CE WORKSHOP: Using Poetry to Facilitate Healing and Growth Workshop, Friday, February 28, 2020

RMHCPA will be offering a a workshop on Using Poetry to Facilitate Healing and Growth on Friday, February 28, 2020, in Colorado Springs. The workshop will be followed by a book release celebration for A Walk with Nature: Poetic Encounters that Nourish the Soul (Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series) edited by Michael Moats, Derrick Sebree, Jr., Gina Subia Belton, and Louis Hoffman. All nine books from the Poetry, Healing, and Growth series will be available for purchase at the event. For more information, visit the event page at: https://rmhcpa.org/using-poetry-to-facilitate-healing-and-growth-workshop/

Membership Renewal & Organization Updates

RMHCPA Members,

It is time for members to renew memberships. If you joined before October 2019 and have not renewed your membership for 2020, we encourage you to do so soon. Our online store to renew memberships was temporary down for several days; however, it is now up and functioning again (https://rmhcpa.org/join/).
I also wanted to mention a number of exciting updates:

Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association Institutional Review Board (IRB)

RMHCPA now has an officially registered Institutional Review Board (IRB). We are pleased to welcome Heather Miller as our new IRB chair. Dr. Miller has many years of experience chairing and serving on IRBs and also has contributed to the scholarly literature relevant to institutional review boards and research ethics. We are grateful to have her as our IRB Chair! Dr. Miller is in the process of establishing our policies and procedures for the IRB and preparing the new members of the IRB committee to begin reviews. RMHCPA members will be able to utilize the IRB at a substantially reduced rate. As independent IRBs tend to be expensive, this is an important new membership benefit. We will have more information available on our website in the coming months. If you have questions for the IRB, you can contact Dr. Miller at irb@rmhcpa.org. 

Two New RMHCPA Institutes

RMHCPA has officially established two new institutes:

  1. Rocky Mountain Existential and Humanistic Institute
  2. Rocky Mountain Transpersonal Institute

These two new institutes will provide the organizational structure to establish our existential and humanistic archives and library as well as our transpersonal psychology archives and library. Additionally, we are finalizing a process to recognize important scholars and luminaries in existential, humanistic, and transpersonal psychology through these institutes and make their scholarship available in our archives. We will be providing more information about this in the coming months. 

RMHCPA Fundraising and Grant Writing

The RMHCPA board is shifting its focus to fundraising and grant writing with hopes to raise enough money for a downpayment on purchasing a building by the end of 2020. We had a successful start to fundraising last year, but we still have a ways to go to meet our goal. The building will house the archives as well as therapy clinic that will house therapists and counselors in private practice. We will also form a training clinic that offers low fee therapy services to the community of Colorado Springs. We are planning a few fundraisers in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder over the next several months. If you are interested in getting involved with supporting these efforts, please send an email to lhoffman@rmhcpa.org. 


Last year was an exciting year for RMHCPA. We are looking forward to an exciting 2020 as well. Please remember to renew your membership soon to be part of the growing vision of RMHCPA! 
Louis Hoffman, PhDExecutive DirectorRocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association

New Member Publication: Humanistic Approaches to Multiculturalism and Diversity

Congratulations to Rocky Mt. Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association members Louis Hoffman, Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman, and Nathaniel Granger on the publication of Humanistic Approaches to Multiculturalism and Diversity: Perspectives on Existence and Difference (Routledge, 2019). This new publication, which was co-edited with David St. John, is an important contributions to the humanistic and existential literature. Two other RMHCPA members, Lisa Vallejos and Michael Moats, also contributed chapters to the volume. All four editors will be at the book release celebration and book signing at the social following the Third Annual Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association Conference on October 12, 2019 to be held in Colorado Springs.

RMHCPA Welcomes Erica Palmer, PsyD to its Board

The Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Erica Palmer has joined our Board of Directors. Trained by the founders and faculty of the Colorado School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Palmer graduated with her PsyD in 2011 from the University of the Rockies. She has spent the majority of her career working in community mental health treating underserved populations suffering from chronic mental illness. She has served on the Board of the Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and has been published in the poetry compilations Journey of the Wounded Soul and Capturing Shadows, and also was a contributor in Existential Psychology East-West.

Find out more about our executive board here.

Dr. Lisa Vallejos New RMHCPA Board Chair

The Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Vallejos has been selected as our new Board Chair. Dr. Vallejos is a founding board member of RMHCPA. An accomplished scholar and leader, Lisa is the author of “Shattered: How Everything Came Together When it Fell Apart.” Additionally, she is the founder of Gabriel’s Gift, a 501(c)3 that is dedicated to helping families with kiddos with Chronic Heart Disease to thrive and co-founder of The Humanitarian Alliance. Additionally, Dr. Vallejos is a faculty member at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.

We are pleased to have Dr. Vallejos as our new chair and are confident that her leadership will help advance the mission of RMHCPA.

2019 RMHCPA Awards Nominations

The Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association (RMHCPA) is issuing a call for nominations for the upcoming conference in the Fall of 2019 We are looking for nominations for individuals for the following awards:

*Lifetime Achievement Award

*Humanistic Exemplar Award

(Professional and student awards available)

*Early Career Award

*Outstanding Student Award

*Best Student Poster Award

Awards may be given once a year. Not all awards will be given every year. Awards will be granted to only those who have a historical or current connection to the Rocky Mountain region, preferably having resided in the region during part of their career while remaining available to those who may not have resided but have made significant contributions to the region.

Submissions should include a 1-2 page letter that details why you are nominating the individual, along with your contact information. Additionally, we request a current copy of the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae, as well as their contact information. More information on each of the awards can be found at www.rmhcpa.org/awards.

Nominations are due August 15, 2019.

 Please submit nominations to Awards Chair at lisa@lisavallejos.com

CS Indy Article on Opioid Crisis Features Dr. Nathaniel Granger, Jr.

Nathaniel Granger, Jr., PsyD

A recent article in the Colorado Springs Independent on the opioid crisis features RMHCPA board member and treasurer, Dr. Nathaniel Granger, Jr. In the article, Dr. Granger discusses that addiction often is a way to attempt to fill a “void” in one’s life. He also discusses the use of poetry to help people overcome addiction.

Read the full article at https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/what-if-our-opioid-crisis-is-really-about-isolation/Content?oid=19793750&fbclid=IwAR1LYCEGstRw3_OXx2cCPvZClzc325ZeL6snbiuJqM2Znf1w_CIRgUIjBeA

Unpacking the RMHCPA Vision Part 1: Establishment of a Clinic with Low Fee Therapy Options

The Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association (RMHCPA) recently announced that it is seeking to purchase a building and establish an institute in Colorado Springs. I am going to begin unveiling aspects of the vision for this institute in a series of announcements. Each aspect of the vision is still in development, so there will likely be some changes over time. Our initial fundraising efforts are going well, which has inspired us to continue developing this vision.

Establishing a Clinic with Low-Fee Therapy Options

Before RMHCPA was officially formed, we established our commitment to including a service component to the organization. The establishment of a low fee therapy clinic in Colorado Springs is an important development in our commitment to service. In Colorado Springs, there are few low fee therapy options. The uninsured and underinsured often struggle to find good options for therapy.

The RMHCPA Clinic would combined offices for independent therapy practices with practicum students that would see clients for low fees. The rent from the therapists will help support the RMHCPA Institute and Clinic. We will maintain additional offices that are reserved for use by our practicum students, who will offer the majority of the low fee therapy services.

Students with a primary interest in learning humanistic, existential, and transpersonal approaches to therapy would be eligible to be practicum students at the clinic. In addition to seeing clients, they would receive supervision and training in these therapy modalities.

A Volunteer Model

The established fee for therapy services would be a low fee, likely $25.00 per session. However, clients will have options to lower their rate further. If clients volunteer at local non-profit organizations for 2-hours a week, their rate would be lowered to $15.00 a session. If they volunteer 4-hours a week, their rate would be further reduced to $5.00 a session. For individuals who are not able to volunteer, such as individuals with a disability or single-parent households, there would be other options to receive the reduced rate.

The therapists in private practice in the clinic will be encouraged to provide 1-2 hours of low fee therapy as well. In exchange, they would receive lower rates for their monthly rent.

We believe this model will provide a variety of benefits. Clients often benefit from being involved in meaningful work. This provides an opportunity for them to engage in volunteering, which may have psychological benefits for clients, while also receiving more affordable therapy. Additionally, we believe this model will also benefit the community by encouraging people to volunteer with organizations that are making a positive impact upon the Colorado Springs community.

How to Support the Low-Fee Clinic

The rental and other income for the institute would support the low fee clinic. Thus, we would need to engage in ongoing grant writing and fundraising. If this part of the RMHCPA institute vision is of interest to you, we encourage you to consider talking with us about a tax deductible donation that will help for this vision to become a reality.

Louis Hoffman, PhD
Executive Director
Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association