Western Region Director

Karen Langer, M.Ed., LMHC


Professional Experience

  • Counseling Center Director, City University of Seattle, Seattle, WA (1998-present). Manage all administrative aspects for community counseling center serving low-income clients. Work closely with Core Faculty to supervise all Practicum students in the CACREP approved MA Counseling program.
    • Additional responsibilities include oversight of the university Title IX program, Career Services and Disability Support Services
  • Executive Director, COPE/PASAR Tucson, AZ (1989-1992).
    • Assistant Director (1988-1989)

Responsible for all administrative aspects including funding, contracting, staff supervision, and employment procedures; Worked collaboratively with community agencies, probation, and parole to coordinate care and maximize services to the client population.

  • Programs included Outpatient, Residential and outreach programs for the seriously mentally ill, and substance use disordered clients.
  • Clinical Supervisor, PASAR, Tucson, AZ (1985-1988)

Supervised and evaluated all counseling staff; worked closely with the agency director in many administrative duties; carried an active caseload consisting largely of clients referred from the criminal justice system.

  • Outpatient Counselor, PASAR, Tucson, AZ (1984-1985)

Provided various counseling and substance abuse services including intake procedures, assessments, treatment planning, group, couples and individual counseling.


Association Experience

Worked collaboratively and developed relationships with constituents for the enhancement of the profession, growth of the association and clinical best practice. Contributed to and assisted in the advancement of Clinical Mental Health Counseling through service to the profession.

  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
    • Past-president 2013-2014
    • President 2012-2013
    • President-elect 2011-2012
    • Western Region Director 2008-2011
    • Professional Development Chair 2007-2008
    • Committee Member
      • AMHCA Clinical Standards Task Force
      • AMHCA Advancement of Clinical Practice Committee 2007-present (formerly Professional Development Committee)
    • Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA)
      • President 2003-2008
      • President-elect 2002-2003
      • President-emeritus



I am passionate about serving the AMHCA members who live in the West. The Western Region chapters are active in building coalitions, passing legislation in their states, offering outstanding continuing education events, and promoting Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I want to build on this foundation to create new excitement and added opportunities for members of our profession.

The Region Director serves the members by sponsoring initiatives representing the region as a member of the AMHCA Board of Directors,. This includes representing the interests, needs and concerns of mental health counselors in the Western Region and serving as a liaison between the state chapters and the national organization. The Western Region is a long distance from the national leadership. 

It is easy to feel left out and unheard so it is imperative that we have a voice for the west. We must work towards the goals of the national organization while also uniting the region and supporting the regional goals developed collaboratively with the chapter leaders.  Strength comes from sharing our collective wisdom to work towards our goals and build our own state chapters. 

Simply stated, my goal as the Western Region Director is to represent the interests of our members and work towards advancing our profession.