The mission of IMHCA is to promote the professional well-being of mental health counselors in Illinois through advocacy, education, and support services, and thereby contribute to the good of society.
IMHCA is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes.
2.1 PURPOSES. The purposes are:
1. Educational: To bring together mental health professionals for educating them about the latest developments in the field. We also seek to educate the public about the need for mental health services and what types of treatments are available.
2. To maintain a website where mental health professionals can research questions and dialogue amongst each other on relevant issues. The Website will provide updates regarding educational opportunities, research questions and results, information regarding recent publications, and important issues to address.
3. To collect and disseminate information regarding best practices in the field of mental health to assist professionals throughout Illinois in understanding developments in the mental health field.
4. To provide a forum to help educate legislators and communities about mental illness and the myths regarding disorders. Experts from all aspects of the field can provide viewpoints regarding various facets including state of the art treatment, research and legal changes. The forum will assist in educating policy makers regarding effective tre
a. To generate and disseminate knowledge about effective programs to address the mental health needs of children, adolescents, adults and seniors.
b. To utilize the research process to inform mental health professionals of the best practices in the field.
c. To encourage the development of empirically based program standards and practices.
6. To provide scholarships to students to attend conferences within budgetary constraints.
The IMHCA Board of Directors has unanimously and proudly supported the following statement.
professional counselors, we are called in this moment to our highest
ethical ideals and application of our bounty of knowledge as humans,
practitioners, educators, and researchers.
are challenging times for our black and brown siblings across the
nation and across our state. We are experiencing two pandemics
simultaneously: COVID-19 and Systemic Racism.
Our hearts go out to all our black and brown siblingswho
have lost their lives and their surviving family members due to police
violence and health disparities. As a profession, we must stand against
these acts of social injustice and advocate for our black and brown siblingsacross the nation and globe.
We stand withICA,ACA,AMCD,SAIGE,CSJ,ACES,ASCAand
the plethora of professional counseling organizations that have
denounced police violence and the systemic and institutional racism
experienced by our black and brown siblings.