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Arkansas Mental Health Counselor Association (ArMHCA)

  • Conference Emphasizes Connection Between State and National Efforts 

Each year, ArMHCA’s conference draws mental health counselors from across the state. The 2013 conference, held April 18–19, offered 22 different workshops for a total of 14 available CEUs.

Two AMHCA board members, President Karen Langer, LMHC, and Southern Region Director A. Keith Mobley, PhD, LPCS, ACS, attended the ArMHCA conference this year.

“Meeting members from different states and learning about the regionally unique issues is always enjoyable,” Langer said, “as is being able to discuss the importance of a connection between state and national efforts.”

At the conference, Langer was part of a webinar with the Idaho chapter that included a presentation by James Finley, AMHCA’s associate executive director and director of public policy, on the impact of healthcare reform. 

“We were able to share the webinar with some of the ArMHCA members who stayed after the conference. The information presented reinforced the message we tried to convey in our lunch presentation—that not staying on top of what happens on a national level can have a real long-term impact on the state,” Langer said.  

She has heard from the ArMHCA leadership since the conference that their members were re-energized by the conference and interested in getting more involved with national efforts. “We look forward to seeing and hearing from them in the future,” Langer said.  

Mobley was impressed by the caliber of the conference presenters and how well organized the conference was. 

In addition, “meeting and mingling with the state chapter leaders with whom I typically interact via email or phone was very helpful,” he said. “Participating in the business luncheon and speaking about AMHCA’s efforts at the national level and describing the relationship between the state and national organizations and why it matters was very gratifying.”

The ArMHCA conference happened to coincide with the aftermath of the bombings during the Boston Marathon. Mobley noted that many of the session presenters related their personal experiences of trauma, several of whom had been exposed to acts of terror in other countries, including Pakistan and Israel. 

“The speakers were very open about the affects of trauma on their own experience, and skilled at generalizing the session content to those affected by Boston bombings, both near and from a distance,” he said. 

“It was impressive to see such transparency and responsiveness to current events among the presenters. Well-done, Arkansas!” 

Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Assn. (MaMHCA)
  • Special MaMHCA Response to Boston Marathon Tragedy (from the MaMHCA website)

MaMHCA responds to our recent, statewide traumatic events with support and resources for members, and by assisting victims through our affiliations with the Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts, and MA Responds.

  • Stress Debriefing: Conversation among MaMHCA members wanting to talk together about our own reactions to the Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent manhunt and shelter-in-place order.
  • Conference Call: Thursday April 25, at noon. Call in: 605–562–3000; access code 133540#.
  • A Brief Introductory Training: Trauma Basics: A training to assist you in helping your clients who are struggling in the aftermath of the traumatic events at the Boston Marathon bombing, the search for the suspects, and the shelter-in-place order. With Karen Enegess, LMHC, Sunday April 28, 2013, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 CEs, Category 1. Fee: $20, which will be donated to The One Fund Boston.

Related Information

  • Red Cross Disaster Mental Health—Introduction (at Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts Headquarters in Cambridge): Dates TBD. More information.
  • SAMHSA Training—Mass Casualty Support and Response Trainings. More information.
  • Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute—Trauma Responses in the Wake of the Boston Marathon Events. This is an open information session for adults to learn more about trauma responses to the Marathon bombings and related events, in oneself, family members, children or friends. April 23, May 2, and May 7. More information.