Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Submitted by Jan Roberson
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The West Kentucky Counseling Association (WKCA) met on August 30th at the Murray State University Curris Center. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors from Western Kentucky used this opportunity to discuss and plan actions for the newly vitalized Kentucky Mental Health Counselors Association (KMHCA). The counselors association was enthusiastic about the progress so far in reorganizing KMHCA. A highlight of the meeting was the introduction of new officers in KMHCA who were appointed by KCA Executive Director, Karen Cook. They include Amy Washington, President, and Alan Bakes, President Elect. Jeri Harrell, Treasurer for KMHCA, was not present for the meeting. Officers from other parts of the state include Shanna Goggins, Secretary Technical Coordinator, and Dr. Marie Shafe, Coordinator of Programs and support for other officers. In addition, newly appointed Citizen at Large for theKentucky Board of Professional Counselors, Dr.Sandra Parks, was introduced to the counseling group during their semi-annual meeting. Dr. Parks of Murraywas appointed to this office by Governor Steve Beshear.
The KMHCA members discussed informally new projects and communication outlets for the group. A formal meeting is planned for October 24th at the yearly KCA meeting in Louisville. The Kentucky Board of Professional Counselors will hold a board meeting on October 24 in the morning to discuss possible changes in regulations related to licensed counselors. In addition the board will host a luncheon for all licensed counselors in Kentucky following the board meeting. Again, proposed changes in regulations in the licensure law will be discussed.
As a part of the WKCA meeting, The Bridges counseling group located in Murray, Kentucky presented a program describing different methods of using Play Therapy in working with children and adolescents. The group earned CEU and EILA credits for attending this meeting. The presentation was offered at no cost to the participants and a luncheon was provided by Murray State University at no cost to the organization. This meeting has always been an excellent opportunity for counselors in Western Kentucky to communicate and build relationships. Discussion of the spring meeting of WKCA and WKMHCA at Barkley Lodge was discussed with members considering the types of programs and training that they would like to see. WKMHCA will meet again October 15th to finalize plans for the spring meeting which will offer 6 hours of CEU and EILA for participating counselors. Counselors from any group throughout Kentucky are welcome to participate in the spring WKMHCA meeting to exchange information and gain skills.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Contributor: Diane Reed
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Date: August 23, 2013
KCA is seeking the nominations of outstanding counselors for the annual KCA Awards Program. Nominations are to be made online at www.kyca.org under the EVENTS TAB - Award Nominations - by August 31st.
Your help is needed in locating these special people. Please take a look around you for counselors that are deserving of recognition for their leadership skills, dedication and service to their students and/or clients as well as the profession of counseling. Who do you know that goes above and beyond to meet the needs of others while placing a positive light on the counseling profession?
Nominees must be KCA members and may be nominated in one of the following categories:
- Counselor Educator
- Mental Health or Private Practice Counselor
- School Counselor
- Career Counselor
- Dr. Kearney Campbell Award* (KCA's top award)
More information about the process in available on page 20 in the KCA News, now available on the KCA website at www.kyca.org under the Publication Tab.
Please take a few minutes and nominate a deserving candidate via the quick and easy online nomination process. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated.
Click KCA Awards Nomination Form to access the form now.
Thank you for promoting recognition of outstanding counselors in KCA!
KCA Executive Director
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
We are seeking recommendations from the Kentucky Mental Health Counselors Association for a nominee/representative to be appointed to the KY Board of Licensed Professional Counselors.
- E-mail PDF or Word files to:Kelly.Childers@ky.gov orGeoffrey.Dunn@ky.gov
- Fax to: (502) 564-2647, attention: Kelly Childers/ Geoff Dunn
- Mail to: Geoff Dunn, Executive Director, Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions, 700 Capital Avenue, Suite 132, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
share ideas and discuss organizational structure and bylaws Oct. 23-25, 2013
list and contact tree...... December 2013
full accountability and open disclosure to membership... Spring 2014
opportunities through website.. August 2014
to receive effective and timely communications regarding state-wide
issues, proposals and changes to laws, information on CEU and other
educational opportunities, and a place for regional chapters to share
information about their events and leadership.. August 2014
the governor's office to allow KMHCA to provide the most effective
responsive advocacy possible for Mental Health Professionals
throughout Kentucky......... Ongoing
educational and professional opportunities locally Ongoing
and concerns while also providing timely information pertaining
to Mental Health professionals state-wide......... Ongoing
of members across the state, to include a web presence, conference calls,
E-vents, and web-based voting and registration processes......... Ongoing
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Facilitated by John LaRusch
Members of KMHCA and KCA officials were invited to attend the meeting to discuss the next phase of KMHCA.
John started the meeting by encouraging those attending to identify the positives which the past year had brought about for the profession. Attending counselors reported that regional organizations had been strengthened with most regions developing a complete training conference for the spring of 2013. Also, they indicated that counselors and KMHCA leaders had been networking with each other more.
Next on the agenda, the members were asked to describe the benefits of continuing KMHCA. The following were reported:
1. Professional/Personal Support.
3. Credibility in the community related to state and national affiliation.
4. Connection to national leadership through AMHCA – By-laws and ethics information.
5. Shared experiences – Firsthand experience with other counselors.
6. CEUs available at little or no cost.
The current president, Michael Cornwall will be stepping down April 30th and there are currently no officers serving KMHCA and none have been identified for the coming year.
Karen Cook, Executive Director of Kentucky Counseling Association (KCA) and Susan Patterson, President of KCA, were present representing KCA. John informed the group that all monies for KMHCA were being transferred to KCA as KMHCA is an affiliate of KCA and the organization is currently not functional. The amount of money to be transferred was not indicated. John indicated that the money could be transferred back to KMHCA at a later date should the organization become functional.
John indicated that the KMHCA Blog will be in operation until the current agreement is completed. It may be reinstituted at a later date and currently comments can be posted by calling Michael Cornwall.
John distributed a form to be completed by those attending asking for volunteers to help with reorganizing KMHCA. John stressed that those volunteering should be prepared to offer their time and energy for all projects indicated as it will be important to have everyone enthusiastically involved and ready to work to restart and improve this important organization.
KCA leaders will work with the current KMHCA leaders including regional presidents to determine how KMHCA officers will be chosen for the coming year.
Karen Cook suggested that KMHCA members interested in becoming state level leaders could attend this year’s annual leadership training conducted by KCA in early August.
It was announced that KMHCA has a board which includes the presidents of all regional groups. The board was inactive during the past year.
One member suggested that the KMHCA mission statement should be reworked to describe the purpose of the organization and other members agreed. The current problem is that the by-laws and mission statement for KMHCA cannot be located. WKMHCA used the KMHCA by-laws and mission statement to develop their own documents and this may be a method of retrieving the KMHCA documents.
John LaRusch indicated that he has offered to act as liaison in reorganizing KMHCA, but that he would not seek and would not accept the office of president.
Those with questions or suggestions my reach John LaRusch at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Cook at Karen.Cook.KCA@gmail.com. Ms. Cook’s phone number is 606-685-6009.
In relation to WKMHCA and this information, Karen Cook reported that she does not have a current slate of officers for our group. I am sure this has been forwarded to the current leaders because I personally sent a copy myself at one time. Karen and I discussed the confusion about our organizational make-up and I referred her to the current officers of WKMHCA, specifically Amy Washington, our current president. There is some confusion about the counties making up the western region and Ms. Cook mentioned that it might be advisable to consider combining and renaming Regions 1 and 2 since they both include counties currently being served by WKMHCA.
I shared with the group attending this meeting some of the positive approaches we have instituted in W. Ky. including working to include younger counselors in planning and leadership positions. It was suggested that W. Ky. Counselors might be of help to KMHCA by sharing these examples of activities directed at building membership and including counseling students and younger counselors in WKMHCA. I suggested that we might work with Dr. Samir Patel of Murray State University in initiating these activities as he is currently president of Kentucky Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Everyone in attendance agreed that this has been a very difficult year for KMHCA and its affiliates, but the group attending the Lake Cumberland meeting gained support for making the efforts needed to reorganize and strengthen this important organization.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
20 people in attendance (see registration list)
1. Annual dues increased to $10.
2. Discussed two year terms for officers. Amy Yates moved to keep this the same as in our bylaws. Therefore, current officers would continue one more year of service. Dan Bondurant seconded the motion.
3. Discussed affiliation and possible revision of bylaws. A copy of the current bylaws was given to each attendee. Jan Roberson moved to keep bylaws the same and continue the discussion in the fall as we learn about new leadership at the state level. Jeri Harrell seconded the motion.
KMHCA is part of KCA. KMHCA regions changed last year and our group's geography does not fit the new definition. WKMHCA includes part of Region One and part of Region Two currently.
4. Treasury report: Balance was $1903.03 as of July 25, 2012. Registration fees have not yet been deposited from today's event. Janey Collins moved to accept treasury report. Jeri Harrell seconded.
5. Amy Washington encouraged continued use of the yahoo group (wkmhca@yahoogroups).
6. September minutes were read. Amy Washington moved to accept and Carol Harmon seconded.
7. New business: Judy Bradley gave a report about the LPCC Board. The LPCC board is changing membership. There is an at-large member on the board now from Western Kentucky.
The board is discussing limiting the number of supervisees allowed under one supervisor, having professionals take the NCE exam for LPCA and NMHCE for LPCC, using only LPCC's as supervisors (rather than LMFT, LCSW, LPP), and offering specialty licenses in areas such as play therapy, addictions, and supervision.
8. People are encouraged to respond to the KCA email that requested persuasive letters be sent about regulations that would exclude LPCC's from working at federally funded centers.
9. Motion to close the meeting was made by Dan Bondurant and seconded by Diane Reed.
The conference provided 9 CEU/EILA hours for professionals with a morning session on Attachment Theory and Mental Health Significance, an afternoon session on Promoting Healthy Attachments in Older Children and an evening session certifying LPCC's to provide supervision to LPCA's.