Welcome to the newly revised MLPCA website! A team of members has worked diligently to make our website as user-friendly as possible. We look forward to hearing your feedback!
In November, we had a packed house for the annual membership meeting of the Mississippi Licensed Professional Counselors Association held at the MCA conference. If I could sum up the past year for MLPCA, it would be one word: membership. This year of membership includes an increase in overall membership, a new assessment of member needs, and a heightened focus on member benefits.
Increase: As an organization, we have grown significantly over the past few years. This year, we boast 175+ members and we are continuing to grow. What does that mean for you? Increased membership affords all LPC’s increased visibility at the state level. We now hold four voting positions on the MCA Executive Board which allows us to be integrally involved in the decision-making of the state organization. As one of the larger MCA divisions we were invited to host one of the three pre-conference Learning Institutes. Thanks to MLPCA member Dr. Laura Simpson for spearheading that effort!
Assessment: The Executive Council of MLPCA is interested in what members want and need from a professional organization. While networking, mentoring, and social opportunities still exist in MLPCA, we recognize the value of each membership dollar. Members have a right to expect that belonging to the organization is, in the words of ACA Executive Director Rich Yep, a “value added” experience. President Elect-Elect, Issac Boose, has formed a committee to conduct an online needs assessment of MLPCA membership. If you have not already responded to the call, look for an opportunity to do so soon. Your input matters!
Benefits: MLPCA continues to provide quality continuing education opportunities to ensure that Mississippi LPC’s receive the training they need to stay current in the profession. In addition to hosting one of this year’s pre-conference learning institutes, we have conducted supervision workshops and other advanced trainings across the state. Additionally, MLPCA members have served as guest speakers at regional and other meetings and continue to spread the word about the benefits of being an LPC. A “Coming Soon” benefit for members is a new, enhanced website.
MLPCA has renegotiated its website contract and has partnered with the same company that provides web hosting services for MCA. The hope is that moving to this platform will allow easier access to member services and improve the quality and frequency of communication with members. The website will also serve as a way to promote MLPCA to non–members.
I also hope you have had a chance to pick up some of the “goodies” we have floating around. Kahne Simmons has organized our marketing and developed some creative options for MLPCA – plus she stayed under budget! A second round of give-aways is on order for MCA Day at the Capitol.
With regard to legislative efforts, we continue to work closely with LeAnn Mayo and Capitol Resources on lobbying efforts for LPC’s. Day at the Capitol was an opportunity to showcase the role of Licensed Professional Counselors and the services we provide to clients in Mississippi. In February, 2009, MLPCA members were introduced on the floor of the legislature and dozens of LPC’s and graduate students attended meetings and met with their legislators. We are continuing to focus on Medicaid reimbursement of LPCs and are interested in changes to service provision within the Department of Mental Health that may impact LPCs.
What has become clear to me as MLPCA president is how quickly and enthusiastically this membership responds to calls for action. Whenever there has been a need expressed, one of you has stepped up to the plate. With expanded membership, we are able to bring more and more members into leadership roles. We have an Executive Council that is reflective of the regions and diversity of the state. I cannot thank each of you enough for your interest in the organization and your willingness to serve. Being an LPC is truly the highest level of professional functioning as a counselor in Mississippi and I am proud to be a part of such an outstanding and honorable group. Thank you for visiting our new website and thank you for your continued involvement!