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
***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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Optum) or Michelle Hopkins LPC at email@example.com (Blue Cross & IBOL).
Please contact our Membership board member, Jamie Van LPC at (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
Idaho State University Meridian- Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
"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"
Boise State University, Master of Arts in Counseling, School Counseling Cognate
"I am really interested in working with first generation, undocumented, DACA, and Refugee students"
Northwest Nazarene University, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health; Trauma, Grief and Crisis emphasis
"I hope to work with male trauma sexual abuse survivors suffering with co-occuring addictions, adolescents, and LGBTQ population"
Northwest Nazarene University, Master of Science in Clinical Counseling
"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~