“Diverse Perspectives for Multi-cultural Counseling and embracing seasonal changes.”
Greetings my IAMC Colleagues,
Although I have been blogging to you for the past six month, August began my official tenure as President for this esteemed organization. I am excited about reaching out to all of you and continuing to share some of the good work we are doing as counselors. This year, I would like to spotlight through a bi-monthly blog some of this fantastic work that we are doing to promote multi-cultural counseling with our diverse clientele. Some of you work in private practice, others for agencies, schools, etc. and many have informally shared wonderful stories (filled with passion and enthusiasm) about how you serve your diverse clients. I sincerely believe that it is through sharing our wide range of experiences, challenges, resources and creative solutions for change that we continue to thrive and grow as practitioner. (Below this month’s featured blogger -Mr. Rodney Bullock)
Next, I want to introduce myself and the team of IAMC Counselors that will be working with you this year. Ms. Linda Jackson-Brown is President elect for 2015/16 and Ms. Kasia Wereszczynska is our President, elect for 2016/17. Both of these ladies bring in a wealth of counseling experiences and have been supportive of ICA and IAMC for a number of years. Ms. Patricia Merriweather-Lampkin (an ICA Past-President) continues to serve as our treasurer and recent GSU Counseling graduate, Ms. Tracy Theard serves as our secretary. We look forward to having more of you join us in our efforts to promote and sustain the work of IAMC. Additionally, we are looking for nominations for the annual “Outstanding IAMC Individual” award, someone who is actively promoting multicultural counseling through his or her work. You may also nominate an “Outstanding Counseling program”. The individual and/or program will be honored at the ICA conference in November. The individual must be a member of ICA and IAMC or for a program, at least one member belongs to ICA and IAMC. Please e-mail me for a nomination form, and forms are due by Friday, October 24th.
Lastly, I wanted to thank everyone who made it out to our “Diversity Perspectives” workshop; which was hosted by the Adler School of Professional Psychology’s counseling program on Friday June 20, 2014. Long time IAMC and ICA counseling member Eric Dutt, presented on “Cultural Perspectives and Grief and Healing.” We had a good turnout of professionals on a beautiful summer day in Chicago. Additionally, IAMC had also planned to host a 2nd workshop on August 15th (with the topic of ‘Cultural implications for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault”). This event had to be postponed until this fall and is now scheduled during Domestic Violence Awareness month, Oct, 23rd from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Joliet Junior College. To register for this event, go to the ICA website. The cost for CE’s is $20. Light refreshments will be provided. The workshop is free if you are not wanting CE’s, however you still must register on line.
Please let me know if you are interested in working more closely with IAMC this year. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing some of you soon.
2014/15 IAMC President