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Advocacy Ideas.

Below is a list (in no particular order) of ideas for  state licensed counselor advocates. Please share ideas you have that are not listed here by sending an e-mail to sburns1@kent.edu.

1. Write a letter/e-mail to a state or national legislator to advocate for your license.
Click here to learn how to write the letter/e-mail
Click here to learn how to be aware of legislative issues of interest to counselors
2. Present on some aspect of counselor advocacy to counselors in the classroom and/or at conferences, meetings, and workshops.
3. Donate your advocacy resources to http://www.statelicensedcounseloradvocate.org so that other counselors can benefit from your experience and knowledge.
4. Contribute an article submission to http://www.statelicensedcounseloradvocate.org so that other counselors can benefit from your experience and knowledge.
5. Serve as a member of a professional advocacy/professional identity committee for your local, state, or national counselor association.
6. Hold an elected office for your local, state, or national counselor association.
7. Testify to your counselor board to promote your license and scope of practice.
8.  Testify at a state or national congressional hearing to promote your license and scope of practice.
9. Attend a counselor legislative advocacy day or advocacy training institute.
10. Call, e-mail, write, or visit your  state or national legislator to advocate for your license and scope of practice.
11. Become active on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc) and provide detailed, accurate information and correct those who are misinformed about professional identity and ethics and promote education and visibility of our profession.
12. Hold a free talk at your local library or community center educating the public on the importance of state licensed counselors for delivering counseling services.
13. Advocate for your state counselor license when applying for jobs by listing your scope of practice on your cover letter.
14. Have your title on your door, on your business cards, on the organization's website, etc. list you specifically as your state licensed counselor title and not "guidance counselor" or "therapist."
15. When you see  individuals practicing counseling without a license, refer them to your state counseling board.
16. 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 Take Action!
17. Visit the Legislative Affairs section of the American School Counseling Association website to keep current on national legislative issues affecting counselor practice -- And Take Action!
18. Speak on a topic of your expertise to counseling students and new professionals through counselor education programs, Chi Sigma Iota chapters, or national, state, and local counseling associations.
19. Obtain your CEUs and/or IPDPs from presenters who are state licensed counselors.  
20. Feature a counselor who is engaged in service to the profession of counseling each month through your work, counselor association, or group on their website and send a press release to the local media.
21. Help other counselors get established at your place of employment or private practice.
22. Speak at undergraduate clubs, associations, and classes about the counseling profession.
23. Create a display booth about the counseling profession and talk to attendees of wellness fairs and community showcases about the benefits of services provided by professional counselors.
24. Sponsor counseling students and/or new state licensed counselors to attend local, state and national counseling conferences.
25. Volunteer to help at your local, state, or national counseling association's events.
26. Donate money to your state professional advocacy efforts organized through your state counseling association. 
27. Donate merchandise or help find donations that will support the work of your local and state counseling association.
28. Attend or present workshops on counselor wellness.
29. Obtain or offer training in professional identity to counselors.
30. Serve on a national, state, or local counseling association committee.
31. Donate your time and/or money to help pass mental health levies in your area.
32. Attend or present on leadership development for counseling students and new professionals.
33. Attend or present on how to give presentations at the national, state and local levels.
34. Be a mentor for a new professional or obtain a mentor as a new professional.