The Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) is dedicated exclusively to the needs of clinical mental health counselors. Membership in IMHCA is multidisciplinary and open to licensed professional counselors, counselor educators, and counseling students who have an interest in the advancement of the mental health counseling profession. The Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association is a division of the Idaho Counseling Association (ICA) and a state chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).
IMHCA Vision Statement
The Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association, with the consistent standards of education, training, licensing, practice, and ethics, will be the state organization representing: Licensed Mental Health Providers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and other licensed clinical mental health clinicians recognized by the association. This is accomplished through empowering counselors with the knowledge, skills, and resources to promote their success in the profession.
2016/2017 IMHCA Scholarship recipients!
IMHCA values supporting our up and coming counseling professionals. One way that we want to help is by offering four $250 cash scholarship to current counseling students. One scholarship recipient has also accepted an invitation to the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) as IMHCA's guest.
Each candidate wrote a short essay on these three questions: Why is it important for counseling professionals to be involved in a professional organization? How do you imagine your own professional development would be impacted if you were to belong to a professional organization? What type of support or resources would you want from a professional organization?
IMHCA is ecstatic to announce the following counseling students as our 2016/2017 scholarship recipients. The scholarship consisted of a $250 cash prize and one student was chosen to be IMHCA’s guest to the Leadership Development Institute held by ICA.
Meet the students:
Krista Doubleday (cash scholarship + LDI invitation) Idaho State University Meridian- Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling May 2018 “I am most interested in working with adolescents suffering from anxiety, depression, and trauma. I work from a person-centered lens with an emphasis on Adlerian theory and techniques.”
Jannette Romo (cash scholarship) Boise State University, Master of Arts in Counseling, School Counseling Cognate May 2019 “I am really interested in working with first generation, undocumented, DACA, and Refugee students.”
Rebecca Mills (cash scholarship) Northwest Nazarene University, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health; Emphasis: Trauma, Grief & Crisis June 2017 “I hope to work with male trauma sexual abuse survivors suffering with co-occuring addictions, adolescents, and the LGBTQ population.”
Candace Woodroof (cash scholarship) Northwest Nazarene University, Master of Science in Clinical Counseling May 2019 “I am interested in attachment theory and how attachment imprints our relational style.”
Welcome from the President
Welcome to the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association’s website! My name is Steve Moody and I am the current IMHCA president. I am excited to report that the board is growing and many fellow Idaho counselors have stepped into vital roles to help this organization serve your professional counseling needs. We are continuing to offer CEU’s across the state, advocate for the profession at the state and local level, represent Idaho at the national level, and support those that serve our clientele. It is our hope to do our best to continue to serve the professional needs of mental health counselors in the state.
As you may have noticed, we have been going through some updates with our websites. We appreciate your patience with this and we are looking forward to having a new, more powerful medium to communicate with all of you. Please feel free to contact me or the board with any questions and comments or if interested in getting involved with IMHCA.
IMHCA 2017 Distinguished Presenter
Dr. Tony Seikel on Mindfulness and Meditation
Tony Seikel is a retired professor at Idaho State University whose current research interests focus on neurological disorders associated with speech language pathology. Tony is an active meditator and teaches a number of mindfulness courses for the university and community. His interest in neurophysiology extends naturally to using neural science to understand the function of meditation. He is currently involved in research with other ISU faculty into the effects of mindfulness on individuals with chronic tinnitus. Please join us for his Sustaining Compassion in Clinical Practice through Mindfulness presentation at the 2017 ICA Annual Conference. See our events page for more details.