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Life Lines                                                      Winter 2017
Napoleon Harrington
Can We Count On You To Help Us Keep The Momentum Going?
The new year is upon us!    This is the time of year we generally prepare ourselves for ambitious plans, renewing commitments and eliminating clutter.    We have high expectations and great hope for an exciting year that offers us plenty of opportunities to grow and be better versions of ourselves 

In this same spirit, I am very excited to serve as the current president of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association, standing on the shoulders of past presidents   that served as impactful leaders in the field of counseling, it is both a privilege and honor to share in those efforts.   We currently have one of the best leadership teams in the state of Michigan that make up the board of MMHCA.   Day in and day out our Executive and General board invests meaningful time, great energy and a wealth of ideas to contribute to the growth of Professional Counselors across the state.  This upcoming year, the MMHCA team is very excited to put our best foot forward in offering Professional Counselors statewide one of the best membership experiences.   

MMHCA's mission is to develop and empower the mental health counseling profession and promote mental health for the community.  This year we intend to offer more diverse programming and supportive networking events that help members connect to like-minded professionals in the field, and develop relationships that can help impact their role as professional counselors.  These events help to bring us together and hear other voices from across the state and learn how we may support each other in the work that we do.  Truly we will accomplish much more as cohesive members of the profession instead of being fractured and spread out without any connection.  

Not only do we intend to make meaningful strides in programming, we plan to continue working hard on the advocacy and legislative needs of professional counselors.  Over the past few years the leadership of MMHCA has been able to partner with key lobbying efforts to advocate on behalf of the professional counselor.  The significance of our voice is dependent upon our membership, the more we grow in numbers, the stronger and more solidified our voice becomes.  We need your membership and support to continue to strive for public policy initiatives that serve our professions interest, parity, and portability for our profession.  We are proud to represent and advocate for you the members of MMHCA, as well as, the future members of this great organization.  

It is a great time to be a professional counselor in the state of Michigan.  We continue to work on projects that have been started years ago, while starting a very worthwhile movement to positively impact our profession.  B.F. Skinner said, "It is not a question of starting.  The start has been made.  It is a question of what is to be done from now on".  

We need your help to keep the momentum moving forward!  

Napoleon Harrington, MA, LPC, NCC

New Michigan Law Requires Training In Human Trafficking!

Upcoming Human Trafficking Workshops
February 17, 2017 at EMU-Ypsilanti
March 3, 2017 at CMU-Mt Pleasant
April 7, 2017 at WMU-Kalamazoo
May 5, 2017 at Great Lakes Christian College-Lansing
June date TBA in Traverse City
More Information and Online Registration on www.mmhca.org.
1)    MMHCA and Allied Health Members: $100.00                
2)    Non-Members: $150.00
3)    Group Rates-contact jamesblundo@att.net for details
4)    Students: $75.00
"MMHCA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider,
ACEP No. 2064. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.
MMHCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs."
This course is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.
Course approval #121216-07 - If you wish to report a problem with this training please contact
rmingus@nasw-michigan.org or call 517-487-1548 x17.

Human Trafficking Information
There has been much confusion regarding the required training standards by the new Michigan Law regarding Human Trafficking.
It is difficult to determine what you are obligated to take to meet the state requirements.  If your only goal is to meet the minimum standards, then our training is probably not for you.
MMHCA decided to offer the best workshop available based on the laws outlined. We created the best possible training available. Here is how we did it.
Dr. Jeremy Norwood who is on the faculty at Spring Arbor University was approached to develop the workshop. He used the stated language from the bill and developed an outline. We then looked at his extensive knowledge of the topic and decided to have him produce a powerful workshop based on his knowledge and experiences.
Go to our website for more information regarding Dr. Norwood and what you will learn in the workshop.
In addition to his extensive work in this arena, every year he takes a group of students to Asia to study Human Trafficking. Dr. Norwood is presently in Cambodia with a group of students studying the sociological impact and its connection to US trafficking.
Those that have taken the workshop describe it as powerful and intense. They walk away with a greater understanding of the major impact and possible strategies for intervention.
Please consider our offering. It will change your life for the better. In addition, it qualifies for 6 hours of CEU's and a certificate to prove your participation.
We encourage health professionals and graduate students to use our workshops for the best quality training in Michigan.

Important notice about requirements to serve as supervisor for LLPCs
We have become aware of an error made by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) regarding approval of supervisors to oversee the counseling practice of LLPCs.  The
correct requirements to serve as a supervisor are:
  • You have your full license (LPC)
  • You have three (3) years of counseling experience.  The 3 years of experience can begin only after you have received your limited license/LLPC.
  • You have training in supervision (see Administrative Rules for training requirements).
However, quite a few LPCs have been told that they don't meet the requirements because some of their counseling experience was accrued as LLPCs.  This is incorrect!!!
If you or your supervisees receive a letter from LARA stating that you don't qualify to be a supervisor, contact Linda Clewley at Clewleyl@michigan.gov at LARA.  Copy Dr. Diane Parfitt at dparfitt@emich.edu on your communication. 
Executive Director Report
Out of My Mind
Welcome to 2017!
I hope you're successful in every possible way in the new year.
We are doing our part to support the profession including creating a living wage and protecting our profession.
Please do yours --- Join & Participate! MMHCA is celebrating 35 years of service.
In the past year, we have negotiated access to Blue Cross reimbursement, professional equality,  professional networking and greater employment options for the profession. This is MMHCA's most successful year since the LPC License was passed in 1989!
10 reasons to join or renew in 2017.
  1. Networking Breakfasts and Networking at night Events across Michigan.
  2. 2017 Human Trafficking Workshops at: EMU in February, CMU in March, WMU in April, Great Lakes Christian College-Lansing in May. Additional sites to come in Southeast Michigan and Traverse City.
  3.  Other 2017 Workshops: private practice, trauma recovery, billing, coding, substance abuse, ethics, etc.
  4. NBCC and Social Work CEU'S. (SECHS and CAADC CEU'S pending)
  5.  Blue Cross Access to Reimbursement Training
  6. New professionals program to be initiated in 2017.
  7.  Mobile friendly application and registration
  8.  Auto-renewal membership option
  9.  Expansion of Social Media interaction

  10. License Portability and Public Policy Initiatives including Medicare, MDHHS, CMH, etc. In addition, Capitol Services is our lobbyist Corporation that monitors, advises, and represents MMHCA on all critical issues.
Go to www.mmhca.org for details to join MMHCA and to register for all events.
For more information and group rates contact: jamesblundo@att.net
James Blundo, LPC, CCMHC, NCC
MMHCA Executive Director
January 26 Networking at Night in Clinton Township
February 17 Human Trafficking Workshop at EMU Ypsilanti
February 24 Networking at Night in Bingham Farms
March 3 Human Trafficking Workshop at CMU Mt Pleasant
April 7 Human Trafficking Workshop at WMU Kalamazoo
May 5 Human Trafficking Workshop Lansing
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A s 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 are coming soon about the Trauma Recovery Workshop being presented by Dr. Collin Ross. Date will be set in September of  2017, watch our website for news of this event as soon as it is set for registration.

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Can You Hear Me Now?
Non Violent Communication is one of the most useful processes you will ever learn. Have you heard of it? I am taking a course now, and read the book last year. This is one of the most useful books you will ever read. If you are wondering why I am recommending a book on non violent communication, you obviously were not paying attention during the recent U.S. presidential election. Do you want to help your professional practice, and your clients with relationships, conflict transformation, personal growth, spirituality, education, business, professional therapy and mediation? Then you will find
Non Violent Communication to be an incredible tool. The author, Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD, grew up in a turbulent Detroit neighborhood, and studied with Carl Rogers. Check it out! Go to www.mdnvc.org for more information.

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