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2013 AMHCA Awards Honor Excellence and Commitment to Mental Health Counseling
Winners of AMHCA’s annual awards for 2013 were recognized at an awards luncheon during AMHCA’s 2013 Annual Conference in July in Washington, D.C.
STATE CHAPTER AWARD WINNERS
FMHCA accomplishments this past year include: exceptional conference offerings and attendance, increased membership, sponsorship of sold-out supervisor training, hiring of an executive administrator, transition of financial reporting to QuickBooks, leadership of legislative efforts to update existing statutes, and working with other professional organizations to provide a unified front representing mental health professionals.
LPCA of NC is recognized for advancing the organization’s presence on social media (including members-only forums) and streamlining its online image. The chapter also worked diligently to provide more opportunities for education, growth, and connection to LPCs in North Carolina. LPANC is collaborating extensively with other medical and mental health associations and offering a webinar series that provides free CEs to members once per month.
Many NJMHCA members reached out to offer services following Hurricane Sandy. In response to that, NJMHCA offered a fall retreat designed to prevent burnout and refresh the caregivers. “During a time of economic hardship, reduced volunteerism, and state disaster, the membership and board have remained steadfast, loyal, and diligent to serve both the community and professional counselors in the state,” the nomination stated.
NVLPCA’s recruiting efforts brought in 85.7 percent more new members than in fiscal year 2011–2012. The total membership is now 327, including 47 student members and 63 pre-licensed members.
INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS
Eunhui Yoon is a PhD student and pre-doctoral fellow in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Florida. Nominated by her professors for her superior leadership and interpersonal qualities, her varied research and publications on multicultural issues include: disaster and crisis counseling, girls as math and science learners, bullying, and counselor burnout. She also supervises counseling students and teaches at the University of Florida.
AMHCA recognizes Rep. Michael H. Michaud (D–Maine) for his strong leadership to improve the availability of mental health counselor services to veterans and for increasing the quality of mental health services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Adrian Magnuson–Whyte, PhD, LMHC, NCC, DCMHS, was honored for his volunteer work in his community with disenfranchised veterans and for his efforts to help the less fortunate. He also volunteers extensively with legislative issues related to the needs of both mental health counselors and clients in Washington State. He was invited to be a member of two governor’s task forces, which demonstrates the confidence others have in his character and abilities.
Barbara Melton’s numerous volunteer activities include HIV training, working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, supervising new counselors, mediation, and Guardian Ad Litem work. She co-authored two books for parents and is frequently invited to speak on bullying and cyber-bullying. Melton volunteers on a variety of boards, including the South Carolina AMHCA chapter.
Elvis Lester, president of AMHCA’s Florida chapter, FMHCA, won for strengthening FMHCA during his term. Membership increased 20 percent, financial stability improved significantly, and the organization was streamlined by hiring an executive administrator and creating a finance committee. FMHCA conferences offered more than 70 CE hours, and Lester coordinated with lobbyists and leaders from other mental health organizations during the legislative session to make it a very successful year.
Lori Russell-Chapin, PhD, LCPC, ACS, CCMHC, DCMHS, of Bradley University won for her teaching excellence, mentorship, engagement with students, creative teaching, and research. Russell–Chapin has received many state and national awards for her work. Comments from colleagues included, “She has been and continues to be a role model for what a counselor educator can be,” and “Lori is the sort of colleague we all like to have.”
The award recognizes AMHCA Past-President Karen Langer, LMHC (left, above), for her dedicated service to AMHCA as the association’s president from July 2012 through June 2013. Presenter Bertenthal–Smith, AMHCA’s current president (above, right), noted that Langer left “very big shoes” to fill, and that Langer “has served this organization very ably and well.”
AMHCA FOUNDATION AWARD WINNERS
Thomas A. Field, NCC, a doctoral student at James Madison University, won for his dissertation study, “Factors Helping and Hindering the Implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents in an Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.” The award recognizes a student whose dissertation research furthers our knowledge of clinical mental health counseling. The $1,000 award is designed to assist doctoral students in accredited counseling programs with research costs.
April Krowel, a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Ball State University and a veteran of the U.S. Army, won the $1,000 travel grant to attend the 2013 AMHCA Annual Conference. Krowel is now chair of AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee. Her main research interests involve student veteran college adjustment, suicide prevention among military members, and reintegration issues.