Sand Play Therapy Training Opportunity!

Good Afternoon, Integrative Counseling Solutions invite YOU to join us for two days of Sand Play Therapy Training with Dr. Terry Kottman on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at the Gold Star Museum & Training Center in Johnston, IA.   This program is open to all graduate students and licensed social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists,…
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2018 IMHCA Conference: Call for Programs

2018 Call for Programs DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOV. 30 Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) 12th Annual Conference Submission Deadline: Presentations must be received by November 30, 2017 Thursday, May 3rd & Friday, May 4th 2018 Airport Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321…
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Training: Adlerian Play Therapy

The Integrative Institute for Play Therapy is excited to announce this upcoming training in Adlerian Play Therapy. Saturday September 16 ,8-4 at Embassy West in West Des Moines. 8 CEs count towards APT Registered Play Therapist Kristin Meany-Walen, PhD, LMHC, RPT-S is an assistant professor at the University of Northern…
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2017 Conference Presentation Notes Available

A number of our presenters graciously provided their notes for us to post on our website. Please do not distribute or reproduce these in any way, they are solely for the continuing educational purposes of those counselors and students who attended the conference. You can view these presentations by following…
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2017 Legislative Update -Second Funnel

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association Legislative Update – March 31, 2017     Under the Golden Dome The Legislature concluded its second funnel week, a time when all policy bills must have passed one chamber and a committee in the opposite chamber to remain alive.   This does not apply to…
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AMHCA Elections-Support Kristy Brown!

IMHCA proudly endorses Iowa’s very own Kristy Brown, LMHC, NCC, CADC for the position of Midwest Region Representative with the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Kristy has been active in our state chapter for a number of years and has advocated tirelessly for LMHCs across the state since accepting the President-Elect…
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2017 Legislative Update – Funnel Week

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Legislative Update – March 3, 2017 Under the Golden Dome The Legislature concluded its first funnel week, a time when all policy bills must have passed a committee in one chamber to remain alive. One of the most controversial bills, HSB 138 died a quick death after marriage…
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HSB 138 is Dead, Feb. 28, 2017

HSB 138 is officially dead! Thanks to all of you who emailed, called and attended the subcommittee.  Today, HSB 174 was introduced and includes a ban on any new licensure programs and establishes a licensure board programmatic review committee. It does not impact licensure for marriage and family therapists, mental health…
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Update on HSB 138

UPDATE ON HSB 138; Feb. 24, 2017 There has been a flurry of activity related to the proposal to eliminate licensure for social workers, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists. This move calls into question insurance and Medicaid reimbursement issues that could reduce access to mental health services,…
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ACTION ALERT! Feb. 23, 2017

Attention Providers! Your license to practice is currently under attack! The Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) has issued a call to action in opposition of HSB 138, a House Study Bill proposed by Governor Branstad that would take away a protection for Iowans as well as put Iowa last in…
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2017 Day on the Hill Advocacy Event

Join us at the capital on Monday, March 13th, 2017, starting at 2 PM! See additional details on our event page: https://imhca.net/events/day-on-the-hill/
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Mental Health Champion Award Nominations

Nominate someone for this award! More information and the nomination form is found on this page: https://imhca.net/2017-mental-health-champion-award/
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Scholarships for 2017

IMHCA Scholarship Application Academic and conference scholarships are awarded annually to a limited number of IMHCA members. In 2017 one $1000 academic scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student member, and three  scholarships will be offered to cover the price of the annual conference (one will be awarded to…
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2017 Legislative Update (Week 4)

IMHCA Legislative Update February 3, 2017 Under the Golden Dome We are four weeks into the legislative session that has largely been defined by divisive issues, lack of civility and general inability to come together for the good of Iowa.   It is only destined to get worse as legislators settle…
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IMHCA 11th Annual Conference – Program Descriptions

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association 11th Annual Conference The Well-Rounded Practitioner: Integrating Facets of Mental Health Holiday Inn Des Moines – Airport Conference Center Hotel; 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321 May 4, 2017 – May 5, 2017 This is a full description of each breakout session with learning…
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2017 IMHCA Conference Exhibit Space Application

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association 11th Annual Conference & Exhibition Holiday Inn Des Moines – Airport Conference Center Hotel, Des Moines, IA Show Dates: May 4-5, 2017 Thank you for your interest in being an exhibitor at our conference! Space Selection: Exhibitor table selection will be on a first-come, first…
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2017 IMHCA Conference Sponsorships

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association 11th Annual Conference May 4-5, 2017 Holiday Inn Des Moines - Airport and Conference Center 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321 515-287-2400 All 2017 IMHCA Conference Sponsors are recognized on the IMHCA Conference Web site, at the event, in printed materials, from the podium…
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2017 Conference: Brief Description of Breakout Sessions

Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association 11th Annual Conference The Well-Rounded Practitioner: Integrating Facets of Mental Health Holiday Inn Des Moines – Airport Conference Center Hotel; 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321 May 4, 2017 – May 5, 2017 This is a brief description of all available breakout sessions at the…
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IMHCA Foundation 5th Annual Golf Fundraiser

IMHCA Foundation 5th Annual Golf Fundraiser   Iowa Mental Health Counseling Association needs your help!   IMHCA is hosting the 5th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser to be held on Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at 8:30 am, at the Toad Valley Golf Course in Pleasant Hill IA.   The IMHCA Foundation…
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2017 IMHCA Conference: Call for Programs

2017 Call for Programs Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA) 11th Annual Conference Thursday, May 4th & Friday, May 5th 2017 Airport Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50321 (515) 287-2400 Submission Deadline: Presentations must be received by December 5, 2016 Share Your Knowledge…
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Pictures from the 2016 Conference

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2016 Conference Materials

Our keynote speaker, and some of our breakout session speakers, graciously allowed us to provide their slides and/or presentation notes to you. We have attached them here. Keynote Slides Keynote Common Pitfalls Keynote Messages and Statistics Interculturally Sensitive Counseling Slides Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Slides Sand Tray Experience Slides Attachment…
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Successful 2016 IMHCA Conference!

We had a wonderful 2016 Conference! Thank you to Sue Heitshusen, the entire conference committee, and our conference sponsors!
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Legislative News March 2016

IMHCA Government Relations Committee Update; March 2016 See the picture from our "Day on the Hill" and read this update in a nice format by clicking the link to the PDF at the bottom of this article! Summary of Public Policy and Mental Health Awareness Efforts March was a busy…
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Legislative News February 2016

Legislative news - 02/03/2016 Managed Care Organizations Quick Update From Our Legislative Lobbyist Wednesday, Feb. 3, we made some progress in working with IME on issues related to timely reimbursement and to credentialing. We are told that as of today, everyone should be up to date on reimbursements and that…
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Legislative News January 2016

Legislative news - 01/26/2016 January 24, 2016 Under the Golden Dome The second session of the two-year legislative cycle is largely focused on quickly resolving school funding for the next fiscal year. The resolution of this issue is critical to determining the other parts of the state’s budget. Committees are…
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Legislative News November 2015

Legislative news - 11/14/2015; Managed Care Organizations for Medicaid The State of Medicaid Managed Care The confusion and uncertainty surrounding Iowa’s move toward full managed care for the state’s medical assistance program is shared by nearly all providers. Recently, the federal Center for Medicare offered some insight into what steps…
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Legislative News April 2015

Legislative news -04/07/2015 It has been a few weeks since I let you know where things stand legislatively. To say that this is a disappointing session is an understatement. The fight over school funding coupled with a tight budget year means that budget targets have not yet been set. May…
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Board picture from 2015 Conference

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Legislative News March 2015

Legislative news - 3/9/2015 March 6, 2015 – First Funnel Update Under the Golden Dome There is no "fun" in funnel week. That mantra drives both legislators and lobbyists as they try to survive the chaos that results from the first legislative deadline to move bills forward. This winnowing process…
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Legislative News March 5, 2016

Legislative news - 3/5/2015 Great job by all of you who attended the legislative day! The conversations that you had with key legislators helped to elevate the facts about mental health services in Iowa and the need to provide incentives for those to enter the field. Here’s a quick recap…
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Legislative News February 2015

Legislative news - 2/19/2015 February 19, 2015 Under the Golden Dome It is two weeks to the first funnel deadline and action is heating up at the Capitol. Legislators are pushing to move their policy priorities through the process to survive for further consideration. A bill must have passed a…
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Legislative News May 2014

Legislative news - 05/01/2014 The 2014 session ended (sort of), 9 days after the statutory adjournment deadline and much later than had been anticipated when it convened in January.   The early agreement on the joint budget targets gave hope that the stage was set for a quick resolution to…
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Legislative News March 2014

Legislative news - 03/28/2014   Under the Golden Dome It’s that time of year when nothing seems to be happening as the legislature moves toward adjournment.  Much of the work is behind the scenes as the budget subcommittee chairs attempt to craft their spending priorities within the overall budget targets.…
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Legislative News March 6, 2014

Legislative news - 03/06/2014 Under the Golden Dome The winnowing of policy bills continues as the Legislature approaches the second legislative funnel.  By Friday, March 14, a bill must have passed one chamber and a committee in the opposite chamber to receive further consideration.  This translated into a lot of…
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Legislative News February 2014

Legislative news - 02/21/2014 Under the Golden Dome Combine funnel week with an impending blizzard and you get chaos. That is the best description for this week at the Legislature. In an effort to a) get bills through committee and b) finish work before the storm hits, committee meetings were…
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Legislative News February 6, 2014

Legislative news - 02/06/2014 Under the Golden Dome It takes a dedicated individual to keep track of all the subcommittee notices that fly from every direction.  The Legislature is on a fast track toward the February 21 funnel deadline by which time a bill must have passed a committee in…
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Legislative News October 2013

Legislative news - 10/27/2013 As we approach the start of the 2014 Legislative Session, IMHCA is once again encouraging mental health counselors throughout the state to voice their support of Medicare legislation covering the services of mental health counselors (MHCs) and marriage and family therapists (MFTs) under part B of…
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Legislative News June 2013

Legislative news - 06/04/2013 Legislative Session Ends Twenty Days Late In a split decision, the 2013 legislative decision ended officially on May 23.  The Senate adjourned sine die late on May 22 and the House followed suit on May 23.  The delay was due to a House rule that prohibits…
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Legislative News March 2013

Legislative news - 03/29/2013 Legislative Update The House unanimously passed an amended version of a bill to create a state licensure program for addiction counselors.  The amendments made changes that were designed to address concerns raised by IMHCA and further clarify scope of practice issues for the various levels of…
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Legislative News March 7, 2013

Legislative news - 03/07/2013 Legislative Funnel Report Involuntary Commitments: SSB 1192 (as currently numbered) implements the recommendations of the DHS/Judicial workgroup on streamlining commitment procedures. This bill includes language that allows the courts to develop a pre-screening mechanism that shall be offered before any involuntary commitment proceedings move forward. The…
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Legislative News February 2013

Legislative news - 02/21/2013 Impending Snowstorm Shortens Legislative Work Week In anticipation of a big snow event, both chambers cancelled nearly all work for Thursday to allow legislators time to get home in advance of the snow. The only subcommittee still being held is one in the Senate on Medicaid…
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Legislative News May 2012

Legislative news - 05/11/2012 Legislature Adjourns Nearly Three Weeks Late On Wednesday, May 9, the Iowa Legislature adjourned after a flurry of activity and lots of waiting during the previous three days. As is customary, most of the negotiations took place behind closed doors with only a few key leaders.…
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Legislative News May 3, 2012

Legislative news - 05/03/2012 Limping to the Finish LineThe Senate was in briefly to debate the standing appropriations bill on Monday but beyond that, neither chamber called members back to debate and finalize this legislative session.  Key members in both chambers continue to meet to strike a budget deal and…
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Legislative News April 2012

Legislative news - 04/27/2012 Budget Deal is Elusive The final budget deal which is necessary to conclude the 2012 legislative session remains out of reach. This leaves the various budget conference committees in limbo as they await the final allocations. In addition, the major policy issues – mental health, education…
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Legislative News March 2012

Legislative news - 03/09/2012 The Legislature continues its slow march to an early adjournment but veteran watchers of the process wonder if that will actually happen. The House and Senate both began work on budget bills but are significantly far apart on what should be spent in the upcoming fiscal…
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Legislative News February 2012

Legislative news - 02/27/2012 First Funnel Deadline Narrows Legislative Focus The first funnel deadline, the time by which a bill must have passed a committee in at least one chamber to remain alive, produced a flurry of activity. Subcommittees met at breakneck pace and full committees often times worked into…
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Legislative News February 16, 2012

Legislative news - 02/16/2012 Funnel deadline approaching The week before the first funnel deadline was dominated by subcommittees and the visit of the vice president of China. Work concluded early at the Capitol on Wednesday to accommodate the state dinner being held in the rotunda. Next week, all bills, except…
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Legislative News February 6, 2012

Legislative news - 02/06/2012 IMHCA/IAMFT Day on the Hill – Monday, February 6 (TODAY!!) Please join other mental health counselors at the Iowa State Capitol today, Monday, February 6, 2012 as part of our annual lobby day. IMHCA will partner with IAMFT to talk with legislators about issues important to…
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Legislative News January 2012

Legislative news - 01/26/2012 Legislative Work Plods Along The first two weeks of the session provided little excitement unless you followed the issues of education reform or property tax reform. Introduction of bills is moving slowly. Legislative leaders in both chambers have agreed to shorten the legislative session by 7…
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