Idaho Mental Health Counseling Association supports graduate counseling students

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There is so much strife and suffering in our world. Entering the counseling profession at this time of global upheaval is a daunting and courageous choice. We talk a lot as professionals about what it means to take care of ourselves as our self care ultimately impacts our ability to be fully present to our clients.

Creativity in a World of Chaos

The topic of the IMHCA 2017 Fall scholarship asked applicants to answer the four questions: In what ways have you experienced (or imagine) creativity impacting the therapeutic relationship? What are your challenges and hopes with bringing creativity into the room? How do you plan on staying balanced while navigating the chaotic outside world? How does this impact your ability to tap into creativity?

The essay that was chosen as the recipient of the scholarship was submitted by Ashley Andersen from Northwest Nazarene University. She plans on graduating in Spring of 2020. We would also like to recognize Laura Bonneville from University of Idaho as an Honorable Mention. She will be graduating May of 2018. Thank you, Ashley and Laura.

Ashley Andersen

Northwest Nazarene University, school counseling track with an emphasis in play therapy

Spring, 2020

“I am currently interested in research on the use of play therapy techniques as a part of the counseling process. My undergraduate thesis was centered on art therapy as a treatment for eating disorders, and I hope to continue research in creative therapies moving forward”.


Laura Bonneville

University of Idaho

May, 2018

“For many years I worked with victims of intimate personal violence.  I have always felt drawn to this population and would like to continue that work as a therapist and advocate”. 

We had several applicants this year from every counseling program offered in Idaho. We would like to thank all of those who applied- your thoughtful submissions were heartening and inspiring.


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.” 

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