I am honored to extend an invitation to you to join American Mental Health Counselors Association’s elite delegation on a professional exchange in South Africa. The purpose of the delegation is to meet with our South African counterparts to learn about the challenges and advances in mental health care delivery at all levels in South Africa. As President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, I am honored to have been selected to lead this delegation and invite you to join me in this unique opportunity.
The goals of the delegation and initial topics of discussion for the meetings and site visits have been preliminarily identified as the following:
· Comprehensive overview on South Africa’s post-apartheid life and mental health policy
· How South Africa integrate’s mental health into their healthcare system
· Ongoing research on mental healthcare, trauma and neuroscience, as influenced by the history of apartheid
· The HIV Crisis and Intersection of Mental Health and HIV/AIDS
· Addiction and Substance abuse
· Issues of violence and terrorism and their relation to mental health care services
Delegates will participate in professional meetings and site visits each day; the interests and composition of the team will determine the final meetings and topics for discussion. Please see the attached Preliminary Schedule of Activities.
The estimated cost per delegation member is $3,995. This cost includes group ground transportation (excluding airport transfers), meeting planning, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, admission to cultural activities, gratuities, and essentially all other costs associated with participation.
For those interested in having a guest join you in South Africa during the professional delegation, Professionals Abroad will arrange a guest program offering accommodation, transfers (excluding airport transfers), cultural activities, gratuities, and dinners with the delegates.
This delegation will convene in Cape Town, South Africa on February 19, 2018 and will return to the United States on February 25, 2018. In country travel arrangements will be arranged through our cooperation with Professionals Abroad, a division of Academic Travel Abroad. Please refer to the program overview for program details including cost, guest travel, and a sample itinerary. If you have any additional questions regarding the delegation, please contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 877.298.9677.
For U.S. citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. You should consult with a tax advisor to determine if tax deductibility is applicable to you.
Due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or click here [link hyperlink] to be directed to your enrollment website. You can also visit www.professionalsabroad.org and search for your delegation using “American Mental Health Counselors Association.” A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team. In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your participation.
I believe that this opportunity will be both personally and professionally rewarding and I am pleased to be involved in this exciting opportunity. I strongly encourage you to consider participating in the American Mental Health Counselors Association Delegation to South Africa.
Suzanne L. Walker
Suzanne L. Walker, MS, CCMHC, LCAS, LPC
AMHCA Current Past President