A series of public comment sessions are being held around the state to allow interested parties to give feedback on the Division of Social Services code of regulations. Click on the link below to get dates for upcoming meetings in your area.
Greitens' Executive Order 17-03
This is a great opportunity to let state officials know of the discrimination that LPCs receive when it comes to being allowed to serve populations currently served by our colleagues in under Social Work and Psychologist Licensure.
Early Registration Closing Soon
Don't miss out on early registration for the 2017 MMHCA Annual Conference! Get more information, sign up and book your room by clicking the button below. We are offering 20 hours of continuing education credits as opportunities to network with counselors from around the state.
WASHINGTON, DC – A groundbreaking collaborative effort of four major professional counseling organizations aimed at improving access to quality mental health care nationwide has resulted in a proposed uniform portability plan called the National Counselor Licensure Endorsement Process.
The four organizations – the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) – believe that a uniform licensure endorsement process will:
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The 2017 MMHCA Annual Conference will be held at the DoubleTree in Springfield, MO. The dates had been announced a few weeks ago but now we have secured our location! The DoubleTree (by Hilton) is an amazing property with high-end features and amenities.
We are now turning to creation of the conference schedule. We will release an outline of CEUs and preliminary schedule in the coming weeks. Additionally, a CALL FOR PROGRAMS will be sent out to solicit high-quality training opportunities.
MMHCA is proud to announce that we will be hosting a Supervision Training Workshop in Kansas City, MO. This will be just around the corner on June 9th! Click on the link below for more information and to register for this event!
Training will be conducted by Dr. Regina Staves. This training meets the Missouri requirement for supervising PLPCs.
MMHCA is proud to announce that we will be hosting a Supervision Training Workshop in Springfield, MO. This will be just around the corner on MAY 5th! Click on the link below for more information and to register for this event!
Training will be conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Cornelius-White, from the Department of Counseling at Missouri State University. This training meets the Missouri requirement for supervising PLPCs.
The Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association is pleased to inform you that the 2017 Annual Conference will be held in Springfield, MO October 12th - 14th.
Up to 20 high quality CEUs will be offered at this year's conference. We are tweaking the format a to bring you the best quality CEUs we can provide!
We are proud to announce that we will be offering exclusive training and networking opportunities for students and new professionals at this years conference.
Additional details will be coming soon and registration will open by April 1st.
JOIN MMHCA to get discounted registration for this and all other MMHCA training events throughout the year!
MIssouri LPC licenses will expire on 6/30/2017.
We have received an update from the Committee for Professional Counselors stating that renewal notices will be sent out at least 60 days prior to that date. Verification of Continuing Education experience is a part of the renewal process and we have been informed that a random audit of licenses regarding CE compliance will be done for the 2015-2017 licensure cycle.
Audit notices will be sent out sometime in August.
It is important that you have your Continuing Education hours documented and associated certificates and verifications ready for any potential audits.
For more information you can visit the committee's website http://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp
Check out this document outlining the continuing education requirements and how to document those.
On Student Legislative Day 2017 we had over 40 students and faculty members gathered to advocate for the professional of counseling in the state of Missouri. We had the opportunity to talk with about 20 representatives regarding House Bill 873, which, if passed, will allow Licensed Professional Counselors the opportunity to serve more people, especially in rural areas in which services are not readily available due to insurance restrictions and limited care providers. It was also a great time to meet fellow students and future colleagues from around the state while we united around the cause of our profession.
**This opportunity to advocate is not over. If you would still like to be involved in the process of advocating, especially for House Bill 873, then contact your representative, asking for his or her support. Every effort makes a difference!"
You can find out who your legislators are using the legislator lookup tool http://www.senate.mo.gov/LegisLookup/Default.aspx
MMHCA has been in contact with the Committee for Professional Counselors regarding our efforts to update the education standards for LPCs to be more in line with national trends. This effort is designed to align Missouri's licensure requirements with national education standards and improve our position for further advocacy for the expanded rights and privileges of Missouri LPCs.
We have been informed by the Committee that an Executive order by newly elected Governor Greitens has frozen the review process until his administration is fully in place an able to review the issues at hand. This freeze extends to all state agencies. A link to Executive order 17-03 can be found below.
We have been assured by the committee that this issue will remain on the agenda. Further action on this issue should not be expected until this Summer or Fall.