I have a passion for our profession of clinical mental health counseling and helping the clients that we serve and, if elected, I would be honored to be your next Director-At-Large. I have a unique set of experiences, knowledge, and skills to help fulfill AMHCA’s mission to enhance the profession of clinical mental health counseling through advocacy, education, and collaboration as illustrated by my experience outlined below.
My career has been wide-ranging from working in the corporate world, primarily in middle and executive management capacities, to clinical work, to teaching, and to leadership positions in non-profit organizations. As a clinical mental health counselor I have been an outpatient therapist, an employee assistance program clinician, and an emergency psychiatric services clinician conducting emergency psychiatric evaluation in emergency rooms.
Besides my clinical skills, I have organizational, leadership, and strong fiscal management skills developed managing multi-million dollar operations and budgets in my corporate management roles. Additionally, my experience at Boston University as a professor, internship coordinator and Director of the Masters in Counseling Program would be beneficial in supporting AMHCA’s mission.
I have been deeply involved in state and national associations. On a state level, I have held the elected positions of student representative, secretary, president, and scholarship chairperson for the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association (MaMHCA). I also held the staff position of Associate Executive Director. In my MaMHCA roles, I was involved in advocacy as a member of a number of insurance advisory boards; as a gubernatorial appointee to the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Integration Task Force; testifying at the Massachusetts state legislature regarding health care issues, etc. Additionally, I served on the Massachusetts Mental Health Coalition where I worked collaboratively with members of various professional associations and consumer organizations to successfully support mental health initiatives and legislation in Massachusetts.
Nationally, I have served on AMHCA’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee. Additionally, I am a founding member and current past-president of the national Council for Masters in Counseling Training Programs (CMCTP). CMCTP’s primary purpose is to foster the advancement of education in Master’s-level counselor training programs.
I have three primary goals:
- Strengthen and grow both AMHCA and the state associations. As part of this goal, it is imperative to ensure AMHCA’s short and long term financial stability. This strengthening and growth support the following goals.
- Work with state associations to address state regulations regarding portability and scope of practice issues. These are critical steps in continuing our fight for recognition and equality on national programs such as Medicare, VA, etc. In regards to portability, I support AMHCA’s, the American Association of State Counseling Boards’, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision’s, and the National Board for Certified Counselors’ proposed uniform portability plan called the National Counselor Licensure Endorsement Process which has an inclusive perspective on educational preparation which I have long advocated for.
- Achieve Medicare recognition. This is critical for both the profession and for the availability and accessibility of services for our clients.