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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!