Welcome to the official website of the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors Association. The site is loaded with great information for New Hampshire Mental Health Counseling Association members, non-member mental health professionals, and members of the general public. It is our goal to continue to build and expand the site as time goes on and as we collect feedback that helps us improve its look, feel, and content.
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Over the last month we have had an open comment period allowing NHMHCA members to consider the addition of an Executive Director position. I’m happy to announce that after many hours of work, discussion between Board members, accepting comments from the membership, talking with other state counseling organizations and the national organization, we finally reached a point where members of the NHMHCA Board could take a vote on this new position. The vote was in the affirmative with no negatives and no abstentions. I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in this process. Now the next step is to post the position and start the formal search.
Here are the steps in the search process. We will post the position description here on the front page of our website. It’s the same description that has been posted in the Members Only area for review by our membership, but now we’re looking for wide-spread dissemination. My hope is that you read the description, let us know if you feel qualified and are interested, or pass it on to others you may know who you think are qualified. You may also nominate someone by forwarding their contact information, including email address to me. It just makes sense to ask for everyone’s help in finding the best possible candidates.
To apply a candidate would need to submit a resume that includes standard information along with counseling organization affiliations such as AMHCA, NHMHCA, ACA and so on, a copy, scan or photocopy of their active New Hampshire LCMHC license, three professional letters of reference with contact information, and a cover letter. The cover letter should state why the applicant believes he or she is qualified for the position, why he or she is interested in the position, and what specific experiences the applicant has had that seem relevant. Members of the NHMHCA Board of Directors will then review every complete package and select applicants for a telephone interview. Telephone interviews will take place with at least two members of the Executive Board, present. Based on these telephone interviews, the Executive Board members will make recommendations to the full NHMHCA Board of Directors; providing names of those who the Executive Board feels should be brought in for in-person interviews. Then the final selection will be made by a vote of the Board of Directors.
Applications and nominations should be sent to me at president@NHMHCA.org, or mailed to my office address at:
H. Alan Goodman, Ph.D.
Novus Vita Counseling, Pllc.
1361 Elm St
Suite # 400
Manchester, NH 03101
The search will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be forwarded to Executive Board members. All candidates are evaluated without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status or the presence of a non-job related handicap.
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October 17, 2014
Fall Workshop: Developing Expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
Insomnia is one of the most prevalent health complaints. It affects 15-33% of the population with even higher prevalence rates in clinical populations as a primary or secondary disorder. Although cognitive-behavioral therapy is now considered the first-line treatment for chronic insomnia due to its superior long-term efficacy, lack of side effects, and patient preference, there is a shortage of clinicians with expertise in CBT. This workshop will enable clinicians to develop competence in CBT for insomnia (CBT-I) using an empirically and clinically validated CBT protocol. It is based on twenty five years of clinical practice and research at Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center involving over 10,000 insomnia patients and a landmark federally-funded study conducted at Harvard Medical School by Gregg D. Jacobs, Ph.D. and colleagues demonstrating that the same CBT-I protocol was more effective than Ambien (Jacobs, GD, et al. Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Pharmacotherapy for Insomnia: a Randomized Controlled Trial and Direct Comparison. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004, 164: 1888-96).
Next Board Meeting (more information)
Peer Consultation Groups - A proposal has been made to start local groups for collaboration and consultation. To find out more about this initiative or to get involved go to the Members Only site.
There are two bills working their way through the state legislature. As you read this one or both may be making its way to the Governor’s desk – we can’t know the speed of the process, but we thought our membership should be aware of these bills. HB1442 establishes mental health Courts. On the surface this seems like a good thing and it has been used in other states, but the way our version is written, it protects the accused by allowing their record to be expunged should they meet the requirements of the court. In other words, no matter the issue, even if it is a violation that might make us concerned should the accused later decide to become a counselor, there would be no reason for the person to divulge their past indiscretions. Spousal abuse, child abuse or what have you would all be hidden from the licensing board. Consider what this means. The fire department might hire someone who in the past had set fires. The police force, behavioral health fields, educational facilities and more would all be at risk of hiring a person who has a problematic history. Don’t you want to know about the people teaching your children? We believe HB1442 is a problem because it may protect the accused at the expense of the public. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1442.html
SB0270 is interesting in that it probably won’t have much effect, but the makeup of the board is a concern for us. The bill states “This bill establishes a commission to study mental health implementation in New Hampshire.” But those doing the studying are as follows: (1) Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate; (2) Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; (3) The chief executive officer of the New Hampshire hospital, or designee; (4) The commissioner of the department of corrections, or designee; (5) A public member with a mental illness, appointed by the governor. Do you notice something missing? There is no requirement for a behavioral health professional to be included in the study. We also think number 5 is problematic. Ethically we wonder how they will protect the identity of the public member with a mental illness. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/SB0270.html
You may read the full text of this legislation by selecting the provided links. Then you may consider writing to your representative.
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Who are Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors?
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors are skilled professionals, educated at a Master's degree level or beyond, who provide personalized, evidence-based therapy to people with mental and/or emotional distress. Our understanding of human nature and psychology utilizes a practical, problem-solving approach that facilitates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution. We are committed to professional ethical standards and respect the dignity and diverse cultural background of all those who seek our care.