Fall 2017 Scholarship winner

Every year, a portion of membership dues are used to support counseling students in Idaho. Each student who entered an essay wrote about how they plan utilizing creativity in the therapy room. One recipient received $500 cash and one was the Honorable Mention.

We are proud to introduce our 2017 Fall scholarship recipient. We had several entries and each counseling program in Idaho was represented. Each student submitted a thoughtful and inspiring essay. Ashley Andersen's essay was chosen to be the recipient of $500 cash prize. Please read further to learn a little about her and our Honorable Mention:

Ashley Andersen- Grand Prize

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- Honorable Mention

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."


~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~


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

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