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Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA of Georgia)

Governor Appoints Greg Kirk, LPC, to Georgia's Vocational Rehabilitation Service Board

Greg Kirk, LPC, reported that the service board is a new agency that was established by HB 1146, which just took effect, July 1. “Now that the Board has been constituted, our first task will be to make it operational. Here’s to a bright future for Georgians with disabilities,” he said.

Kirk is the executive director of Kirk Advocacy and Consulting Inc., as well as Kirk Properties, LLC. The immediate past president of the LPCA of Georgia, Kirk served four years on the board of directors for the Georgia Association of Community Care Providers. He received a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Florida Baptist Theological College and completed a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at Troy State University. 

Dr. Carlene Taylor and Her Canine Partner Are Featured in Oprah’s “Lovetown, USA” Show

By Carlene Taylor, EdD, LPC, NCC, CPCS
LPCA of Georgia Coastal District Representative

(Excerpted from the April 2012 LPCA of Georgia News, Vol. 24, No. 2)

Carlene Taylor, EdD, LPC, NCC, CPCS, has adapted her expertise in equine therapy to working with canines by deepening her understanding, research, theory, and practice in the use of a canine partner. Taylor owns a successful professional counseling practice in Kingsland and St. Marys, Ga., where she works with her “paw-tner,” Eli. She is also the clinical director for LightHorse Learning, Inc., a therapeutic horsemanship center in Kingsland. 

In March, Oprah Winfrey and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) took over Taylor’s small coastal town of Kingsland for 30 days, renaming it “Lovetown, USA.” During the social experiment, the producers facilitated a community movement of volunteerism and expressions of love, both platonic and romantic. 

One project that the Lovetown, USA, film crew spotlighted was the development of a community center for local nonprofits and a basketball court that was built and dedicated by the Harlem Globetrotters for the local Methodist Youth Home. Other projects included “love trees”—fruit trees to which people in the community attached notes commemorating good deeds or random acts of kindness that they had witnessed or experienced. These trees were planted in a grove and will be tended by the community, who will enjoy the fruit the trees bear for years to come. 

A group called the Red Heart Warriors trained people in the art of communicating a message of peace and support using the symbol of a small red heart to give when someone needs it and words would get in the way. In an effort to call attention to the importance of nurturing relationships, another event taught people how to write and send love letters. 

As a professional counselor working in the community to help transform it from a regular, old town suffering from the current economy into the essence of Lovetown, USA, the process has been nothing short of amazing. I encourage all professional counselors to be active in your community in events that uphold the ideals of community building and the principles that support strong, loving bonds between people, as well as healing, forgiveness, and love. 

Professional counselors work each day with the fallout from what happens when these conditions do not exist in peoples’ lives. It was wonderful to be on the side of proactively changing conditions in our community for the better.

Click here for information about the show


Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA)
Earn 19 NBCC CE Credits at MMHCA’s Annual Conference
By San Mueller, LPC, NCC, CCDP-D, MMHCA President,

The MMHCA annual conference will be held Sept. 27–29, 2012, at the Inn at Grand Glaize at Lake of the Ozarks. The theme is “Journeying Together Into the Future,” and Karen Langer, LMHC, AMHCA president, 2012–2013, will deliver the keynote address.

One new event this year will be a screening Thursday evening of the award-winning movie, “Winter’s Bone,” followed by a discussion of mental health issues and the use of media in therapy. 

Here’s a sampling of other topics being offered: 

  • “Moving Past Trauma: Alternate Healing to Respect Victims”
    • Kathleen Leach-Ross, LPC
  • “Couples’ Counseling Tips for the Therapist: Introducing the 4-Month Experiment”
    • Deborah Miller, EdD, LPC
  • “Using the Enneagram in Therapy and Practice”
    • Kelly Wright, LPC, NCC
  • “Habilitation Therapeutic Intervention for Adolescents”
    • Richard Strait, MDiv, LPC, CRAADC, CCDP-D

We expect this conference to be one of the best and your participation will make it even better. 

Click here for a complete description of these and other interesting and informative sessions, and to register for the conference.