Bre Banks, PhD – Director of Clinical Education

Bre Banks

Dr. Bre Banks is the Director of Clinical Education for Centerstone’s Research Institute. Leveraging her training as a counselor educator, clinical mental health counselor, and researcher, Banks leads a team of clinical education specialists in the “translation of science to service” through development, deployment, and evaluation of novel clinical education and training strategies and products. A core part of her work is in the leadership of the Centerstone Center for Simulation in Behavioral Health, or the “SIM Center,” the nation’s first community-based simulation training center for behavioral health providers.

Banks began her tenure with Centerstone’s Research Institute in 2010 as a Research Associate within the Program Evaluation department. Since then, she has served in research, evaluation, and training roles on federal grants totaling more than $19 million. Her research and clinical expertise lies primarily within suicide prevention and intervention, including the development and implementation of cross-cultural treatment and simulation training for suicide-specific evidence-based psychotherapies. Banks has provided treatment and psychotherapy in a variety of clinical contexts, including inpatient and outpatient community behavioral health centers, schools, and juvenile justice settings. Bre has also held several academic appointments in counseling and counselor education masters and doctoral programs, and currently maintains partnerships with the University of Tennessee, Johns Hopkins University, and Rocky Vista University.

Banks maintains active participation in several professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the American Association of Suicidology, where she is a regular presenter at annual conferences. She is also a member of the International Dialectical Behavior Therapy Strategic Planning Consortium. During her doctoral studies at the University of Tennessee, Banks was selected as a chancellor’s fellow.

Banks earned a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and Supervision from the University of Tennessee, a master’s of arts in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University, and a bachelor’s of arts from the University of Tennessee.

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