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


Joan Normandy–Dolberg, LPC, NCC

Education and Professional Experience

I earned my MS in Special Education and began my teaching career in 1971. After 20 years as a resource teacher, I earned a second master’s in Counseling and Development and began my private practice in 2001. In 2004 I founded and became the director of Family Counseling of Springfield, a group practice in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. I greatly enjoy working with a great variety of clients in private practice and supervising candidates for licensure.

Association Experience

I have been active in my local organization, Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors, since 1998, and served as NVLPC’s board representative to our state organization, Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors. I served as president of this organization, and during my tenure we implemented a number of changes and offered several conferences that allowed our membership to grow substantially. 

I joined AMHCA as a student, and I have attended almost every AMHCA Annual Conference since then. You may have seen me with my camera at the most recent AMHCA conference in San Francisco where I volunteered as the official photographer, and you may have seen my photos and Counseling Tips articles in The Advocate over the last few years. 

For the last two years, I chaired AMHCA’s Public Awareness, Advocacy and Marketing Committee, creating and distributing a manual to help state chapters celebrate and promote public awareness of mental health. I also authored and distributed a survey to counselors throughout the United States that provided helpful information to help enhance the direction of our profession.

Living near D.C. has given me the privilege of representing AMHCA in visits to Congress to lobby for important issues and I had the honor of presenting an AMHCA award to U.S. Rep Patrick Kennedy (D–R.I.) before he left office.

Community Service
  • I was appointed to the Fairfax County Advisory Social Service Board where, for three years, I helped guide and oversee the social service programs offered by the county. 
  • I represented Virginia at the Army OneSource national conference to help promote the need for private clinicians to be educated on the needs of returning military and their families. 
  • I am currently on the board of JSSA, the Jewish Social Service Agency, which has been providing nondenominational mental health services in the D.C. area for more than 118 years.

My involvement in our local, state, and national organizations has strengthened my commitment to our profession and enhanced my understanding of the importance of involvement and communication. I know personally the challenges that clinicians in private practice face, and I would like to see greater involvement and communication on every level … between counselors in local areas, between local organizations within a state, and between states within regions. In addition, I would like to see greater respect from managed care companies (which I hope will translate to greater fees) as AMHCA continues to advocate for the respect we deserve as the true professionals we are. 

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.