The Maryland Counseling Association promotes the professionalism of the field of counseling and encourages equality of stature in the mental health arena.

Importance of Advocacy:

  • Advocacy is a core value for counseling
  • Advocacy is the promotion of the well-being of individuals, groups, and the counseling profession within systems and organizations
  • Advocacy seeks to remove barriers and obstacles that inhibit access, growth, and development
  • A.7.a Advocacy

School Counseling Funds

Know how the effects of the federal budget process effects school counseling funds. Take a look at the ACA Government Affairs blog at http://www.counseling.org/news/aca-blogs/aca-government-affairs-blog/aca-government-affairs-blog/2017/07/25/aca-webinar-explains-congressional-budget-process-and-school-counseling-funds . Also take the opportunity to view ACA’s budget webinar, with no sign up required at https://digitellinc.sharefile.com/share?#/view/s71da5dd51c74f048 .

National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) uses the opportunity to celebrate those who recover, and increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has themed the celebration “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.” SAMHSA offers additional information and variety of free tools and resources to help spread the word at: https://recoverymonth.gov .

Hurricane Distress Assistance from SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering toll-free multilingual confidential crisis support service. The service is available to all United States residents. Spanish speakers can text Hablanos to 66746. English speakers can text TalkWithUs to 1-212-461-4635.

For more details visit ACA eNews September’s issue, and the SAMHSA website at: http://acaa.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT02MzY3MjAwJnA9MSZ1PTgyNzA2ODk5NiZsaT00NTY3NDY5Nw/index.html .


DACA Dreamers and the Potential of Deportation and Separation

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an urgent call for counselor awareness of increase for mental health concerns of anxiety and depression. The heightened need of counselor awareness in clients’ mental health exacerbated changes may loom from uncertainty with changes to either amend or eliminate the DACA program resulting in potential deportation and separation from there families. The DACA program was created in 2012 threatens the lives of more than 800,000 individuals and their families. For further information view ACA eNews for September with the Washington Post article depicted “The little-known benefit of DACA: It reduced mental illness in dreamers’ children.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/09/06/the-little-known-benefit-of-daca-it-reduced-mental-illness-in-dreamers-children/?utm_term=.a3138f133f8c .

ACA 2018 Conference

Summer Registration Rates to Expire at Month’s End

Are you planning on attending the ACA 2018 Conference? Are you thinking of attending?

If factoring in a lower price is a determining factor, then make your purchase by September 30th for the summer registration rates. For additional information click on the following link: https://www.counseling.org/conference/2018-conference-expo-registration .

The current rates are:

            ACA Member Professional/Regular - $375

            ACA Student/New Professional/Retiree - $265

            Non-Member General - $525

            Non-Member Student - $375

License Portability

The American Counseling Association Government Affairs Blog wrote of the introspect of licensure portability. Staff members from ACA attended the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) briefing on licensure portability. Varied professions were also in attendance offering their approaches. The briefing focus was “Streamlining Licensing Across State Lines: Initiatives to Enhance Occupational License Portability.” Additional information may be read at: http://www.counseling.org/news/aca-blogs/aca-government-affairs-blog/aca-government-affairs-blog/2017/08/01/aca-staff-attend-ftc-briefing-on-licensure-portability

Free Webinars on How to Aid the Homeless LGBTQ Youth,

and Homeless of Baltimore, Sponsored by SAMSHA

The ACA eNews July issue listed the last two free webinars hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) for 2017. The webinars offered are “Trauma-Informed Innovations in Crisis Services.” To learn more about these two webinars and the previous webinars of 2017 go to the website of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD): https://www.nasmhpd.org/content/crisis-services-vln/

8/28/2017: SAMSHA is sponsoring the August free webinar aimed to provide insights into aiding LGBTQ homeless youth.

9/25/2017: The September SAMSHA sponsored webinar is provided by the Baltimore Police Department. The free webinar provides a crisis prevention and intervention program with an innovative approach by the Baltimore Police Department for the homeless of their city. Sgt. Joanne Wallace and her partner will help you to understand the “very complicated homeless community network, and maintaining trust within these networks.” The webinar is scheduled for Monday, the 28th of September from 3:00pm until 4:00pm.

To register for this event click on the link: https://events-na3.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/986655080/en/events/event/shared/1700946820/event_landing.html?sco-id=1954169690&_charset_=utf-8

Maryland Counseling Association
P.O. Box 6315
Largo, MD 20792
Phone: 410-931-5010 Fax: 410-931-5013

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