AMHCA ELECTION: Candidate for Western Region Director
Laurie Hewitt Geren, LCPC
- Owner—Magic Valley Counseling, Twin Falls, Idaho
- Owner—Elk Creek Cabin & Retreat Center, Fairfield, Idaho
- MEd, Education and Counseling, Northwest Nazarene University
- BA, Elementary Education, Idaho State University
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, State of Idaho
Recent Professional Experience
For the past three and a half years, I have had the pleasure of creating and implementing my counseling passion as the owner of Magic Valley Counseling. I believe that individuals can successfully make positive changes as a result of insights and decisions that I respectfully have the opportunity to help facilitate. I am committed to joining with individuals, couples, and children in a passionate effort to promote mental and emotional wellness.
- Awards Committee for the American Mental Health Counselors Association, 2010–present
- Past President, Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA), 2009–2010
- President, IMHCA, 2008–2009
- President-Elect IMHCA, 2007–2008
- Southern Idaho Region Representative, 2007–2008
- Mustard Seed Wellness Clinic: I volunteer every other Tuesday evening.
- Professional Counselors for Magic Valley Schools.
- Bringing in area schools for trainings at Elk Creek Cabin & Retreat Center.
- Ethics Trainer for Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association
- Reviving the Wonder Presentations for Magic Valley Schools
Since becoming involved in the Idaho Mental Health Association in 2007, I have had the opportunity to meet fellow counselors and network with like-minded people. I discovered and cultivated my passion for networking with the incredibly talented counselors in the Western Region. Developing and encouraging a sense of professional identity as mental health counselors should continue to be our top priority as an organization.
As Western Region director, my goals begin with the following:
- Continue fostering community and professional development at the annual regional meeting and conference, and encourage each state to hold its own individual meeting and conference.
- Keep conversations going and advocate for Western Region mental health counselors while being a strong voice within AMHCA.
- Work with the other regions to address issues affecting all mental health counselors.
- Work with the Western Region state chapters to continue membership growth in the West.
- Attend, if possible, all Western Region conferences and promote cohesiveness among all chapters.