Behavioral Health Services of Arkansas

Calvin Jermaine Kirklin, LAC, NCCClinical Therapist/Outpatient School-Based

Calvin Jermaine Kirklin, LAC, NCC

Calvin has a wide variety of interests and practice areas including but not limited to clinical mental health, school-based, addictions and dependency, working with children and adolescents, depression, grief, chronically/terminally ill, corrections and offenders, couples and family therapy, counselor education, and career development.

He received both his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degrees from Henderson State University. He is currently working on obtaining his PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from University of the Cumberlands located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. He began counseling as a practicum student at a residential care facility in 2016. He has worked with juveniles, adults, veterans, sex offenders, and individuals with substance abuse problems. Calvin has been with BHSA since October 2017. He describes his experience with BHSA as “amazing and wonderful” and stated that he loves interacting with the teachers and students, and shares that he enjoys getting the chance to help students with their everyday problems that they may be experiencing at home and school. He is a member of the Minority Fellowship Program through the National Board for Certified Counselors, the American Counseling Association, and the Arkansas Counseling Association. When discussing his own work, he shared: “Cloe Madanes, world-renowned innovator and teacher of family and strategic therapy and one of the originators of the strategic approach to family therapy, said,

“Psychotherapy is the art of finding the angel of hope in the midst of terror, despair and madness.” This quote is the basis of how I practice. I believe that as a therapist, it is my job and duty to help the client see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope contains the belief that by seeking some sort of help, assistance, or outside influence, change is possible. While practicing, I use an integrated treatment model that includes Reality Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.”