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
Thank you for visiting the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association’s website. My name is Michelle Hopkins and I am the current IMHCA president. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with some of the most supportive and dedicated counselors this state has to offer. In the coming year my vision is to carry on the efforts put forth by the hardworking presidents before me such as valuable ethics trainings, website improvements, and membership benefits.
As we work to deliver some of the great benefits of being an IMHCA member, I encourage any and all feedback. If you feel as passionate about mental health counselors as we do and are looking for ways to get involved, let us know!