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Life Lines                                                         Spring 2016
Have you see our new and improved website?

If you haven't already, please check out our new website at www.mmhca.org Currently all Member Only Pages have open access for a limited time. You can renew your membership two ways now, either renew once a year, or set it up to renew automatically. As a member you can have your name listed on the Find a Counselor page. See details in this newsletter. You can also register for events, read the latest articles, and support our lobbying efforts in Lansing by making a donation. MMHCA is lobbying to both protect and advance the profession with the legislature and bureaucratic systems in the state of Michigan.
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Michigan Journal of Counseling: Research, Theory and Practice

The official, peer reviewed journal of the Michigan Counseling Association is seeking submissions of manuscripts for consideration.
Articles should address topics of interest using a standard article format. They may relate theory to practice, highlight techniques and those practices that are potentially effective with specific client groups, and can be applied to a broad range of client problems, provide original synthesis of material, or report on original research studies. The articles should generally not exceed 3,000 words. Lengthier manuscripts may be considered on the basis of content.
Submission of a manuscript to the Michigan Journal of Counseling represents a certification on the part of the author(s) that it is an original work, and that neither this manuscript nor a similar manuscript has ever been published.
Email submission of the manuscript to Dr. Arnie Coven at aa1553@wayne.edu

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by Katherine E. James, PhD, LPC, NCC
Ever heard the old saying, there is strength in numbers? In many ways this is an accurate statement It is certainly so when it comes to mobilizing, protecting and advancing a cause. 
So what's the cause?
We are! "Professional  counselors and counseling students in the state of Michigan" Keep reading  here! Join MMHCA!
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As a MMHCA member you can be listed on the Find a Counselor Page of the new MMHCA Website. Please click here to see the information needed. Contact Colleen Tavor  cmtcounseling@gmail.com to be added.
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Details will be coming soon about the Trauma Recovery Workshop being presented by Dr. Collin Ross. Save the Date of June 10, 2016 and watch our website for news of this event as soon as it is set for registration.
April 30 Networking Breakfast in Southfield
May 13 ICD 10 CM and DSM-5 Workshop in Auburn Hills
May 14 Networking Breakfast in Royal Oak
May 21 Networking Breakfast at Central Michigan University 
June 10 Trauma Workshop in Lansing
Executive Director Report
Out of My Mind
We are well into 2016 and the state of MMHCA is on the move. MMHCA is a movement representing counselors for full inclusion and as equal partners in delivery of mental health services. We are also strongly advocating for living wages for LPC's. Please read our new mobile friendly website. You can register for events, pay your dues and even opt in for annual dues renewal.
What to think about:
  • Renewing your membership and joining the only group solely representing mental health counselors in Michigan.
  • Successful inclusion in Blue Cross reimbursement.
  • Self-funded Blue Cross plans that are reimbursing LPC's
  • Negotiations with Blue Cross on reimbursement for testing and evaluations.
  • MMHCA advocating for counselors in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and Community Mental health.
  • Watch for our new Social Media and marketing efforts.
  • Like us on Facebook!
  • Workshops planned include ICD 10/DSM 5, Trauma Recovery by Dr. Collin Ross, Human Trafficking workshop which is required by all licensed professionals in Michigan per the Michigan Legislature.
  • Networking Breakfasts scheduled for Southfield April 30, & Royal Oak May 14
  • Confirmation from Senator Stabenow that LPC's will be included in the Medicare legislation to be introduced in the US Senate (S 1830).
Please join and please donate using our website in order to maintain our valuable lobbying efforts. We cannot continue without your help!

James Blundo, LPC, CCMHC, NCC
MMHCA Executive Director

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Inspiration from Maslow
"It isn't normal to know what we want. It is a rare and difficult psychological achievement." This is one of my favorite quotes by psychologist, Abraham Maslow. I like it because it inspires and encourages me. Whenever I meet anyone who is unsure about what they want to do with their lives, I share this quote with them.
In the past I have been jealous of people who seem to know what they want in life. While I always have felt I was busy doing things for others, on my way to when I would be ready to do what I want to do. Perhaps I've always gotten it wrong in my mind. Have I not been present enough to understand I've been doing exactly what I've been meant to do all along without realizing it? This brings to mind another great Maslow quote, "The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness."
I recently made a big change in my working life, and am now feeling present enough to realize that things are exactly as they should be. The greatest thing about being a professional counselor in the state of Michigan right now is that there are many choices and opportunities for our profession. The only thing stopping us is not being aware of it.

Newsletter by
Cindy S. Goldman, MEd, LPC, NCC
MMHCA Member at Large