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AMHCA Election: Candidate for Western Region Director
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AMHCA ELECTION: Candidate for Western Region Director


Laurie Hewitt Geren, LCPC
Current Employment
  • 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.

Association Experience
  • 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

Community Service

  • 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.


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