Dear MHWA Members and Friends,
Welcome back to Fall 2011! I hope everyone had a wonderful fun- filled summer, even those of us who were still working (!).
A recap of MHWA’s accomplishments during 10-11:
This year’s general meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2011, 10:00 to 4:00, at San Diego City College.
Leslie Easton, LCSW, Coordinator of Mental Health Counseling at San Diego City College, has engaged Daniel Willick, JD, general counsel to the California Psychiatric Association, to present from 1:00 to 4:00. Mr. Willick will address laws regarding the privacy of student information, campus safety, responding to the death of a student, and students with mental illness. Three hours of continuing education will be available for psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs at a cost of $30.00. More information to come.
Another reminder: It’s dues time again. We have two membership time periods: academic (from July to June) and calendar (from January to December). Membership benefits will include a new listserve for collegial consultation, now that C3PO is no longer active. Membership applications are attached and can be found on our website. Please renew! If you’re not currently a member, please join!
As a professional organization, we have the chance to develop best practices and influence mental health decisions for the California Community College system. This is especially important as funding decreases and budgets are cut. With our time severely stretched, having colleagues as both resources and support is invaluable. For me, this is the most important aspect of my membership. I have grown and developed from my relationship with other MHWA members. These collaborative relationships bring such relief - just knowing there are people to call for advice, support and validation.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone in San Diego this October!
Beverly Muse, MA, MFT
MHWA Executive Board President, 2010-2012