MCA President Statement - July 16, 2020
Maryland Counseling Association July 16, 2020 President Letter
Maryland Stands with International Students
On July 10, 2020 the American Counseling Association and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision published a joint statement in opposition to new regulations issued by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These regulations will withdraw visas from foreign students whose courses move fully online which will threaten the health and welfare of these individuals and impact our community negatively beyond measure.
The Maryland Counseling Association (MCA) are in alignment with this position and support these students. In Maryland and the surrounding area, our institutions of higher education house some of the foremost educational programs in our country and this ICE position not only threatens the lifeblood of these international students but also the professions that they represent as a whole.
It is unconscionable to have to choose between your life and your education. MCA wants all international students potentially impacted by this to know that we support you in your efforts to peaceably resist this ICE policy and empathize with your situation. As professional mental health practitioners and advocates, we hope for a better world through the services that we provide at every level of human development.
For counselors and students who are training to become counselors, client caseloads are increasing due to undue pandemic stresses of unreasonable workload expectations, unemployment, isolation, and aspects of safe social distancing. These clients often rely on field experience and internship students to receive care and this forced face-to-face educational policy threatens to interrupt these services.
As professionals who are often tasked with speaking out for those who do not have a voice through advocacy and aspirational care. MCA stands with everyone in our community who will be negatively impacted by this ICE policy change.
Stay safe and be well,
Carol ZA McGinnis PhD, BC-TMH, LCPC, NCC
2020-2021 MCA President
MCA President Statement - June 3, 2020
The Maryland Counseling Association mourns the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna
It is important that we grieve the loss of life and center our Black community members’ needs,
When I was elected as the President of the Maryland Counseling Association, I signed up to represent all
As Counselors we have a responsibility to serve as advocates and allies, not in name but in action. We
We call on elected officials in the State of Maryland to denounce the killing of Black people by the
We call on the American Counseling Association to identify and partner with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous,
We call on non-BIPOC counselors, students, faculty, staff and community members to listen, educate
The mission of the Maryland Counseling Association is to promote public confidence, and trust in the counseling profession and to influence policies that affect professional counselors and the welfare of the diverse clients they serve. MCA supports professional counselors and counselors-in-training through a variety of professional development opportunities and support services.
Dr. Ajita M. Robinson
Resources and ways to contribute to help support BIPOC communities:
National Museum of African American History and Culture has a collection of resources to help you explore issues of race and have the conversation with your peers, family, children, and community.
Shawna Murray-Browne, LCSW-C is a local therapist who is offering a webinar Decolonizing Your Therapy. Attend and donate.
Locate your local representative and write to them or call the office and share your concerns about social justice matters.
Reclaim the Block fighting to reallocate city funds from police departments to other parts of the budget, including community safety and public health
Resources such as books, podcast, articles on anti-racism work has been compiled here