Cynthia L. Jamison, MHS, LPC, LCADC, MAC, SAP, CCFC, CRAT
I have been in the mental health field for over forty -five years. My professional experience started on August 1972 with my college training in the field of Mental Health Technology. This was a comprehensive program that introduced me to the many facets of mental health. It also allowed me to continue my training at my employment site, Area C Community Mental Health Center and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital located in Washington, DC. This also gave me the opportunity to learn skills that would I have continued to enhance during my years of practice.
I have worked with various populations that have included toddlers, children, adolescents, young adults, adults and geriatric clients. My experience has included inpatient, outpatient, day treatment programs, homeless shelters, community mental health centers.
I transferred to working with incarcerated individuals who had a myriad of problems including traumas, substance use disorders, trafficking victims and a variety of other mental health issues. These facilities were federal, state, local and private correctional facilities in Maryland, D.C, and Virginia. This vulnerable population challenged me in many ways; however I became dedicated advocate who evoked many changes throughout her tenure. One example was starting a program for the children of the incarcerated females at the D.C Correctional Treatment Facility. My proposal to begin family therapy for the children and mothers helped to repair, continue, and nurture the bonds of the parents and children, which data showed that both of these populations desperately needed.
I am also, a substance abuse professional. I complete evaluations for anyone that has violated the US Department of Transportation’s Substance Use Disorder Regulations, Policies and Procedures. This has allows me to work with people across the United States, to help them get treatment for their substance use disorders in an effort to get them back to their careers as quickly as possible. This gives these clients a resource that is positive in nature.
I am connected to countless organizations that facilitate change and work to better mental health techniques, care, and legislation. Currently, I am a member of the D.C Mental Health Counselors Association, where I served as Temporary Treasure, Secretary, and President. I am also a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), where I currently serve on the credentialing committee. I am Master Addiction Counselor with the National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors (NAADAC). I am also a former member of the American Counselor’s Association (ACA).
My goals for the position of North Atlantic Region Director to reach as many mental health professionals to work on improving communication not only in the region I will be representing but also interfacing more with the other regions so that were are working as a community. Often we do not know how the other regions may have ideas that can help us to improve membership, diversity and working to advocate for the people we serve. We also need to encourage and work with our region on encouraging relationships with institutions of higher learning to help upcoming clinical mental health counselors in attaining their licenses and working with the changing demographics that is occurring in our regions.
Lastly, I would like to see the organization to work toward and understanding the importance of social justice for the diverse populations and cultures that we now serve in providing the best mental health therapy and treatment to meet their needs.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
PROFESSIONAL LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Diplomate: Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) in
Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Clinical Alcohol Drug Counseling (LCADC)
Master Addictions Counseling (MAC)
Substance Addictions Professional (SAP)
Clinically Certified Forensic Counseling (CCFC)
Clinical Rational Addictions Therapist (CRAT)
*Interacting With Female Offenders: How Internal and External Beliefs Affect Our Thinking’
*American Mental Health Counselors 2008 Annual Conference, San Diego, California.
*12th National Workshop: Adult and Female Offenders. October 10-24, 2007. Marriott Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland.
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
District of Columbia Mental Health Counselors Association (DCMHCA)
National Association of Forensic Counselors (NAFE)
National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists (NACBT)
AWARDS AND HONORS
Certificate of Outstanding Service, June 16, 2017
DC Mental Health Counselors Association
Certificate of Appreciation, July 18, 2003
District of Columbia Department of Corrections Central Detention Facility
Length of Service Award, August 2004
Government of the District of Columbia
Prison Outreach Ministry, March 28, 2009 and November 14, 2009
The Welcome Home Reentry Program