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State Licensed Counselor Advocates

Being recognized as a State Licensed Counselor Advocate means that an individual has performed at least 10 professional advocacy activities that promote state licensed counselors (mental health counselor, school counselor, career counselor, college counselor, marriage and famliy counselors, and rehabilitation counselor). You can be listed on this site by emailing sburns1@kent.edu your 10+ activities and indicating what state counselor license you hold and your state after your name as you would like it posted on the site.

Carol Ball, M.A., LPCC/S (Ohio)
1. My experiences as an adjunct professor led me to an awareness of the need for high caliber internship programs in Ohio for counselor trainees. Consequently, C. J. Hendry & Associates, Inc. has developed a structured and comprehensive internship program through which counselor trainees receive rigorous training in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of mental and emotional disorders. 

2. Having been unable to find appropriate documentation materials for counselors under supervision, I developed and wrote a comprehensive supervision training manual with an emphasis on documentation. 

3. Provided workshops, seminars, retreats, and training programs for local community and church leaders since 1987 in order to raise awareness of mental health issues, the profession of counseling, and provide resources for healing. 

4. Provided workshops at the IX-Center for the COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises) Business Expo on the Personal and Professional Development Track in order to educate business personnel in psychosocial factors related to professional productivity. Raised awareness of the counseling profession among over 100 workshop attendees. 

5. Applied for a COSE 10 Under Ten Award in 2010. Consequently, C. J. Hendry & Associates, Inc. was selected as one of COSE’s top 10 small businesses to receive this award based on the criteria: 10 or fewer equivalent employees, best practices in innovation, growth/success, value to the community and environment, diversity, promotion and customer service excellence. The award was received at the Business Expo luncheon at the I-X Center with 500 businesspeople in attendance. The award recipients were also featured in the COSE Update magazine in November 2010 in a supplemental booklet.

6. Featured in COSE Update “My Cause” section, a business magazine, July 2011; this was a full page color feature which provided the opportunity to describe the counseling business and respond to eight questions that pertain to business practice. 

7. Featured in COSE Magazine as a Loan Star indicating how the counseling center was able to obtain a mortgage to buy additional suites in order to expand their counseling and continuing educational services. 

8. Article in Smart Business in conjunction with VP of PNC Bank raised awareness of the counseling profession.

9. Panel presentation at a plenary session of the National Conference of Order of St. Luke the Physician (OSL) in 2009 at Baldwin-Wallace College; presented a workshop for conference attendees and raised awareness of the counseling profession. 

10. Presented a workshop at a healing conference in Vancouver, WA, 2010 integrating psychology and faith perspectives in order to assist participants in their journey towards wholeness and raised awareness of the counseling profession. 

Stephanie T. Burns, Ph.D., LPC (Ohio and Michigan)
1. Burns, S. (2011). Calling All Chapters: Annual Advocacy Heroes and Heroines  Interviews And Awar. Exemplar (Newsletter of Chi Sigma Iota International) 26(2), 4-5.

2. Burns, S. (2010). Effectively Communicating to Impact Career Development Legislation and Programming. Presented at the National Career Development Association’s World Conference. San Francisco, CA.

3. Cruikshanks, D., Burns, S., & Schubert, K. (2010). The Professional Advocacy Committee of Chi Sigma Iota Presents: Habits of Highly Effective Counselor Advocates. Presented at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Conference. Pittsburg, PA.

4. Burns, S., Hinkle, M., Perjessy, C., Love, E., & Rainey, S. (2009). Effectively Communicating to Impact State Legislation. Presented at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Conference. Charlotte, NC.

5. Cruikshanks, D., Burns, S., Alli, R., Duba, J., Roseman, C., Lipford-Sanders, J., & Bruce, A. (2009). Chi Sigma Iota Presents: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Professional Advocates. Presented at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Conference. Charlotte, NC.

6. Cruikshanks, D., Roseman, C., Burns, S. & Bruce, A. (2008). Chi Sigma Iota Presents: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Professional Advocates. Presented at the All Ohio Counselors Conference of the Ohio Counseling Association. Columbus, Ohio.

7. Burns, S., Guillot Miller, L., Brace, A., Rovnak, A., Hinkle, M., Gruca-Hall, B., Howell, T., Vitale, R.,  & Hall, K. (2008). Ohio SB-53: Effectively Communicating to Impact Counseling Legislation. Presented as a CEU workshop for the North Central Ohio Counseling Association. Kent, Ohio.

8. Co-Chair, CSI Professional Advocacy Committee, Chi Sigma Iota International (CSI) (2010-present)

9. Counselor Professional Identity Chair, Ohio Counseling Association (OCA), 2011-2012 

10. Committee Member, CSI Professional Advocacy Committee, Chi Sigma Iota International (CSI) (2007-2010)

11. Designed, produced and placed "got a sate licensed counselor?" sticker on car.

12. Createdwww.statelicensedcounseloradvocate.org

13. I list my scope of practice on my cover letters.

14. I have my state licensed counselor  title on my door, on my business cards, on my organization's website, etc.

15. I have gone to Washington D.C. to speak with my Senators and Representative about Medicare coverage for counselors.

Daniel R. Cruikshanks, Ph.D., LPCC-S (Ohio)
1. President, Ohio Counseling Association, 2007-2008

2. Cruikshanks, D., Burns, S., & Schubert, K. (2010). The Professional Advocacy Committee of Chi Sigma Iota Presents: Habits of Highly Effective Counselor Advocates. Presented at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Conference. Pittsburg, PA.

3. Cruikshanks, D., Burns, S., Alli, R., Duba, J., Roseman, C., Lipford-Sanders, J., & Bruce, A. (2009). Chi Sigma Iota Presents: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Professional Advocates. Presented at the American Counseling Association’s Annual Conference. Charlotte, NC.

4. Cruikshanks, D., Roseman, C., Burns, S. & Bruce, A. (2008). Chi Sigma Iota Presents: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Professional Advocates. Presented at the All Ohio Counselors Conference of the Ohio Counseling Association. Columbus, Ohio.

5. Cruikshanks, D. R. (2007), Investigation of the Role of Clinical Supervisors in the Formation of Professional Identity in Young Counselors, Bi-Annual Conference of the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, October 2007

6. Sherman, N. E., Cruikshanks, D. R., Duba, J. D., Hartwig-Moorhead, H., Paez, S. B., and White, V. E. (2005), Professional Advocacy: A Foundation for Client Advocacy, Bi-Annual Conference of the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, October.

 7. Sherman, N. E., Cruikshanks, D. R., Duba, J. D., Hartwig-Moorhead, H., Paez, S. B., and White, V. E. (2005), Professional Advocacy: A Foundation for Client Advocacy, American Counseling Association Annual Conference, March.

 8. Paez, S. B., Sherman, N. E., Cruikshanks, Hartwig-Moorhead, H. (2004), Professional Advocacy: Incorporating Activities and Strategies into Curriculum, Bi-Annual Conference of the North Central Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors, October.

9. Cruikshanks, D. R. and White, V. E. (2004), Readiness of Counseling Supervisors: A Study of Ohio Counseling Supervisor Competence, American Counseling Association Annual Conference, March.

10. Sherman, N. E., Cruikshanks, D. R., Duba, J. D., Hartwig-Moorhead, H., Paez, S. B., and White, V. E. (2004), Professional Advocacy: A Foundation for Client Advocacy, American Counseling Association Annual Conference, March.

11. Cruikshanks, D. R. and Williams, J. (2004), Professional Advocacy: Protecting Counselor Identity, Special Presentation, Chi Sigma Iota, American Counseling Association Annual Conference, March.

12. 
Co-Chair, CSI Professional Advocacy Committee, Chi Sigma Iota International (CSI) (2010-present)

13. Committee Member, CSI Professional Advocacy Committee, Chi Sigma Iota International (CSI) (2002-2010)

14. Created www.statelicensedcounseloradvocate.org

15. I have my state licensed counselor  title on my door, on my business cards, on my organization's website, etc.

16. I have referred several individuals to the state counseling board who were practicing counseling without a state license.

17. Placed "got a sate licensed counselor?" sticker on car and office door.

Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Ph.D, CLPC-S (ID), LCPC (NV) 1. I cover the need for licensure in all my graduate classes

2. I cover this in all upper level undergraduate classes

3. I advocate for individuals seeking lieensure by writing letters of recommendation for all former grduates of our program

4 I advocate for former graduates in the state of Nevada no matter what school they graduate from by wiritng letters, evaluating transpricts and developing course work to meet licensure needs

5. I advocate for those who have moved to Nevada and have held licenses in other states and are seeking licensure in Nevada

6. I am in constant contact with the state board over licensure issues and when students have difficulty getting LCPC-intern status I intervene with the state board.

7. Even though I am a lieensed professional clinical counselor in Idaho (supervisor status) and did not need licensure in Nevada, I went through the process to learn what my students were experiencing. 

8. I spent over 500 dollars to become licensed so I can advocate for the profession.

9. I am currenly working with our CHi Sigma Iota chapter to present the first LCPC conference in Nevada this spring

10. I am wiritng advocacy articles for the press and our campus website

11. All our students are encouraged to take the NCE and start the path towards licensure

Martin Ritchie, Ed.D., LPCC-S (Ohio)
1. Testified in favor of Virginia Licensure in 1975

2. Helped found Australian Board of Certified Counselors in 1982

3. Testified and wrote legislators in favor of Ohio Licensure in 1985

4. Co-founded IAMFC so marriage and family counselors could belong to ACA instead of AAMFT

5. Lobbied legislators to allow school counselor licensure independent of teacher licensure.

6. Spoke on behalf of counselors as president of NWOCA, OCA, OACES

7. Held legislative day in Toledo for elected officials to explain benefits of licensed counselors as providers

8. Require students to join ACA and write legislators in support of counseling issues

9. Wrote articles in Counseling Today as CACREP member supporting counselor identity

10. Work with non-accredited programs to help them strengthen professional identity.

Merril Simon, Ph.D., NBCC (CA)
1.  Wrote letters and called (and had students and alumni do the same) to all of our in-state legislators repeatedly during the process of state licensure to get our licensure bill passed. 

2. I am part of our professional counseling association advocacy committee and contacted many professionals in my region to write letters. 

3.  In 2008, 2009, 2010,and 2011,  presented on some aspect of counselor advocacy to counselors in the classroom and at conferences, meetings, and workshops. 

4. Served on my state's professional advocacy/professional identity committee as a member, board member, treasurer, and chair during 2000-2010 for the California Registry of Professional Counselors and as a board member and advocate for the California Coalition for Counseling Licensure (>4 years). 

5. Inaugural board member, co-chair, Ethics Committee of the California Association of Licensed Professional Counselors (2011-2012) 

6. Encouraged grad. students from my grad. program to run for seat on CALPCC board. One did and she won :) 

7. In 2009 and 2010 testified to my counselor board to promote my license and scope of practice. 

8. Attended advocacy training institute in 2000 by the American Counseling Association 

9. In 2008, 2009 (multiple times), and 2010, called or visited my state legislator to advocate for my license and scope of practice.

10. Placed a "got a state licensed counselor?" sticker on my door and method of transportation. 

11. Advocated for state counselor license when applying for jobs by listing scope of practice in the cover letter. 

12. Have my title on my door, on business cards, websites, etc. list specifically my state licensed counselor title and not "guidance counselor" or "therapist." 

13. I visit the Legislative Update, Current Issues, and Call to Action sections of the American Counseling Association website to keep current on national legislative issues affecting counselor practice and respond with letters/calls every time my elected official is involved.

14. I provide licensure information to alumni and current grad. students in other counseling programs as an above-and-beyond to my role as a faculty member with current students. 

15. Co-taught ethics course (pro-bono) to alumni needing units in ethics toward grandparenting (2011).

Tamara Suttle, M.Ed., LPC (CO & TX)
1. I refer only to licensed mental health professionals (Here in the state of Colorado, licensure is not required for independent practice.)

2. Continue to advocate for licensure being required for independent practice in mental health

3. Provided feedback to DORA (our state licensing agency) concerning the need to implement continuing education requirements for counselors (Only implemented January 1,2011)

4. Communicated with leadership of Colorado Counseling Association concerning need for continuing education requirements and opportunities for counselors 

5. Provide monthly consultation group to multi-disciplined group of mental health professionals

6. Maintain a blog, Private Practice from the Inside Out, to support licensed therapists in developing strong private practices

7. Past President of the Colorado Licensed Professional Counselors Association

8. Speak at Aurora Mental Health Center to counseling interns concerning the need and path to licensure

9. Provide clinical supervision to counselors-in-training who are in pursuit of licensure

10. Speak to college classes on the benefits of licensure as a professional counselor

11. Volunteer on the Conference Committee of Colorado Counseling Association

12. Review proposals for the Colorado Counseling Association's annual conference

13. Presented workshops at Colorado Counseling Association's annual conference

14. Written letters and articles for local newspapers promoting the visibility and use of Licensed Professional Counselors

15. Continuing to advocate for more stringent criteria to be clinical supervisors of counselor who are seeking licensure

16. Include scope of practice on all letters of introduction and cover letters (thanks entirely to Stephanie Burns' website)

17. Prominently disply my licensure as a professional counselor on all marketing materials including business cards, letterhead, websites, email signature lines, and handouts

18. Provide letters of reference to assist in licensure

19. Provide recommendations of LPCs to employers seeking to hire new employees 

20. Advocate for those professionals who have relocated to Colorado from other states and are in pursuit of licensure

21. Work with counselors from non-accredited programs to help them strengthen their professional identity

Marjory Thompson, M.S., LPCC-S (Ohio)
1/2. I have made two trips to Washington DC in the last few years to advocate for counselor issues. 

3/4. I have met with my legislators on two seperate trips to DC to advocate for counselor issues. 

5. I attended the Senate debate on FMAP extension ( in the Gallery) in 2010. 

6. I continue to communicate regularly with my national legislators by phone and email on counselor issues. 

7/8. I have attended two national conferences in the Washington DC area to promote counselor advocacy.

9/10. At the state level I have attended 2-3 advocacy days for counselors. 

11/12. I have met with my state legislators personally on two occasions to advocate for counselor issues.

13. I continue to advocate at the state level by email and phone for counselor issues. 

14. I have developed a power point presentation on how to advocate at the national and state level. I presented this to our management team at South Community Behavioral Healthcare to increase advocacy. 

15. Most recently I am president of the Miami Valley Counseling Association and have adopted an advocacy platform. 

16. I attended in the gallery of the statehouse the finance committee hearing for the state budget in 2010.

LoVonne Rayne Turner, MS, NCC, LPC, (Virginia)
1. I regularly blog, Tweet, and post on FaceBook, Pinterest, Google+ about the issues facing counselors today; parity, licensure portability, licensing and education standards, professional identity, ethics, promotion of the counseling profession, public education, etc. as well as items that promote counselor identity. 

2. I am a member of several professional associations; ACA, VCCA, CSI, AACE. 

3. I am an active member on several boards on LinkedIn associated with the profession. As an active member of these blogs I provide detailed accurate information and correct members who disseminate or who are misinformed about professional identity, ethics, who are practicing with out a license, encourage advocacy, and promote education and visibility of our profession. 

4. I mentor and supervise new and upcoming counseling students and assist other professionals in any way I can, often several hours of my own time per week is spent answering calls and emails to help others trouble shoot and work through professional issues.

5. I have Licensed Professional Counselor on my website, my business cards, all of my email accounts, all of my social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Blog). 

6. I recently nominated myself for an appointment on the ACA board of Public Policy and Legislation Committee. 

7. I have written numerous letters to my congressional representatives. 

8. I have explained on every cover letter I have sent what an LPC is, and have advocated in person when applying for a position that an LPC was not directly advertised for (such as social work or psychologist) why an LPC is qualified for such position. 

9. I obtain all of my CEU's from state licensed professional counselors. I have sent in letters to the ACA asking for more advocacy. 

10. I have written numerous pieces for publication for the local newspaper, local magazines, and online blogs commenting on current events and/or educating the public about who/what counselors are and do and to gain exposure for professional counselors. 

11. I have spoken at local universities on who/what counselors are and do.

12. I donate time to Give An Hour project (which serves veterans, active duty, and their families) to be of service and to promote the profession of counseling among military. 

13. I monitor and correct others when I hear ignorance about counselors. 

14. I advocate for the counseling profession among the military (I live in a densely populated area) and the elderly.