Welcome to RIMHCA! When I stepped in as President, we were busy planning educational and networking opportunities for local clinical mental health counselors and others working in the helping professions. That quickly changed beginning in February of 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we realized quickly that there were many processes and procedures that needed adjustment and I began to advocate to legislators and state leaders to make important changes to “business as usual”. This is the essence of organizations such as ours–work diligently to advocate for our clients and our profession. We aim to provide our members and visitors with updated and current information, as well as present transparency of what we are able to do versus other state agencies. As you review our website, note the following features:
Find a counselor: RIMHCA members are able to register with their areas of specialization and a link to their website. Visitors to the site will be able to review the information provided and locate a therapist who will meet their needs.
Classified ads: Community members and agencies are able to advertise office space for rent, post questions to see what is available for space, or to list clinical employment opportunities (ads free of charge for RIMHCA members).
Upcoming trainings and seminars: RIMHCA members are eligible for CEUS at no additional cost or a reduced rate (attendees must pay registration fees).
Networking: Counselors have the opportunity to meet, share resources, and provide support to each other.
These are just a few of the things that we offer to members and visitors. I am privileged to work with a group of professionals that strive to offer cutting-edge and up-to-date opportunities to the community of mental health professionals in RI. This is a wonderful group that offers support, consultation, professionalism, and friendship. I am fortunate to serve in this role and am excited to meet even more of you.
Please let us know questions and share your ideas for ensuring that RIMHCA is truly representing its members.
Michelle Crossley, PhD, LMHC, NCC President, RIMHCA