Nathaniel Granger, Jr., and Louis Hoffman were interviewed by Dr. Jim Ungvarsky about the Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association (RMHCPA). They discuss how RMHCPA began, what distinguishes humanistic psychology, and developing a new institute in Colorado Springs.
I am writing to inform you of some very exciting developments with the Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association. A couple of months ago, we were approached and offered a a large donation to create an existential and humanistic archives and museum in Colorado Springs featuring the archives of Tom Greening. Since this offer, the board carefully deliberated about pursuing this opportunity and has committed to making this happen. The vision for this has grown significantly since the initial discussion. At our board meeting last night, we worked through a number of organizational changes to begin actively working toward the establishment of an institute within RMHCPA that would host the archives. For this to become a reality, it was necessary to reconfigure our organizational structure. We expanded the number of members on the Board of Directors, shifted from a president and vice president to a chair and vice chair, and established an Executive Director. I am honored to have been appointed by the Board as the Executive Director and I will be spearheading the establishment of the institute.
We are still working to establish the organizational structure of the institute. While this is tentative and likely will change to some degree over the next several months, our current plan includes four branches:
- Archives and Museum: The Tom Greening Archives will be the first collection established in the archives; however, we hope to add many more over time and are already in discussions about several possibilities.
- Library: We intend to establish a premiere existential, humanistic, and transpersonal psychology library. Included in the library will be the full collections of many contemporary existential, humanistic, and transpersonal psychology scholars. We will be recruiting scholars that would like to feature their comprehensive works in the library and have already begun discussions with many scholars about this.
- Clinic: We intend to establish a clinic that will have several independent private practices and a practicum placement for students. With the practicum students, we intend for them to offer low fee and pro bono therapy while receiving supervision from therapists whose practices reside in the clinic.
- Training Center: The Training Center will organize the annual conference, develop continuing education opportunities, and offer opportunities for supervision.
To achieve this vision, we have three priorities that we are now shifting to focus on:
- Purchasing a Building in Colorado Springs: We have established a Building Purchasing Task Force that will begin looking for a building to purchase in Colorado Springs. This task force is comprised of Louis Hoffman, Nathaniel Granger, Luis Vargas, Justin Walmsley, and Francis Kaklauskas. We are seeking a building that would have a large space that would serve as the archives/museum and could also be used for workshops and other training events. The facilitaty would also have several offices for private practice as well as a reception area. We are looking in Colorado Springs between downtown and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs near I-25.
- Fund-raising: Although we are going to receive a large initial donation, we are engaging in an ambitious fundraising campaign. The initial donation is not sufficient for the down payment on a building that would meet the needs described above. Therefore, we need to engage in additional fundraising to make this happen. The more successful we are in fundraising, the more options we have to purchase a building that offers opportunities for our vision to continue to grow.
- Grant Writing: We are beginning the process of grant writing to support the archives. We have experience grant-writers who will help with this, and are beginning to identify grants that we can apply for.
The RMHCPA board is confident that we will make this dream a reality. We believe this will be good for RMHCPA, for our membership, for Colorado Spings and the State of Colorado, and the existential, humanistic, and transpersonal psychology movement. Through this development, there will be many increased membership benefits that we will be able to offer, including access to resources, training, and leading scholars in the field.
There are many ways that the membership can help this vision become a reality. We invite members to support this endeavor in the following ways:
- RMHCPA is now listed as a non-profit on Facebook. It has become increasingly popular for people to do birthday fundraising on Facebook. We encourage you to consider selecting RMHCPA for your next birthday fundraiser.
- RMHCPA is also listed as a non-profit with Amazon Smile. If you go to Smile.Amazon.com and search for “Rocky Mountain Humanistic,” you can then select us as your charitable organization. When you purchase from Amazon, then be certain to go to Smile.Amazon.com to begin your search. From there, make your purchases just as you would through Amazon. The cost is the same, but .5% of all purchases go to support RMHCPA.
- RMHCPA also has an Amazon Associates account. If you purchase books through the RMHCPA website, RMHCPA will receive a portion of the proceeds. If you want to put a link from Amazon Associates on your website, any purchases through this link will support RMHCPA.
- Please also consider making a donation to RMHCPA. If you or someone you know might be willing to consider a large donation, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this. We are hoping to name various aspects of the new institute and building in honor of people who make large donations to RMHCPA.
- Be sure to renew your membership. If you have not renewed your membership for 2019, please do so soon. As we near the end of the year, please remember to renew your membership promptly to continue your support for RMHCPA and make sure that you have access to your member benefits.
We hope the membership is as excited about this as we are. Over the next several months, I will work to keep you regularly updated on new developments in this endeavor.
Louis Hoffman, PhDExecutive DirectorRocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association
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.
- RMHCPA has begun preparations to be able to offer continuing education events in Colorado.
- 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.
- We are planning a pre-conference workshop focusing on working with individuals who have experienced or work with marginalized and oppressed groups.
- 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.
- 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