North Atlantic Region Director

Ellen V. A. Papanikolaou

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Professional Experience
• Managing Partner, Novus Vita Counseling, Pllc 1/2012 – Present
• Sole Proprietor, Ellen V. A. Papanikolaou, Pllc 1/2007 – 12/2011
• Adjunct Professor, Southern NH University 1/2013 – Present
• SNHU Counseling Services 11/2009 – 3/2012
• Adjunct Professor, Rivier University 7/2011 – 12/2012
• Adjunct Professor, NHTI 9/2008 – 12/2012
• Emergency Services Clinician, Manchester Mental Health 7/2004 – 2/2008
• Several years of management and PR experience in a corporate Environment. 6/1987 – 7/2004

Association Experience
Member of the NH Mental Health Counselors’ Association since its inception in 1997. As a student member I served on the Publications and Ethics Committees. As a professional member I have attended 5 of the last 6 leadership workshops, at the AMHCA National Conference, and have held the following positions for my state chapter:
• President
• President Elect
• Treasurer
• Publications Chair
• Ethics Chair
• Publications and Public Awareness
• Who’s Who in American Women, 1999
• Production Manager of Miss New Hampshire/Miss America Scholarship Pageant
• Former Member Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

As a member of the AMHCA I served on the following committees:
• Public Awareness
• 21st Century

It is an honor to be North Atlantic Regional Director. I have worked diligently to be an active member of both my state and national associations. Over the years I have worked closely with the North Atlantic Region on initiatives that are important to our profession such as Medicare Reimbursement and Portability. I am committed to continuing these efforts as well as identifying and supporting the concerns of states within the region I would be serving. My goal is to increase communication throughout the region and thereby enhance our standing with the national organization. I am deeply committed to our profession and have a passion for the profession as well as you, the members of our national association.

As an extraordinarily active member for over 20 years I have attended numerous legislative meetings with senators, congressmen and women, and other elected officials to continue working towards integration of care, improved insurance reimbursement as well as the overall integrity and name recognition of our profession. I have also supported the AMHCA through academic outreach and presentations at universities and colleges statewide.

Additional Publications and Presentations
I have in excess of 20 formal presentation in the area of mental health, management and communications. Two presentations that I would like to highlight include:
An Integrated Model of Mental Health Care, New Hampshire Behavioral Health Conference, New Hampshire Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors Association, Grand Summit Resort and Conference Center. (2016)

Supervisory Training Workshop to qualify as a state approved clinical supervisor for licensure candidates. (2016)

In addition I have supported community events, specifically the Governors’ Summit on Drug Abuse. The NHMHCA provided CE’s as well as manned a table to educate other professionals on the value of mental health counseling while also educating them on the validity and integrity of our profession.