[njamc] Fwd: NAMI Booklet

  • From: "Dr. Wanda Quezada" <wandayquezada@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:06:58 -0400

Hello everyone,

I recieved this today and thought it was a bit concerning for us counselors
nationwide. Please read below.....


Dr. Wanda Y. Quezada, Ed. D
President - New Jersey Counseling Association - 2018-19

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Smith, James <SmithJ2@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 9:58 AM
Subject: NAMI Booklet
To: <CESNET-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Greetings colleagues,

At my place of employment, we recently received a set of booklets from our
state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for
distribution to the university community we serve. We noticed in one
particular booklet, “Sharing Hope: An African American Guide to Mental
Health”, there is a section on seeking help from mental health
professionals. This section explicitly mentions licensed clinical social
workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. It does not mention at all
licensed professional counselors. We reviewed the other materials we
received, and noticed the same pattern.

I contacted our state NAMI representatives regarding this, who told me the
national office of NAMI published the materials they provided to us. I am
now contacting NAMI’s national office. If we as counselors are excluded
from lists of “mental health professionals” by organizations such as NAMI,
then we continue to face the stigma that our profession is less competent
than others in assisting people with mental healthcare needs. Please join
me in contacting NAMI to ensure that counselors are included in their
publications when they list mental health professionals.

Thank you,


*James M. Smith, M.Ed., LPC, NCC*

Director, Student Health and Wellness Services

Chairperson for Staff Council 2018-2019

Thompkins Student Health Center

Lincoln University

822 Lee Drive

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone: 573.681.5164|Fax: 573.681.5877

Email: smithj2@xxxxxxxxxxxx



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