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May 2018 Newsletter

Tuesday, May 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: J.J. Meidl

From the Desk of the President Elect

LPCANC Welcomes Troy Schiedenhelm, our President-Elect

Let me first say hello to everyone.  This is my first contribution to The Counselor’s Voice LPCANC newsletter.  I am honored to be serving as your President-elect for this incredible organization, the only organization in North Carolina devoted to its LPCs.  It has been a very exciting first 6 months.  
I have had a wonderful time connecting with university graduate counseling programs across North Carolina.  I look forward to LPCANC developing sustainable collaborative relationships with these traditional CACREP North Carolina programs, plus other non-traditional CACREP programs, in these coming months.  These collaborative efforts have been extended to North Carolina clinical programs, plus to other national and state mental health-oriented organizations as well.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet the presenters and participants at the Mirror in Mirror Clinical Supervision training in Hickory.  Two remarkable LPCS presenters, Brian Hissom, MA and Dwaine Phifer, PhD, conducted this 45-hour LPCANC regional training.  In fact, Dr. Phifer is conducting another LPCANC regional clinical supervision training in Mocksville on May 12, 2018.  I plan to visit additional LPCANC regional trainings across North Carolina in the future.  The LPCANC Regional Representatives are a wonderful local resource.  Reach out to and stay in contact with your LPCANC Regional Representative.I was also a participant at the recent First Friday webinar for an Advocacy Legislative Update presentation presented by LPCANC’s Lobbyist, Ashley Perkinson.  This webinar was very informative and provides a wonderful foundation for LPCANC Advocacy Day’s Legislative Breakfast in Raleigh on June 14, 2018.  Join us!  We hope to see you on June 14th advocating for your LPC profession.

This year’s LPCANC Annual Conference is developing into a wonderful event.  The 2018 Conference is being held in Raleigh on October 25-27, 2018.  The Conference’s theme is “Counseling & Integrative Medicine: Enhancing Outcomes Through Collaborative Care.”  We are looking forward to this being the best Conference ever.  If you are interested in being a presenter, hurry, the deadline extension is approaching soon!

As I bring my first submission to The Counselor’s Voice to a close, I want to extend an expression of gratitude to all of the counseling graduate students, LPCAs, LPCs, and LPCSs for granting me this opportunity to serve you, the future and current Licensed Mental Health Counselors of North Carolina.  It is an honor and privilege that I do not take lightly.  I’m confident these next 6 months will be even more exciting and informative for me.  The next time you see me at a conference, a LPCANC regional training, or just around town, please feel free to stop and say hello in person.

Troy Schiedenhelm, EdD, LPCS, NBCFCH, DCC, CCMC

LPCANC President-elect  

LPCANC Advocacy

By Ashley Perkinson, LPCANC Lobbyist

The Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina’s (LPCANC) Advocacy Priorities for the 2018 Short Session of the North Carolina General Assembly

1. LPCANC supports inclusion of LPCs as providers allowed to conduct first evaluations for involuntary commitment in North Carolina:  This short session, a top priority for LPCANC advocacy is continued support for HB 425 Improve Utilization for Mental Health Professionals.  If passed by the Legislature, HB 425 would add LPCs as providers eligible to conduct first evaluations for involuntary commitment in North Carolina.  LPCANC is extremely appreciative of the primary sponsors of HB 425 who led the way for the bill’s successful passage by the North Carolina House of Representatives.  Those sponsors are Rep. Dobson, Rep. Dollar, Rep. Murphy, and Rep. Earle.  House Bill 425 passed the North Carolina House of Representatives unanimously and is still eligible for consideration by the General Assembly this short session.   It must pass the Senate and be signed by the Governor in order to become law.  LPCANC also supports SB 630 Revise IVC Laws to Improve Behavioral Health.  SB 630 is another bill that would add LPCs as providers eligible to conduct first evaluations for involuntary commitment in North Carolina.  LPCANC is very appreciative of the sponsors of SB 630.  The primary sponsors of SB 630 are Sen. Hise, Sen. Krawiec, and Sen. Randleman.  This bill passed the Senate in the 2017 long session and is still eligible for consideration by the General Assembly in the 2018 short session.

2. LPCANC supports efforts to expand opportunities for LPCs in the area of telehealth. LPCANC encourages the General Assembly to explore opportunities for LPCs in the area of telehealth in North Carolina.  LPCANC was pleased to see the recommendation from the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services for a statutory framework for telemedicine/telehealth and for the provision of those services by providers licensed under Chapter 90 of our General Statutes.  LPCs are Chapter 90 mental health providers.  LPCANC looks forward to supporting legislation that reflects the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee’s recommendation for greater utilization of telehealth in North Carolina for Chapter 90 providers like LPCs.

3. LPCANC opposes efforts to consolidate behavioral health licensing boards. The behavioral healthcare professions are each distinct and separate in training, curriculum and standards, ethics codes, accrediting bodies, scope of practice, and treatment modalities.

4. LPCANC supports improvements to Medicaid managed care.  As the North Carolina General Assembly looks at the framework of Medicaid transformation, LPCANC supports efforts to cut down unnecessary paperwork and administrative expenses for LPCs who provide Medicaid services.  LPCANC also supports adequate Medicaid reimbursement rates for quality behavioral health services.

ACA Conference Update and A Message about Advocacy from our Membership Chair, C. Michelle Hamilton

As a counselor, I am amazed at the resiliency of individuals to rise above circumstances and unimaginable life experiences. I value my role in the lives of the clients I serve as a supporter, challenger and witness to their change. And yet, I wonder if I am too comfortable in my role, as I sit with clients inside my office. Should my role include more advocacy to facilitate change not just inside my office, but at a systems level?

After attending the ACA conference last week in Atlanta and listening to the inspiring keynote addresses by Dolores Huerta and Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, I am questioning what Advocacy really means. Both keynote addresses highlighted messages of inclusiveness, respect and support. While I have enjoyed many keynote presentations at conferences over the years, I left uplifted more than ever this year.  I also felt “called out”, as a person and a professional. If there is a time to take a stand for our clients, these keynote speakers urged us to take action now. Like many busy professionals balancing family, work, and social relationships, I respond to calls from ACA and LPCANC to write to my government representatives, to support bills that affect the counseling field, and go out to vote, but usually with my “to-do” list running in my head. And yet, when hearing the life stories of the keynote speakers who have given up time raising their children, who have faced discrimination, and who have risen above their individual tasks and concerns to make a difference in the lives of generations, I feel challenged to do more to advocate for clients outside of the office setting. 

With diverse backgrounds in education, activism, labor unions, anthropology and leadership, both Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Dolores Huerta contributed to the message that as counselors, we have a responsibility to our field of practice to be “Healers” of our country, our clients, and ourselves. Since the conference, I have felt the weight of this responsibility in not just supporting clients inside the office with the tools of our trade such as, active listening, bullying prevention, and assertive communication, but outside the office too. Join me in Raleigh at the LPCANC Advocacy breakfast on June 14, 2018 to talk about how together we may turn thoughts and feelings into action!

If you are interested in learning more about the ACA Conference keynote speakers, visit the ACA website and Counseling Today online. Also, check out the PBS website for information on the documentary about Dolores Huerta called Dolores.  A clip from the movie can be seen at the following web address:


Join Us for LPCANC’s Advocacy Day 2018

Your LPCANC Board of Directors is excited to invite you to LPCANC Advocacy Day 2018.  This event will be held in Raleigh on Thursday, June 14.  We will kick off Advocacy Day with a legislative breakfast at the Main Legislative Cafeteria, on the lowest level of the main Legislative Building located at 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh. Legislators from the Health Committees will receive an invitation to join us, so they will have a chance to meet us during breakfast. 

After breakfast, you will also have the opportunity to meet your representatives in their office.  It helps to let your Representatives know you will be in town, so give them a call and set an appointment to stop by and discuss issues within the LPC profession and the field of mental health. Click here to locate your state representative and state senator.  


We will provide talking points for you at the breakfast, plus Ashley Perkinson, our LPCANC Lobbyist, will go over tips for speaking to your legislators.


Hope to see you in Raleigh! For more info about the day and to register, please click here. It would be great to have a large turnout this year! Let's show NC representatives and senators how much LPCs care about their profession!


For information on visiting the Legislative Building complex, click here

Legislative Alert: House of Representatives Considering Opioid Emergency Response Act, Including Provisions Adding Licensed Mental Health Counselors to Medicare

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means is in the midst of considering legislation to include in their opioid package. A senior member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, Congressman Vern Buchanan (R-FL) introduced the Opioid Emergency Response Act (HR 5531) last month, which includes provisions that would add licensed mental health counselors as eligible Medicare providers.

The Committee on Ways and Means plans to markup opioid legislation the week of May 14th, and AMHCA needs your help! See below, and call your Member of Congress today to URGE WAYS AND MEANS TO INCLUDE HR 5531 IN THEIR MARKUP LIST, BECAUSE #SeniorsNeedMHCounselors!

North Carolina     George Holding (R)     (202) 225-3032


May is National Mental Health Awareness month!

By C. Michelle Hamilton,  LPCANC Membership Chair

Two great organizations are promoting themes of change. The National Alliance on Mental Illness is promoting the theme for 2018 as CureStima. Mental Health America is promoting the #4Mind4Body challenge. Both campaigns offer such wonderful resources, with links included in this article.

With 1 in 5 adults in America living with mental health conditions and with continual research updating our understanding of the mind/body connection, it is unsettling that stigma prevents so many individuals from seeking support.  For parents seeking support for their children, labels about a child’s behavior may prevent exploration of symptoms of a mental health condition. If half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, it is especially crucial that parents seek out support for their child early.

Take a minute to visit and view the public service announcements. Take the CureStima quiz and receive the “Sentimoji™” emoji sticker pack, which attach to your emails or text messages. The National Alliance on Mental Illness also offers educational posters for your office or reception area.

Mental Health Facts: Multicultural

Mental Health Facts: Children and Teens

Mental Health Facts: In America

Finding A Mental Health Professional

Finding Mental Health Care that Fits Your Cultural Background

Visit the Mental Health America website daily to participate in the #4Mind4Body challenge and feel motivated to make small physical and mental changes for overall health and well-being. As you check in to read the challenge of the day, you will find extra resources, such as grocery lists, inspirational quotes, and videos. Don’t worry if you have missed out on some of the days in May. The challenges remain on the website so you may complete more than one challenge to catch up! The toolkit also includes worksheets you may use with clients and additional informational posters. In addition to your clients, why not challenge everyone in your office to participate and support one another in creating healthy habits? 

Take the #4Mind4Body Challenge:

Worksheet: When Changing Diet Is Hard

Worksheet: When Changing Exercise Is Hard

Worksheet: When Changing Sleep Is Hard

Worksheet: When Managing Stress Is Hard


Diet and Nutrition


Gut Brain Connection



Take the Challenge


To register for the 2018 AMHCA Conference, use the link below

LPCANC Events and Opportunities

LPCANC Conference 2018

2018 Conference Presenters Needed - Deadline for Proposals EXTENDED to Monday, May 14th

We are soliciting presenter proposals for the conference breakout sessions taking place on October 25 - 27, 2018. Proposals that tie into the theme of the conference will be given priority consideration; the theme this year is Counseling & Integrative Medicine: Enhancing Outcomes Through Collaborative Care. Collaborative care involves the sharing of perspective and the integration of behavioral health and general medical services in the practice of counseling

If you are looking for ideas for your submission, you can locate presentation categories in any of the content areas approved by NCBLPC, found here. We highly recommend topics in the following areas:

We encourage you to submit a proposal and resume for consideration by the conference planning committee. Submit Your 2018 Proposal

  • Advancements in Clinical Counseling Practice
  • Couples/Marriage/Family Counseling
  • Collaboration With Other Clinical Disciplines
  • Innovations in Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Complementary Health Approaches
  • Innovative Evidence Based Practices
  • Treatment Team Planning
  • Brain Function and Neuroscience
  • Special Populations i.e. Elderly, LGBTQ, Veterans
  • Integrative Expressive and Creative therapies
  • Private Practice/Small Business/NPO Development
  • Ethical Concerns
  • Student/New Professional Topics
  • Needs of Retiring Counselors

Please note the submission deadline has been EXTENDED to Monday, May 14th.

We look forward to receiving your submission and seeing you in Raleigh on October 25-27, 2018. 



Khalilah Slade, M.A.,LCAS-A, LPC-A

LPCANC Conference Chair

Professional Development

The LPCANC is pleased to present a Complimentary Student Webinar - 05/15/2018 at 12:00 pm Eastern

Title: LPCs in the Making

Topics include: information on the counseling profession, professional identity and development, mentoring, supervision, licensure, employment, and professional organizations.

The presenter is LaTonya Summers, who uses her 23 years of mental health and substance abuse counseling experience to teach, supervise, and mentor counselors-in-training. She conducts research on multicultural issues in counseling and supervision, and social justice and advocacy. She is the founder of the annual Black Mental Health Symposium, and was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor Award by Chi Sigma Iota International. 

 Register Online


Calling All Presenters!

Presenter Information

There are so many great opportunities for you to share your clinical expertise with your counseling colleagues. If you are interested in presenting a First Friday Webinar, please submit your topic and your information on the LPCANC website. Once the information is received and reviewed by the Professional Development Committee Chair, you will be assigned a month to present. Presenting a First Friday Webinar is a great way for first-time presenters to "get your feet wet" as a presenter!

Presenters will be required to submit their name, credentials, bio and CV (resume), along with their topic and abstract. Please view the NBCC guidelines for topics and requirements for presenters before submitting. If you do not meet the qualifications for presenting the topic (refer to NBCC eligibility rules), you can ask someone to co-present who does meet the requirements. If you have any questions, please contact the PDC Chair.


Corinna Costello PhD, LPC (NC), LCPC (IL), ATR-BC

Time Sensitive Opportunities

EHR FUNDING PROGRAM FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH –There is a new EHR (electronic health record) funding program by the DHHS Office of Rural Health.  The application period is May 1-31, 2018 and it will be on a “first-come first serve basis”.  Practices must apply ASAP to be included on the “request-for-funding” list as funding is limited.  For more information go to today and see the on-line application process

Aging Policy Listening Sessions
Please consider attending one of the upcoming Aging Policy Listening Sessions to help identify the needs of NC’s older citizens, disabled adults, and caregivers. Info about the various sessions being held across the state is below, and talking points developed by NC Coalition on Aging members are attached as a resource. This is a great opportunity to make your voice heard!

May 22, 2018 
Piedmont Triad Regional Council 
1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive 
Kernersville, NC 27284 
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

May 30, 2018 
New Hanover Senior Resource Center
2222 S. College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403 
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

June 19, 2018
Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation Building
4561 County Home Road
Greenville, NC 27858
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

June 27, 2018
Centralina Council of Governments
9815 David Taylor Drive
Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28262
10 am – 12 pm

The Division of Aging and Adult Services is checking about the use of technology to join the sessions and will communicate if this is possible.

Attendees may register to speak upon arrival at the meetings or in advance by completing the on-line Listening Session Sign-Up Form. Speakers will be limited to three minutes and are encouraged to provide a written copy of their comments when registering.  The scheduled meeting locations are accessible to people with disabilities.  Those planning to attend who need assistance or special accommodations are asked to complete the Listening Session Sign-Up Form.

Those who are unable to attend one of the meetings may submit written comments by June 29, 2018 to: Aging Plan, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, 2101 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-2101.

Comments may also be e-mailed to or faxed to Aging Plan at (919)733-0443.

The current Aging Services Plan is available at


Leadership Announcements

Joint email from Secretary Cohen and Deputy Secretary Benton
Dear Colleagues,
                         We’re writing this morning to inform you of several leadership changes at the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities (DSOHF) and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS).
•       Luckey Welsh, Cherry Hospital CEO, announced yesterday that he will be retiring on December 31, 2018.  Luckey has been a go-to on several important projects through the years and we’re turning to him once again before he wraps-up his state service.  Effective July 1, 2018, he will transition from CEO to a new role as Senior Advisor, and will assist us with several key initiatives – two of which are the move into the new Broughton Hospital and Project Oak.
•       Dale Armstrong, our deputy secretary that oversees DSOHF and a former psychiatric hospital administrator, has agreed to serve as Interim CEO at Cherry Hospital as of July 1, 2018.  He will begin transitioning into this new role in the coming weeks. 
•       Helen Wolstenholme, the COO at DSOHF, will serve as the Interim Division Director.  A licensed professional counselor, Helen has previously served as the director of the state ADATCs in addition to also working in community mental health.
•       Dr. Jason Vogler will be transitioning to a new role within DHHS.  We thank Jason for his work at the Division over the past several years and offer our gratefulness to his steadfast commitment to our consumers and their needs.  We are pleased that he will continue to contribute in a new role at the Murdoch Developmental Center.  
•       Effective today, Kody Kinsley, the Deputy Director and COO, will begin serving as Interim Director. 

•       We’re also pleased to announce that Carrie Brown, MD, will be joining the division as it’s medical director as of July 1, 2018.  She currently serves as Psychiatrist, Team Physician, and Associate Professor at the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.  Dr. Brown is a board-licensed psychiatrist and previously worked at Central Regional Hospital. 
The recruitment process for the permanent directors will begin within the next week or two.  In the interim, Mark and I have full confidence in Kody, Helen and Dale’s abilities to lead DMH/DD/SAS, DSOHF and Cherry Hospital, respectively.  Many of you have already worked or partnered with them and are aware of their leadership skills. 
We’re also asking them to work with us in addressing some of the challenges highlighted in both our Behavioral Health Strategic Plan and the report conducted by UNC-CH about several of our state facilities – Project Oak.  For our overall behavioral health system this includes:  broadening the pool of North Carolinians who are insured; developing and strengthening community-based services that match existing needs in collaboration with our community partners; integrating behavioral health, I/DD, and physical health services for children and adults; and improving our data infrastructure to drive quality accountability and innovation.  For our psychiatric hospitals and ADATCs this includes:  creating more consistency across the system; reducing our reliance on paper-driven processes; addressing HR and purchasing challenges; and providing coordinated, high-value care through improved partnership with LMEs and other local/regional partners.
Thank you again for all you do to serve the people of North Carolina. 
Secretary Mandy Cohen and Mark Benton, Deputy Secretary for Health Services

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