded
Taylor, C. (2015) $5,000. Implementation of an Animal Assisted Therapy Social Skills Group for Children. Plumb Creek Foundation, Seattle, WA
Taylor, C. (2014). $75,000. Expansion of psychiatric services to a high need community through recruitment of a Psychiatric APRN. St. Mary's United Methodist Foundation, St. Mary's, GA
Tayor, C. & Roth, L. (2012). $100,000. Community Crisis Assessment Services providing on-call coverage for the Camden County, Georgia Emergency Department & research efficacy of having Professional Counselors in Emergency Departments. Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, GA
Taylor, C. (1994). $25,000. Operation C.A.R.R.O.T Children at Risk Reaching Out Together - Georgia Department of Human Resources, Atlanta, GA
Taylor, C., Crow, P. & Kerr, B. (1994). $50,000. MorningStar Baptist Treatment Services - In-home family therapy expansion in West Georgia Area. Georgia Department of Human Resources, Atlanta, GA
Publications & Presentations
Taylor, C. (2018). Combing through ADHD symptoms with mindfulness meditation and grooming. In Trotter, K. & Baggerly, J. (2018). Equine assisted therapy activities for counselors: Harnessing solutions to common problems. NY:NY, Taylor & Francis.
Ed. D. Dissertation
Taylor, C. (2012, June). AQHA -PATH Intl- Colorado State University therapeutic horsemanship industry summit program evaluation. (Doctoral Dissertation, defended 12/2011), Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ,
Taylor, C. (2012). Everyone gets along in the barnyard: Farm based animal assisted therapy curriculum for social skill development in children. LightHorse Healthcare, Inc., St. Mary' s, GA (self-published)
Coche', J. & Taylor, C. (2012). Therapy dog primer: A handbook for AAT professionals. The Coche Center, Philadelphia, PA. (self-published)
Taylor, C. (2010). Spirit horse journey: Equine facilitated mental health psycho education curriculum. LightHorse Healthcare, Inc., St. Mary's, GA (self published).
Taylor, C. (2008). Cisco 's gift: The gift of healing through horsemanship- Professional training manual for intensive professional workshop. Running Horse Farm, Warm Springs, GA. (self-published).
Gill, C., Crews, T. & Taylor, C. (2015, May). Clinical supervision models & practices. Chord of Three CPCS Training Series sponsored by the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Waycross, GA
Taylor, C. (2013, June). Trauma informed care in domestic violence shelter services. Camden House, Inc. Annual Staff & Board Development Retreat, Kingsland, GA.
Taylor, C. (2013, June). Non-profit board roles & responsibilities. Camden House, Inc. Annual Staff & Board Development Retreat.
Taylor, C. (2013, November) Six pillars of behavior modification for emotional and moral development for youth in residential care. Annual Staff Training Retreat, Farm of the Child, Trujillo, Honduras
Taylor, C. (2012). Elephants in the round pen: Unspoken roadblocks to sustainability in the therapeutic horsemanship industry. Professional report and presentation based upon dissertation research findings for the American Quarter Horse Association Annual Convention, Dallas, TX.
Taylor, C. (2012, May). Sexual safety in residential child care institutions. Social Services Conference of Honduras, Farm of the Child, Trujillo, Honduras.
Taylor, C. (2011, May). Private practice management in equine facilitated psychotherapy. AQHA, PATH Intl., Colorado State Therapeutic Horsemanship Industry Summit, Ft. Collins, CO.
Taylor, C. (2009, May). Crisis Intervention in Camden County: Current Conditions. NAMI Crisis Intervention Class, St. Mary's Police Department, St. Mary's, GA
Taylor, C. (2008, July). Crisis intervention in Camden County: A overview of the needs and challenges in the local community. NAMI Crisis Intervention Class, St. Mary's Police Department, St. Mary's, GA
Taylor, C. (2017, May). Foundations in clinical supervision. Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.
Taylor, C. & Roth, L., (2013, June). Counseling military families: What counselors & supervisors need to know now. Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.
Taylor, C. (2011, May). Incorporating the power of the horse into the outpatient psychotherapy practice. Annual Meeting of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.
Taylor, C. (2011, June). More on incorporating the power of the horse into outpatient psychotherapy: Post conference experiential workshop. Regional Workshop for the Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Big Bear Farm, Pine Mountain, GA.
Taylor, C. & McCue, M. (2009, March). The way of the horse: An introduction to equine facilitated psychotherapy. Georgia Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy Association Regional Workshop, St. Mary's, GA.
Taylor, C. & Gamer, C. (2008, October). Cisco 's gift: The gift of healing through horsemanship. Professional Intensive Workshop presented at Running Horse Farm, Warm Springs, GA
Taylor, C. (2007, March). Therapeutic horsemanship: An alternative for the unwanted horse. Pre-conference workshop for the Annual Convention of the American Quarter Horse Association, St. Louis, MO.
Taylor, C. & Gamer, C. (2002, February). Developing the cooperative partnership between therapists and therapeutic riding instructors. Horsepower Conference, Temple, NH.
Taylor, C. (2001, May). Equine facilitated psychotherapy: A new and innovative approach to treatment of children in residential care. Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA.
Taylor, C. (2001, February). Ethical billing practices for equine facilitated psychotherapy. Horsepower Conference, Temple, NH.
Taylor, C. (1998, January). Effective use of Julia Cameron's artist’s way: A creative tool in psychotherapy. Journey into Wholeness, Winter Conference, Hendersonville, NC.
Taylor, C. (1998, April). Clinical supervision models in the residential childcare setting. Spring Conference of the Georgia Associations of Homes & Services to Children, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
Teaching Experience - University of North Florida
MHS 6930 ST: Animal Assisted Therapy: Theory & Practice
MHS 6510 Group Counseling
MHS 6401 CMHC in Community Settings
MHS 6486 Human Development Across the Life Span
MHS 6930 ST: Creativity in Counselng (Spring 2018)