New Book by Dr. Lisa Vallejos

The Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association wishes to congratulate RMHCPA Member Lisa Vallejos on the publication of her new book:

Shattered, How Everything Comes Together When It All Falls Apart chronicles the transformational journey of one mother, psychologist, and researcher who found the courage to truly live while grappling with the diagnosis of her child with a life-limiting congenital heart defect.

Written as a memoir (with the backing of a lot of solid research), this book offers an intimate journey of a parent facing the unthinkable—the possibility of outliving their child. Author Lisa Vallejos takes the reader along the journey as she experienced it firsthand. Ranging from despair to triumph, this book shows how facing death can truly be an invitation to live. Using both anecdotal experiences and established psychological research, Vallejos makes a case for trauma as a tool of transformation.

This heart-wrenching and passionate portrayal of the potent human spirit to overcome incredible odds and to achieve triumph, no matter the circumstances, is a beacon to anyone who has suffered, felt lost, or has been buckled under the weight of an irrevocable life altering experience.

Can be purchased here:

Call for Papers: First Annual Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling & Psychological Association Conference

Call for Papers
Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling & Psychological Association
First Annual Conference

Being Fully Human in the 21st Century

February 9-10, 2018
Naropa University
Boulder Colorado

The Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association (RMHCPA) is seeking submissions for its first annual conference. The theme of the conference is Being Fully Human in the 21st Century. We invite submissions on a broad range of topics relevant to humanistic, existential, and transpersonal psychology. Preferential review will be given to proposals consistent with the conference theme. Symposiums, paper presentations, experiential trainings, and poster sessions will be considered.

We are working to provide Approved Continuing Education Credits/Units for Licensed Psychologists and Licensed Professional Counselors. Proposals designed for continuing education are encouraged.

RMHCPA will provide a student poster award for the best student poster. All student posters for which all authors are students will be considered.

Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, November 15, 2017.


To submit a proposal, see the Call for Papers on our website: Call for Papers 

Establishment of the Emory G. Cowan, Jr., and Susan Cooper Lifetime Service to Humanistic Psychology Award

The RMHCPA Board is very proud to announce the establishment of the Emory G. Cowan and Susan Cooper Lifetime Service to Humanistic Psychology Award, which will be award to Emory and Sue at the First Annual Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association Conference in June (date TBA). This award is established for individuals who have demonstrated extended excellence in service to humanistic psychology.

Drs. Cowan and Cooper helped establish the Colorado School of Professional Psychology. While the school did not sustain, the legacy of the school lives on with a profound impact upon comtemporary humanistic psychology. The leadership of Dr. Cowan and Dr. Cooper demonstrated the values of humanistic and existential psychology as well. Without Dr. Cowan and Dr. Cooper, it is unlikely the Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association would have come into existence. In no small part due to their legacies, Colorado has become one of the centers of humanistic and existential psychology in the United States. Many of their former students have gone on to become local, regional, and international leaders in the humanistic psychology movement.

We hope you join us in celebrating these two special individuals at our first conference (we will be posting more information about the conference and a call for papers soon).

Report from March 2017 Board Meeting

A number of new developments emerged from the March 2017 Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association Board Meeting. We wanted to provide members with an update on what will be coming in 2017.

  1. RMHCPA has begun preparations to be able to offer continuing education events in Colorado.
  2. We are planning our first annual conference for this summer and hope to have the final dates along with a call for papers announced soon.
  3. We are planning a pre-conference workshop focusing on working with individuals who have experienced or work with marginalized and oppressed groups.
  4. Following the conference, we are planning a day of community service in which we will offer programs for the community on topics such as “How to Talk to your Children About Racism” and “Self-care for Advocates and Activists.” We also plan to offer free groups for children and teenagers to talk about their experience with bullying and prejudice.
  5. We established three new RMHCPA Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award, Lifetime Service Award, and Distinguished Student Paper Award. Each year, we will have a call for nominations and awards will be given at our annual conference.

These are just some of the exciting things we are planning for 2017! If you are a mental health professional or student and have not yet joined, we hope you will consider joining soon.

Louis Hoffman, PhD
President, Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling & Psychological Association