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  • 09/11/2018 12:55 PM | Ashley Hamm (Administrator)

    It's time for our second installment our new member spotlight!  We would love to get to know our members through this question and answer format.  If you would like to be featured in a spotlight, please email us at houstonlpcassociation@gmail.com.

    This month's spotlight is on one of our board members, Ashley Hamm.  Read on to learn more about her!


    Tell us a little about yourself. Do you have any special license(s) or certification(s)?

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in the Heights neighborhood.  At my practice I see adults for counseling for concerns including stress, anxiety, burnout, and life transitions.  I also work part-time as a mobile assessor for Westpark Springs Hospital.

    Prior to opening my practice, I was a counselor for a hospital employee wellness program.  I have also worked in a partial hospitalization program, at a college counseling center, and at a crisis hotline.

    I am also certified as a Registered Health Coach.  I enjoy helping people change their habits for the better through health coaching!

    How long have you been a member of HLPCA and why did you join?

    I have been a member of HLPCA since 2011. I joined because I wanted to connect with other counselors.  As a student, I was hoping to learn more about what life is like after graduation.  I also love learning and enjoyed coming to the CEU presentations long before I needed them!

    I have been active on the board since 2012 when I became Communications Chair.  I have served in several roles including President.  Right now I am on the communications committee helping to manage the website.

    Are there other populations you would like to work with or specializations you would like to pursue?

    I'm really interested in helping people impacted by compassion fatigue.  Compassion fatigue is a particular type of chronic stress that comes with working with people who are physically or emotionally suffering.  I became interested in this when I was counseling hospital employees in my previous job.  I think it's an under-recognized problem among several industries (including our own!)

    As far as specializations, I love Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and I am planning on attending a multi-day training in November to advance my knowledge of that modality.  I have attended a few trainings on Compassion Focused Therapy and would love to continue to learn more about it.  I also have my eye on Somatic Experiencing and Internal Family Systems therapies - those are therapies that have really resonated with me as I've learned more about them.

    Tell us something about yourself other members may not know.

    I fell in love with running a few years ago and I'm training to run my 3rd marathon in December.  I also have a beautiful lazy cat who helps me slow down and focus on self-care!

    To connect with Ashley, message her on her HLPCA directory profile or by visiting her website!


  • 08/14/2018 2:24 PM | Ashley Hamm (Administrator)

    Join us for a fun time raising money and connecting with each other at the Walk for Mental Health Awareness on October 6!  Register now to start raising money and walk with us on October 6!  Plus, if you raise $100 or more, you'll get a free HLPCA t-shirt!!

    We are participating for our 4th year and we have set a goal of $1000 which will be donated to the Fort Bend Clubhouse.  HLPCA is also sponsoring a tent at the Walk and we will provide information about mental health and hand out some freebies.  Please consider registering to walk and join our Team.  If you cannot participate in the Walk, please consider making a donation to our Team to help us reach our $1000 goal!

    The Walk for Mental Health Awareness – Houston is a community based event that helps raise awareness and funding for Greater Houston area non-profit agencies and programs that provide mental health services; creating an environment for our positive public dialogue.

    There are two options to participate, donating to our team, or walking/fundraising, see below for instructions on how to get involved:

    Instructions for donating:

    Click on the link below to make a donation to the HLPCA Team.  Thank you for all your support!

    https://my.reason2race.com/HLPCA/TheWalkHouston2018


    Instructions for walking and fundraising:

    Registering for the walk requires registering in two places.

    1. First you’ll register on The Driven site, where you’ll pay $25.  This allows you to participate in The Walk and guarantees your free t-shirt.  

    Register here:  https://thedriven.net/event.race_reg2/eid/9757016789/rid/15478

    2.       Second you’ll register on Reason 2 Race.  This will create your fundraising profile.  Make sure you select "HLPCA - Fort Bend Clubhouse" to join our team!

    Register here: https://my.reason2race.com/account/register/thehoustonwalk/TheWalkHouston2018

    3.       Once you’ve registered in both places you are all set to raise money and walk with us on October 6!  We’ll be in touch with all our teammates closer to the walk to arrange meeting up.

     

    Location: Stude Park – 1031 Stude St., Houston, Texas 77007

    Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Registration at 7:00 A.M.

    Walk starts at 8:00 A.M.

    Mental Health Expo and door prizes start at 9:30 A.M.

    Finished by 11 A.M.

    If you have any questions or have any trouble signing up, please contact Janet Sullivan at jahs999@gmail.com.  Thank you so much for your support!


  • 06/24/2018 3:55 PM | Ashley Hamm (Administrator)

    Introducing a new member feature, our member spotlight!  We would love to get to know our members through this question and answer format.  If you would like to be featured in a spotlight, please email us at houstonlpcassociation@gmail.com.

    Our first spotlight is on one of our board members, Bjana Adams.  Read on to learn more about her!


    Tell us a little about yourself. Do you have any special license(s) or certification(s)?

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider.  I have worked with several populations to include, children, individuals infected with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS, and clients within a partial hospitalization program.

    My most recent population was sex offenders. For nearly seven years I worked with men and women serving sentences in Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for committing sex crimes. I was also contracted to provide treatment and assessment to sex offenders living in the community on parole or probation.

    Now, my most rewarding work is as mom to my seven-month old daughter.

    How long have you been a member of HLPCA and why did you join?

    I have been a member of HLPCA since October 2015. I joined because I wanted to be part of a professional organization for mental health counselors with whom I could network. It was also helpful that CEU's were offered monthly.

    Shortly after joining I became active on the Board of Directors. I have held the positions of Communications Chair and Social Chair.

    Are there other populations you would like to work with or specializations you would like to pursue?

    Yes, I have a few different populations of interest. I'm interested in working with survivors of sexual assault (as I've worked with the perpetrators) and survivors of domestic violence. I'm also interested in teaching at the community college level and have also considered working as a counselor at the college level. I have many other interests!

    Tell us something about yourself other members may not know.

    As a member of Toastmasters International, a world leader in communication and leadership development, I have earned the distinction of Competent Communicator. Also, although I haven’t had much time for it lately, I really enjoy West Coast Swing dancing.

    To connect with Bjana, message her on her HLPCA directory profile!

  • 04/25/2018 2:57 PM | Ashley Hamm (Administrator)

    Every year our board gathers to thank those who served on the previous year and welcome incoming board and committee members.  Usually we have this dinner in the summer, but thanks to our busy schedules and Hurricane Harvey, we did not meet until December.  We enjoyed dinner and drinks at Cane Russo.  The 2016-2017 board honored our President for that term, Patti Lawlor, for her incredible service with an engraved clock.







    If you would like to learn more about our board and how you can get involved, visit our board page.  We'd love to have your help.

  • 04/25/2018 1:47 PM | Ashley Hamm (Administrator)

    Sorry for the delay in posting this, but we wanted to share some photos from some of our events last year!  We had a great time networking with our members and finding ways in which we can help counselors stay connected.

    July 14, 2017: Our social at Beaver's!

    Thanks to Center for Discovery for hosting this fun event.  We loved seeing familiar faces and getting to know new ones!




    October 7, 2017: Walk for Mental Health Awareness

    This was our third year participating in this great event and our first year sponsoring and hosting a booth.  We had a coloring station and handed out our "Shine a light on mental illness" flashlights, which were a big hit!  Hope you'll join us this October when we plan to participate again as a team.






    December 8, 2017: Holiday Mix and Mingle

    We closed out the year with a bash at The Grotto.  This was one of our best attended events, everyone was ready to relax, connect, and enjoy some good food.





    See you all at our next event!  Check out our calendar page for details!

  • 08/09/2017 8:29 AM | Ashley Hamm (Administrator)

    This post is for the 2017 Walk - for instructions and details on joining the 2018 Walk, head to this page.

    The Walk for Mental Health Awareness – Houston is a community based event that helps raise awareness and funding for Greater Houston area non-profit agencies and programs that provide mental health services; creating an environment for our positive public dialog.

    HLPCA is participating for our 3rd year and we have set a goal of $1500 which will be donated to the Houston-Galveston Institute.  This year HLPCA is sponsoring a tent at the Walk and we will provide information about mental health and hand out some freebies.  Please consider registering to walk and join our Team.  If you cannot participate in the Walk, please consider making a donation to our Team to help us reach our $1500 goal!

    There are two options to participate, donating to our team, or walking/fundraising, see below for instructions on how to get involved:

    Instructions for donating:

    Click on the link below to make a donation to the HLPCA Team.  Thank you for all your support!

    https://my.reason2race.com/HoustonLPCAssociation/HoustonLPCAssociation-HoustonGalvestonInstitute2017/Donate

     

    Instructions for walking and fundraising:

    Registering for the walk requires registering in two places.

     

    Location: Stude Park – 1031 Stude St., Houston, Texas 77007

    Registration at 7:00 A.M.

    Walk starts at 8:00 A.M.

    Mental Health Expo and door prizes start at 9:30 A.M.

    Finished by 11 A.M.

    If you have any questions or have any trouble signing up, please contact Janet Sullivan at jahs999@gmail.com.  Thank you so much for your support!



  • 07/14/2017 1:22 PM | Ashley Hamm (Administrator)

    We are excited to start this blog to share what's going on at the HLPCA!  Our aim for this blog is to share photos and stories from recent events we've hosted, keep you updated on events we're excited about, and profile some of our members and the great work they are doing.

    If you are a member, you probably already receive a lot of news from us through email, but this blog is a chance to share a little more detail about the organization and what makes us great!  Our email newsletters, our facebook page, and the events page on our website will continue to remain great sources of information on what's upcoming, so make sure you stay updated with those sources regularly.

    If you have ideas for a blog post, or would like to be spotlighted as a profiled member, please email us at houstonlpcassocation@gmail.com.

    Looking forward to seeing you at our next events!

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