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Willie M. "Butchie" Shaw, III Passes Away
Willie Shaw was born on July 20, 1958, in Queens, New York, to the late Willie Boyden Shaw, Jr. and Annie Brown Shaw. Mr. Shaw attended Darlington County Schools and graduated from Mayo High School in 1976. Continuing his education, he graduated with honors from Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., in 1980. Mr. Shaw was an educational leader, having worked thirty-six years in various educational endeavors; additionally, Mr. Shaw was a dedicated member of numerous organizations in his church and community, and he continued increasing his educational expertise until his passing. (Read More)

2015 Theme and Information
Each year Mental Illness Awareness Week occurs during the first full week of October. This year it takes place between October 4–10. This year, the theme revolves around building a movement through the new StigmaFree initiative.

Being Stigma Free means learning about and educating others on mental illness, focusing on connecting with people to see each other as individuals and not a diagnosis, and most importantly, taking action on mental health issues and taking the StigmaFree pledge. The hashtag for the theme is #IAmStigmaFree.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK (Oct.4-10)
During the first full week of October, NAMI and participants across the country are bringing awareness to mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Each year, the movement grows stronger. We believe that these issues are important to address year round, but highlighting these issues during Mental Illness Awareness Week provides a time for people to come together and display the passion and strength of those working to improve the lives of the tens of millions of Americans affected by mental illness. If you or someone you know may need a mental health assessment, anonymous online tools are available. Learn more and help yourself or someone you care about at: http://helpyourselfhelpothers.org

2015 Theme and Information
Each year Mental Illness Awareness Week occurs during the first full week of October. This year it takes place between October 4–10. This year, the theme revolves around building a movement through the new StigmaFree initiative.

Being Stigma Free means learning about and educating others on mental illness, focusing on connecting with people to see each other as individuals and not a diagnosis, and most importantly, taking action on mental health issues and taking the StigmaFree pledge. The hashtag for the theme is #IAmStigmaFree.


TOP 5 MOST POWERFUL DRUG ADS OF ALL TIME
Raychelle Lohmann explores the top 5 most powerful drug ads of all time. Click Here.


SERVICE PROJECT: HARVEST HOPE
harvest hopeThe mission of Harvest Hope Food Bank (http://www.harvesthope.org) is to provide for the needs of the hungry by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.

Harvest Hope began in 1981 as the result of a shared vision of business leaders and the faith community who set out to provide for the hungry in Columbia. Since then Harvest Hope has increased its mission to feed the hungry across 20 counties of South Carolina. Harvest Hope distributed over 28 million pounds of food last year and fed approximately 38,000 people a week.

From simple beginnings, Harvest Hope has continued to increase the scope of its operations and now provides food, comfort and hope to hungry individuals and families in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Greater Greenville regions of South Carolina.

SCCA encourages you to join other SCCA members in supporting the 2016 SCCA Service Project in one of the following ways:

- Organize a community Food Drive (http://www.harvesthope.org/host-a-food-drive)
- Make a donation online, by mail*, or at the SCCA Conference (February 25-27, 2016) (https://donate.harvesthope.org/)
- Volunteer your time ( http://www.harvesthope.org/volunteer-faqs)

Columbia Area Harvest Hope*
2220 Shop Road
Columbia, SC 29201

Florence Pee Dee Area Harvest Hope*
2513 West Lucas Street
Florence, SC 29501

Greenville Area Harvest Hope*
2818 White Horse Road
Greenville, SC 29611

Lexington County Emergency Food Pantry*
1775 12th Street Ext.
Cayce, SC 29033


SCCA MEMBERS ATTEND ACA INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP TRAINING

President Doris Nelson, President Elect David Scott and Interim Executive Secretary Jennifer Jordan attended the ACA Institute for Leadership Training in D.C. July-22-26. They met with aids from Senator Graham’s office and Senator Scott’s office as well as representatives Duncan, Mulvaney, and Gowdy from their three home districts to talk about legislation for counselors. Specifically, they spoke about Senate Bill S.562 and H.R. 3662 the “Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act” which would establish Medicare coverage for LPCs, funding for School Counselors in the state of South Carolina, and equity in the VA for LPCs to gain employment.

To view photos from the event, click on a thumbnail below.

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DR. JENNIFER JORDAN APPOINTED TO BOARD OF EXAMINERS

Dr. Jennifer Jordan has been appointed by the governor to serve on the Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists the link below gives all the highlights. As a board member, Jordan will attend meetings throughout the year dealing with ratification of new licenses in the industry, disciplinary issues in the field as well as changes in the laws. For more information, CLICK HERE.


VETERAN AFFAIRS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

AMHCA is seeking increased employment of mental health counselors by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA issued long-delayed job specifications for all mental health counselor positions in September 2010; unfortunately, local VA facilities have proven highly resistant to hiring these professionals. AMHCA contends that hiring more mental health counselors would help address the VA's severe and chronic shortage of qualified mental health staff.

In June 2013, Senator John Tester (D-MT) introduced legislation (S.1155) that directs the VA to hire more mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists by authorizing their paid employment as interns. This provision passed the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs in November as a component of a larger bill, S.1581 (Sanders, D-VT). This broader bill is known as the "Veterans Programs Improvements Act of 2013" and is expected to be considered on the Senate floor at a date to be determined. Recently, the Senate's action spurred a House response, and last month the House companion bill was introduced as HR.3499, sponsored by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ).

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
raychelleRaychelle Lohmann, MS, LPC
Raychelle Lohman received her undergraduate degree in psychology with a concentration in family counseling and a master’s of science degree in counselor education from NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Raychelle has worked as a school counselor at the middle school and high school levels. She has done extensive research on anger and specializes in individual and group counseling for anger management.

Raychelle is the author of The Anger Workbook for Teens, Staying Cool... When You're Steaming Mad, and Blogger of "Teen Angst" for Psychology Today and Sharecare Contributor.

Raychelle is an active member of the American Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, SC Counseling Association, and SC School Counselor Association. She is a National Board Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the states of NC and SC. Additionally, Raychelle is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator.

Raychelle was recently honored as one of the top ten online influencers in the field of children’s mental health by SharecareNow powered by WCG. She was also a finalist for the SC Commission of Higher Education's 2012 HEART Award and received SC Department of Education's Office of Career and Technical Education's 2011 School Counselor of the Year.


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