Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR Therapy Training

Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR Therapy Training

(Formerly EMDR Level 1 and Level 2)

is coming to Troy, Michigan!

Sponsored by Hough Counseling and Assessments, PLLC

EMDR Basic Training with the Personal Transformation Institute, meets and exceeds the EMDRIA requirements. The complete training includes 10 hours of consultation. Other trainings offer only 1 part at a time and do not include the cost of consultation in the total training package.


Sept. 13-15 & Oct. 18-20, 2018


Training fee: $1499.00, $1399.00 if registered and paid 30 days in advance of training.

Fee includes all 6 days of training and the required 10 hours of consultation!

$200 group discount for 4 or more registering together.

Participants must attend all six days to be fully trained and eventually eligible for certification through EMDRIA.   This training is EMDRIA Approved!

If you have any questions please contact

A Counseling Bill is going to the US Congress on March 23rd. Immediate Action Needed!

Urgent news every counselor needs to know!

A Federal Counseling Bill is going to the US Congress on Friday March 23rd.

Immediate Action Needed!

We need your response to get this Medicare Bill passed.

Please send an email to your legislators supporting Medicare Inclusion of LLPC/LPC’s.

The federal budget is a top priority on Capitol Hill, and mental health and addictions funding is in the spotlight. Congress is seeking to develop an omnibus budget bill by March 23rd.

Congress is currently considering legislation to fund the federal government and it is important that S.1879 / H.R.3032 be included in any package. There is still time to contact your legislators ASAP and tell them that language authorizing mental health counselors to serve as Medicare providers should be part of any federal funding bill. If you have already sent an email, please be sure to call, tweet, and write a Facebook message to your legislators as well.

There are limited opportunities during each Congress to pass our Medicare legislation, so please make your voice heard.

Contact your legislators TODAY and tell them to include our Medicare legislation, S.1879 / H.R.3032, in the Federal Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Please feel free to personalize the message, focusing on your experience providing mental health and addiction services to the elderly and disabled. It only takes a few minutes of your time and your advocacy can have a significant impact on the profession.



Sample Letter

Email to your legislator in the U.S. House and in the U.S. Senate.

I am writing to request that your office include H.R.3032 / S.1879 in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill. I provide counseling services in Michigan. The needs are great and most smaller towns, rural areas, and elderly are highly underserved in addition this legislation will help combat Opioid and mental health challenges by authorizing mental health counselors to serve Medicare beneficiaries.  Many counties have no mental health or addictions professionals other than mental health counselors. Please include S.1879 / H.R.3032 in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

Thank you for your support.


Personal stories of clients not being served or underserved is very helpful.

  1. Please thank US Senator Stabenow for her co-sponsorship for LPC included in Senate Bill (S. 1879)
  2. Ask US Senator Gary Peters to sign on as a sponsor of S. 1879.

Send an email to your member of the US House of Representative

  1. Identify your US House of Representative District. Ask your Representative to sign on as a sponsor of H.R. 3032 and/or support this legislation.
  2. The two US Representative that need to hear from you are Rep. Bishop and Rep. Upton. Ask them to be co-sponsors of H.R. 3032

If your legislator sends a personal reply to you, please forward that to me at:

Office Space Available in Troy

Office suite space available at busy psychological clinic in the heart of Troy (Big Beaver and I-75/Crooks area). Looking for psychologist or mental health professional to share office space. This space is approximately 500 square feet, available for $500.00 monthly. No sub-letting allowed…contact for more information.

Natural Alternatives for Opioids That Work! Training Being Offered

  • Henry Ford Maplegrove Center 6773 West Maple Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48323 United States (map)

Course Description:

Presenter will illustrate the effect opioids have in our community in 2017. I will also review how these drugs get into the hands of abusers and their suppliers. Most importantly, I am going to review exactly how Natural Alternatives actually work to get to the CAUSE of why people initially use opioids. The goal is to raise awareness and make Natural Alternatives to opioids be COMMON HOUSEHOLD KNOWLEDGE. I feel that changing how health conditions are handled in the home can bring about cultural shift.

Course Link:

CE Value (credits): 1
CE Type: Standard

Course Sponsor:
Maplegrove Center

Contact Information:
Jessica Jacobs

Behavioral Health Provider Educational Seminar

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are offering a seminar for behavioral health providers. Topics covered will include many of the applications available through Blue Cross and BCN Provider Secured Services, including e-referral, Benefit Explainer, and Provider Enrollment and Change Self-Service. You only need to attend one educational conference as the same information will be provided at each.
Wednesday, Februrary 28, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (RSVP by Feb. 19) OR
Tuesday, July 18, 9 a.m. – Noon (RSVP by July 9)
Complete the attached form and send it to RSVP.

NBCC Announces A Proposed Uniform Portability Plan for Professional Counselors

PRESS RELEASE: June 5, 2017


WASHINGTON, DC – A groundbreaking collaborative effort of four major professional counseling organizations aimed at improving access to quality mental health care nationwide has resulted in a proposed uniform portability plan called the National Counselor Licensure Endorsement Process.

The four organizations – the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) – believe that a uniform licensure endorsement process will:

  • Significantly increase public access to qualified care.
  • Establish minimum standards for safe practice.
  • Reduce administrative burdens for state regulatory boards and licensees.
  • Create consistency in licensure standards across state lines.
  • Ensure protection of the public and the continued development of the profession.

An overarching goal of the initiative is to move the counseling profession toward unified education standards, exam requirements and years of postgraduate experience. To see the National Counselor Licensure Endorsement Process, please go to

Let’s Keep The Momentum Going Forward!

The new year is upon us!  This is the time of year we generally prepare ourselves for ambitious plans, renewing commitments and eliminating clutter.  We have high expectations and great hope for an exciting year that offers us plenty of opportunities to grow and be better versions of ourselves.
In this same spirit, I am very excited to serve as the current president of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association, standing on the shoulders of past presidents  that served as impactful leaders in the field of counseling, it is both a privilege and honor to share in those efforts.  We currently have one of the best leadership teams in the state of Michigan that make up the board of MMHCA.  Day in and day out our Executive and General board invests meaningful time, great energy and a wealth of ideas to contribute to the growth of Professional Counselors across the state.  This upcoming year, the MMHCA team is very excited to put our best foot forward in offering Professional Counselors statewide one of the best membership experiences.
MMHCA’s mission is to develop and empower the mental health counseling profession and promote mental health for the community.  This year we intend to offer more diverse programming and supportive networking events that help members connect to like-minded professionals in the field, and develop relationships that can help impact their role as professional counselors.  These events help to bring us together and hear other voices from across the state and learn how we may support each other in the work that we do.  Truly we will accomplish much more as cohesive members of the profession instead of being fractured and spread out without any connection.
Not only do we intend to make meaningful strides in programming, we plan to continue working hard on the advocacy and legislative needs of professional counselors.  Over the past few years the leadership of MMHCA has been able to partner with key lobbying efforts to advocate on behalf of the professional counselor.  The significance of our voice is dependent upon our membership, the more we grow in numbers, the stronger and more solidified our voice becomes.   We need your membership and support to continue to strive for public policy initiatives that serve our professions interest, parity, and portability for our profession.  We are proud to represent and advocate for you the members of MMHCA, as well as, the future members of this great organization.
It is a great time to be a professional counselor in the state of Michigan. We continue to work on projects that have been started years ago, while starting a very worthwhile movement to positively impact our profession. B.F. Skinner said, “It is not a question of starting.  The start has been made.  It is a question of what is to be done from now on”.
We need your help to keep the momentum moving forward!


Napoleon Harrington MA, LPC, NCC 

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.