Dylesia Barner is independently licensed as an Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Alabama and Tennessee. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Norfolk State University in 2013 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Old Dominion University in 2011. Some of Dylesia’s clinical experience includes work with adults, couples, families, and youth as an in-home therapist, private practice psychotherapist, assessment counselor, group therapist, and bereavement counselor. Her research interests include interventions with spiritual abuse victims.

Dylesia is a member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women, the Order of the Eastern Star – Prince Hall Affiliation, and the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Professionally, Dylesia belongs to the American Counseling Association and the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Virginia Counseling Association.

Dylesia enjoys program development, grant writing, and motivational/public speaking. During her time at Old Dominion University, she founded the Black Student Events Board (BSEB), which hosted the University’s first Activity After Hour event, a spinoff of the school’s weekly lunchtime Activity Hour. The event involved collaboration with student organizations from other local universities, including Norfolk State University and Hampton University, and featured a talent showcase and a Greek organization stroll-off. Recently, Dylesia has collaborated with colleagues to win two grants totaling $750 from the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA) and the American Counseling Association Foundation (ACAF) which will be used to implement a puppetry program for foster care children in Chambers County, Alabama. Dylesia has used her personal and professional experiences and knowledge to present at several professional aand community events since 2012, including Former U.S. Ambassador Bismarck Myrick’s 11th Annual Thanksgiving Event in Portsmouth, VA, the 1st T.R.U.S.T., Inc. Servant Leadership Conference in Norfolk, VA in 2013, and the International Cultic Studies Association’s 2017 Conference in Bordeaux, France. She has also received several honors and awards, including being featured as an Outstanding Alumna in Monarch, Old Dominion University’s Alumni magazine.

Dylesia’s hobbies include reading, writing, and spending time with her husband, close friends, and family. She published her first book, Encouragement at Your Fingertips: 365 Days of Inspiration, a compilation of original inspiration quotes, in 2012. Dylesia accredits her current, past, and future successes to her relationship with God and the support of her husband, Nigel. Click the following links for more insight on Dylesia’s professional experience,  motivational speaking experience, and event development experience.