John Tyler football coach, trauma counselor winners of first Monarch Awards

John Tyler football coach, trauma counselor winners of first Monarch Awards

Released by the 1 in 3 Foundation:

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - John Tyler High School football Coach Ricklan Holmes and Smith County trauma counselor Brenda McBride, LCSW have been named the first-ever recipients of the 1 in 3 Foundation’s Monarch Awards.

The 1 in 3 Foundation created the Monarch Award to recognize individuals from Smith County who have demonstrated outstanding work to end sexual violence, raise awareness on behalf of sexual trauma survivors or have shown excellence in providing healing and care for survivors. Annually, the award will be presented to a man and woman in Smith County that has worked to end sexual violence.

(Source: 3 in 1 Foundation)

Brenda McBride is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Brain Gym instructor, Registered Parent Educator, TBRI practitioner, and EMDR Certified Clinician that is among one of only seven providers in the state of Texas that is certified in Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). Brenda currently leads a weekly PTSD Support Group for Sexual Trauma Survivors for the 1 in 3 Foundation. Brenda also performs individual, group, marital, and family therapy to adults, children, and adolescents, many of whom are sexual trauma survivors or have been impacted directly by behaviors related to coping with trauma. Brenda also provides mental health training and has served on multiple mental health expert panels regarding mental health issues in the east Texas Community. She has provided recent trainings for the 1 in 3 Foundation, Texas EMS Alliance, Texas Association of Directors of Volunteer Services, East Texas Crisis Intervention Stress Management Team, City of Palestine Fire Department and Police department, Smith County Peace Officers Association and The Leadership Academy. In addition to her work with sexual trauma survivors, Brenda also created the “Helping our Heroes” PTSD Warrior Peer Group.

(Source: 3 in 1 Foundation)

Ricklan Holmes is currently the head football coach and athletic coordinator for the John Tyler Lions. In 2017, Ricklan gathered captains from the boy’s athletic teams of John Tyler to attend a workshop hosted by the 1 in 3 Foundation and the Washington, D.C. organization Men Can Stop Rape. Coach Holmes encouraged his players’ participation in the Where Do You Stand? workshop that addressed bystander intervention, healthy masculinity and social and emotional learning for high school boys. Coach Holmes also participated as a storyteller in the 1 in 3 Foundation’s What Does Healthy Masculinity Mean to You? town hall conversation, also presented in conjunction with Men Can Stop Rape.

The 1 in 3 Foundation accepted nominations from the community for the award over the last month. The awards will be presented during the luncheon of the 2019 Evolve Women’s Conference slated for March 7 at the UT Tyler Ornelas Activity Center. Evolve is hosted by the 1 in 3 Foundation and proceeds from the conference will benefit the nonprofit organization’s survivor programs.

The 1 in 3 Foundation is a Smith County-based nonprofit organization that provides healing, recovery resources and support for adult women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault.

The Evolve Women’s Conference is presented by the Texas Pioneer Foundation and by the UT Tyler Student Counseling Center in support of the 1 in 3 Foundation. Registration for Evolve ends on March 4. To register or learn more visit www.evolvewomensconference.com or www.1in3foundation.org.