AMHCA ELECTION: Candidate for Midwest Region Director
Anita Walker, LPC, LMFT
I am very proud to be considered a candidate for the Midwest Region director for the American Mental Health Counseling Association. My experience at the state and national level has prepared me to offer the Midwest Region new ideas and ways of creating stronger state organizations, with strong ties to the
American Mental Health Counseling Association.
- I was executive director for the Oklahoma Counseling Association for more than five years.
- I’m now executive director for the Oklahoma Mental Health Counseling Association, and we have succeed in building a strong leadership team with a large financial base in order to help our members with statewide TV and radio advertising. We have two yearly conferences on Ethics and Supervision topics, even bringing in national speakers for a second day of education. These conferences have been a great source of revenue as well as building a strong membership.
- At the national level, I was privileged to be elected to the ACA Governing Council and chair of the Midwest for ACA.
- I am now working in private practice with a Christian group of counselors as well as working with psychiatrists at another clinic where we have research grants. I continue to do volunteer work by speaking and coordinating free programs for clients who need to rebuild in a group setting. In churches, I have led educationalprograms on parent support, drug and alcohol prevention, and setting boundaries in relationships.
- I was director of counseling for the Oklahoma City Public Schools and the crisis invention coordinator during the Oklahoma City Bombing. I became a national speaker in discussing the different roles that were played in the healing process during that time of crisis.
I have been awarded Counselor of the Year by the Oklahoma Counseling Association, which also bestowed on me the Human Rights Award for a project for homeless youth in the OKC school district. The project, called Students for Independent Living, helped them with living expenses as long as they stayed in school and also helped put them in contact with agencies that work with youth.
My goals for the Midwest Region are as follows:
- To promote and advocate for counseling in the Midwest Region and AMHCA.
- To promote confidence among members of the professional community and legislators about the great work being done by counselors across the nation.
- To ensure that clients have access to quality care and service by integrating clinical outcomes within the counseling field.
- To help coordinate educational services for counselors and the public so that we continue to increase confidence and ensure that counselors have expertise that reaches the goals of AMHCA.