Why join IMHCA?

The Idaho division of the American Mental Health Counselors Association is a supportive group of professionals who are passionate about  increasing mental health in our Idaho community. As dedicated clinicians, surrounding ourselves with other practitioners who care and understand the nuances of mental health is necessary for our own health and resilience to better serve our clients.

Benefits of being a member

  • Direct contact to IMHCA Board members, including the Executive Board
  • IMHCA represents its members and their concerns with Blue Cross, Optum, and Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses***
  • Receive newsletters, professional updates, and discounted admission to IMHCA’s highly rated ethic CEU classes
  • Personal access to other IMHCA professionals working in the field who have a wide variety of experience
  • Opportunities to attend Idaho Leadership Development Institute (LDI) for prospective leader positions in IMHCA's sub-committees
  • Access to current mental health information, updates from the Idaho Board of Licensure, and advocacy opportunities for our Idaho community
  • Professional development and retreat opportunities for your growth and progression as a mental health counselor
  • Scholarship and mentoring opportunities for graduate students to foster the upcoming counseling professionals
  • Professional identity, professional development, and networking opportunities with thoughtful and dedicated group of professionals
  • Notification via email of current activities/events, including legislation and mental health advocacy events
  • Opportunities to share professional expertise with fellow colleagues and the public

***If you have a specific procedural concern that you would like discussed with Optum, Blue Cross, or the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses please contact Brian Smith LPC at smitbr14@isu.edu (Optum) or Michelle Hopkins LPC at michellehopkinscounseling@gmail.com (Blue Cross & IBOL). 

Please contact our Membership board member, Jamie Van LPC at (jamievan@mbsidaho.com) for any membership questions. We would be privileged to add your experience and knowledge to our Idaho Mental Health Counselor Association ranks.

Testimonials from the board:

"IMHCA has been a way for me to connect with other dedicated counselors across the state, stay up to speed on the public policy surrounding professional counselors in Idaho, and contribute to the advancement of the profession". ~Past President, Steve Moody Phd, LPC

"I joined IMHCA to make a difference on a larger scale while being supported by some of the most knowledgeable and passionate counselors in Idaho". ~President, Michelle Hopkins LPC

"Having a supportive group of peers in the counseling community is essential for my own balance and health as I navigate my professional journey; IMHCA is a seamless fit." ~Membership Chair, Jamie Van LPC

"Learning about the mission of AMHCA, and about IMHCA's role in establishing our professional licensure, has inspired me.  I want to be a part of sharing pride in our profession in Idaho, of sharing information about the impact of what we are learning about human needs and behavior. And- I am motivated by gratitude for the amazing experiences I have had, and continue to have, being a part of this work." ~Mari Ellis, NCC, LCPC

2016/2017 Scholarship winners

Every year, a portion of membership dues are used to support counseling students in Idaho. Each winner submitted an essay regarding what types of support they want from professional organizations as new clinicians in the field. The recipients all received $250 cash and one was invited to attend the Idaho Counseling Association’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) in June, 2017 as IMHCA’s guest.

We are proud to introduce our 2016/2017 scholarship recipients. Each student submitted a thoughtful and inspiring essay. Krista Doubleday was chosen (and accepted) the LDI invitation.  Please read further to meet the students:

Krista Doubleday

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 

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

Northwest Nazarene University, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health; Trauma, Grief and Crisis emphasis

June 2017

"I hope to work with male trauma sexual abuse survivors suffering with co-occuring addictions, adolescents, and LGBTQ population"


Candace Woodroof

Northwest Nazarene University, Master of Science in Clinical Counseling

May 2019

"I am interested in attachment theory and how attachment imprints our relational style"


~Thank you to all who are a part of IMHCA as our dues go to the students~

~A deep thanks to all those whom submitted an essay~


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