Hiring Counselors in West Michigan

Amplified Life is recruiting licensed counselors to join its expanding Counseling & Coaching Practice.
Requirements:
* Licensed mental health practitioner (LLPC, LPC, LP, LMSW) * Additional training in Life Coaching preferred * Commitment to developing a full caseload of counseling and coaching clients, e.g., (minimum of 20 client hours per week) * Interest in participating in a variety of income generating roles.

Compensation: All counselors and coaches are employees of Amplified Life and are paid a W2 wage in accordance with hours of service provided by practitioner. Counseling services are reimbursed at $35 per hour. Other services such as coaching, telephone support, and behavioral health writing are reimbursed at varying rates.  This is an employer-model. This means, Amplified Life practitioners receive a weekly paycheck (payroll) based on hours worked in a given pay period.  Practitioners are also provided with access to counseling / coaching rooms, scheduling / reception services, use of practice management app (Therapy Notes), practice billing services, and professional liability insurance.

Inquiries:  Please send an email with CV / Resume and letter of interest to:  Amy Zeilenga, Executive Assistant | 616-499-4711 | amy@amplife.us

Company Information:
Amplified Life Network was established in 2012.  Amplified Life is a Christian organization as reflected in its organizational leadership, principles and values.  It is committed to meeting others where they’re at with respect to their faith and values.  Amplified Life values diversity and leads with evidence-based practices.  Amplified Life’s team of 8 practitioners currently serve individuals and organizations throughout West Michigan.  Office-based counseling and coaching services are provided at its historic, private and wooded, 4 acre setting in the heart of Byron Center, right down the street from the U of M Metro Health Village.

Rep. Miller’s plan clarifies scope of practice for Michigan counselors

State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, has introduced a measure to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law.

Miller said updates are needed to ensure the law reflects the actual scope of practice and training of licensed professional counselors, and to be consistent with wording in the Board of Counseling’s Administrative Rules.

This measure would be the first update to this law since it was enacted 30 years ago.

“Current statute is outdated and does not accurately reflect what is practiced by counselors today,” Miller said. “This plan brings Michigan law up to date.”

The most notable issue is whether counselors are able to provide diagnosis and psychotherapy. Miller’s bill clarifies the current counseling techniques and includes psychotherapy and diagnosis in Michigan law.

The bill was referred to the House Health Policy Committee for consideration.

HERE IS A LINK TO THE HOUSE BILL NO. 4325

Professional Counselor Renewal Reminder from LARA

This is a reminder that the Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has transitioned to online renewal for all of its licensing programs. This was done to provide efficiencies and improve customer service.

Below are important dates to remember:

1.  February 22, 2019 – Licensed professionals began renewing licenses online.

2.  May 31, 2019 – Licensed professionals who have not renewed by this date will expire.

3.  June 1, 2019 to July 30, 2019 60 day grace period deadline for renewal, where licensed Professionals may renew their license past the expiration date but will have to pay an additional late fee of $20.

Since we have moved to online renewals, please consider the following:

1.  You may renew your license at www.michigan.gov/elicense.

2.  If you have a name change provide in writing your previous name and new name prior to renewing online and send to:

                        a.  BPLHelp@michigan.gov; OR

                        b.  BPL-LARA, Licensing Division
                             PO Box 30670
                             Lansing, MI 48909

To review other requirements for renewing your license, please visit our website at www.michigan.gov/bpl.  Should you have specific questions regarding this email communication or have further questions please contact our office at 517-241-0199 or email to BPLHelp@michigan.gov.

Sincerely,

Licensing Division

Bureau of Professional Licensing

Tell Congress to Support Medicare Coverage of Counselors!

Legislation has been introduced to allow counselors to participate in Medicare. NBCC needs your help to get this legislation passed! Contact your legislators TODAY and ask them to co-sponsor the Mental Health Access Improvement Act (S. 286/H.R. 945). Support from counselors like you is crucial to getting this legislation passed. Please use the link below to call and email your senators and representatives and tell them why this legislation is so important. NBCC’s Government and Legislative Affairs Department has created draft messages for you, but we strongly urge you to add your personal experiences with this issue to be more effective.  It only takes a few minutes of your time and your support can make a significant impact on the profession! Thank you for your assistance!  TAKE ACTION!

Human Trafficking Information

There has been much confusion regarding the required training standards by the new Michigan Law regarding Human Trafficking.

It is difficult to determine what you are obligated to take to meet the state requirements.  If your only goal is to meet the minimum standards, then our training is probably not for you.

MMHCA decided to offer the best workshop available based on the laws outline. We created the best possible training available. Here is how we did it.

Dr. Jeremy Norwood who is on the faculty at Spring Arbor University was approached to develop the workshop. He used the stated language from the bill and developed an outline. We then looked at his extensive knowledge of the topic and decided to have him produce a powerful workshop based on his knowledge and experiences.

Go to our website for more information regarding Dr. Norwood and what you will learn in the workshop.

In addition to his extensive work in this arena, every year he takes a group of students to Asia to study Human Trafficking. Dr. Norwood is presently in Cambodia with a group of students studying the sociological impact and its connection to US trafficking.

Those that have taken the workshop describe it as powerful and intense. They walk away with a greater understanding of the major impact and possible strategies for intervention.

Please consider our offering. It will change your life for the better. In addition, it qualifies for 6 hours of CEU’s and a certificate to prove your participation.

We encourage health professionals and graduate students to use our workshops for the best quality training in Michigan.