Message from the President

 

Welcome to the Colorado Counseling Association! I have been a licensed professional counselor since 2004 and I have lived and practiced in Colorado since 2006. I am truly honored to be able to represent our counseling profession in the role of President of the Colorado Counseling Association. I have BA degrees in Communication and Sociology from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, an MA in Education with an emphasis in Counseling from the University of Texas – San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision from Adams State University. I have provided clinical care to individuals, families, and groups, in outpatient, partial hospital, and inpatient settings. Over the last 10 – 15 years my clinical focus has been on working with suicidal clients and my research activities have been on exploring the best ways for counselors to be trained to work with suicidal clients.

2020 – 2021 is going to be an important year in the professional lives of counselors. With Governor Polis’ signing of HB 20-1206 into law, the work we’ve done over the last two years on the Mental Health Sunset process has now transitioned into the Mental Health Sunrise process. We’ve already seen some impact to the practice of mental health professionals in the state and we will see additional changes in the coming months including adjustments to how clinical supervision for counselors is handled. In the meantime, we’re all rolling with the changes that COVID-19 has wrought upon mental health practice and we will work with the state to try to extend as many of the efficiencies implemented for tele-mental health as possible.

In addition to these initiatives, your CCA Governing Council is working to diversify the organizational representation of counselors in the CCA leadership positions, we are working to overhaul and update the bylaws which serve as the foundation of our organization, and we will be planning a vibrant 2020 – 2021 conference with ample opportunities for Continuing Professional Development hours for counselors as we all move toward license renewal in August of 2021.

Thank you for joining the Colorado Counseling Association and for partnering with us on these and other initiatives! Now is a terrific time to be a counselor in the State of Colorado and there have never been more opportunities for you to make your voice heard. I am excited to represent the counseling profession in Colorado and I look forward to connecting with you and hearing from you in the coming months.

Gregg Elliott, PhD, LPC
President, Colorado Counseling Association