Hello NVLPC Members,
The month of April has been designated Counseling Awareness Month (CAM) by the American Counseling Association. It's a time to celebrate the counseling profession, showcase the important work counselors do in communities nationwide, and educate the public about the many ways in which all types of counselors empower others to live more fulfilling lives. I am honored to be a part of such a noble profession and to work among your ranks. I thank all of you for your fine work and dedication to the field of counseling.
Not to be outdone, though, next month (May) offers us Mental Health Awareness Month as designated since 1949 by Mental Health America. There are many national observances under the heading of Mental Health Awareness, including Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-17); National Prevention Week (May 14-20); National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week (May 7-13); and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (May 4).
This year, National Mental Health Counseling Week, is being observed May 5-11, leading right up to our Spring Ethics Workshop on Friday, May 12th. If you have not already signed up for it, please refer to the calendar of events to register before the prices go up at the end of April.
As noted by AMHCA’s Maine chapter, the Maine Mental Health Counselors Association, in honoring counselors, ““We are not Psychiatrists, Psychologists, or Social Workers. We are, proudly, Mental Health Counselors. Counselor training time isn’t taken up with medication management (Psychiatry), the conduct of research (Psychology), or advocacy and public policy (Social Work). These are very fine things, but they aren’t psychotherapy. Counselor preparation remains focused on psychotherapeutic competence.”
This year, Mental Health America (MHA) has two objectives to help communicate the idea that mental wellness is central to overall health and well-being:
1) Raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and its preventive factors and benefits for mind and body.
2) Build broad public recognition around the role of mental health to overall health.
On their website, the MHA has many helpful resources including screenings and a calendar of “31 Ways to Work On Your Wellness,” for each day of the month. I particularly like the suggestion on May 27th, “Send a thank you note - not for a material item, but to let someone know why you appreciate them. Written expressions of gratitude are linked to increased happiness.”
Please accept this as my thank you note to all of you for the tremendous work you do to promote mental wellness in your own lives, in your clients’ lives, and in our communities.
Hello NVLPC members,
I am so glad that you are visiting our website. Please check out our upcoming CE Breakfast Programs scheduled through May of 2017. Remember to register early to take advantage of our discounted pricing options.
Did you know that research shows keeping a gratitude journal can create measurable differences in self-reported happiness? According to University of California psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, counting one’s blessings reliably increases positive mood because it helps us extract enjoyment from any situation. Put another way, gratitude reminds our limbic brain that we are, in fact, adequate, and complete just as we are. When the limbic brain feels inadequate, it often tries to “fill up” which often takes the form of addictions and impulsivity. Remembering the fullness of gratitude can limit those feelings of inadequacy.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or any one of our Board members if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. We would love to hear from you.
Sandra Molle, LPC