AMHCA ELECTION: Candidate for President-Elect
Stephen Brady, PhD
Current Professional Experience
- Director, Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program
Graduate Medical Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine
- Associate professor of Psychiatry and Graduate Medical Sciences
Division of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine
Recent Professional Experience
- Principal investigator (2010–2015)
Research Grant: HIV/AIDS, Severe Mental Illness and Homelessness
Office of AIDS, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- Principal investigator (2006–2009)
Research Grant: HIV Prevention for the Mentally Ill: Motivation-Skills
Office of AIDS, NIMH
- Mental health consultant (2006–2009)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
New England AIDS Education and Training Center
Recent teaching experience—Boston University School of Medicine
Includes courses in Human Growth and Development, Psychopathology, Group Dynamics, Career Counseling, Clinical Internship, Counseling Techniques, Group Psychotherapy Seminar, Clinical Practicum.
In addition to my membership and active participation in AMHCA as chair of the Professional Development Committee, I am a member of the MARIACES, the local chapter of ACES, which includes faculty directing mental health counseling programs throughout the region.
- American Psychological Association (since 1983)
Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest—Committee on Psychology and AIDS (2007–2010) (Chair, 2009)
- American Association of State Counseling Boards (since 2007)
- International Society for the Study of Traumatic Stress (1998–2010)
- New England AIDS Education and Training Center
Advisory Committee (since 1994)
- Boston University
- Secretary/treasurer, Faculty Council (since 2010)
- Faculty Council Committee on Curriculum and Degrees (chair, 2007–2009)
- University Council Committee on Academic Program (chair, 2007–2009)
- Equity and Inclusion Committee (2009–2010)
- Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)
- BA/MD Admissions Committee (since 2010)
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education, Medical Student Committee
- Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, BUSM
Division Steering Committee (since fall 2002)
- Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, BUSM
- Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine Program
- Steering Committee (since 2000)
- Admissions Committee chair (since 2000)
- Student Affairs Committee (since 2001)
- Curriculum Committee chair (since 2001)
- Division of Psychiatry, BUSM
Residency Training Committee (1998–2008)
Center for Multi-Cultural Training Committee Network (since 1994)
Publications and Presentations
Authored numerous articles in scholarly publications. Frequent invited speaker on HIV and mental health issues, having delivered workshops and seminars, and other types of presentations on these issues.
If I had the honor of being elected AMHCA president, a primary goal would be guided by the work of AMHCA’s Professional Development Committee, which I currently chair and which produced the 2011 Standards. These Standards include the following areas of focus: Making sure faculty and supervisors emphasize “clinical skills” relevant to clinical mental health counseling practice in the “real world.” I would also emphasize the need for enhancing assessment skills and increasing knowledge regarding the biological bases of behavior for CMHCs. We also need to recognize the importance of skills related to working with traumatized individuals and the dually diagnosed. As president-elect, I would work to ensure that the 2013 conference would include specialized training in assessment, trauma, and substance-abuse counseling.
If I had the honor of being elected president, I would work closely with AMHCA’s staff and leadership to ensure that we continue to advocate for the essential role of clinical mental health counselors in the larger healthcare system. This advocacy includes educating other professional organizations and accrediting bodies about the singular role clinical mental health counselors (also referred to as licensed mental health counselors and licensed professional counselors) play in providing mental healthcare in the United States. By one estimate, 65 percent of all mental healthcare in the United States is provided by the master’s-level provider, and clinical mental health counseling is one of the fastest growing master’s professions.
If I had the honor of being elected president, I would be inclusive of all points of view and determined to recruit and retain AMHCA membership that embraces true diversity. We need to continue to cultivate age diversity in the AMHCA membership. Most professional organizations, including AMHCA, have trouble with recruiting young and new members and retaining older members. We need to work hard to maintain regional diversity in AMHCA membership and leadership. We need to embrace ethnic, racial, and social class diversity in our membership, which is lacking. We need to embrace clinical mental health counselors exploring spirituality and religion in mental health counseling. We need to embrace the LGBT communities.
I would be honored for your vote.
In Spring Election, Voters Will Use Electronic Ballots
Voting in the annual AMHCA election this spring will be by electronic ballots rather than paper ballots for the first time.
Here’s how voting electronically will work:
Everyone eligible to vote in AMHCA’s election will receive an email from Intelliscan in March that will include a link to a personalized ballot.
To vote, simply click the link within the email to open your ballot, which will include your name and the races you are eligible to vote on. The ballot will include a link to the candidates’ statements and photos, which also appear online. After indicating the candidate you prefer for each race, you may review your choices before clicking “submit” to cast your ballot electronically.
Voting will be open from March 19 through April 20. Members who do not wish to vote electronically may request a paper ballot.