July 18, 2018, TCA and TSCA were invited to testify before the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security. TCA/TSCA member Sharon Bey testified. Thank you Sharon! View her testimony starting at 2:48:33.
June 27-28, 2018 TCA and TSCA were invited by the House Public Education and Public Health Committees to testify on strategies to create safe and secure schools and improve mental health for all Texans. TSCA President-elect Kimberly Ridgeley, TCA Past President Cyndi Doyle, and TSCA Past President Eli Zambrano gave testimony. View 6/27 and 6/28 testimony at the Texas House Public Education/Public Education committee hearings. Thank you members who took time to testify!
The members of the Texas Counseling Association express concern regarding the harmful effects of separating children from their families which is currently occurring at our borders.
Research indicates that separating parents and children during stressful life events create Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) leading to progressive life-long trauma, chronic fear, and impaired brain development. Cortical structures do not develop properly, which impacts attention, planning, judgment, and emotional control.These impairments have long lasting effects into adulthood.
TCA supports a swift and urgent reunification process for families that have been separated at the U.S. border. TCA also urges the current administration to provide a safe environment and necessary mental health treatment for the trauma inflicted upon all family members impacted.
Contact your representatives and educate them on the impact of separating families and the positive mental health impact of reunification.
View a list of organizations that are mobilizing to help immigrant children separated from their families.
Read more about the impact:
Akers, K. (2014). Cozolino, Louis. The neuroscience of human relationships: attachment and the developing social brain. CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, (12). 2273.
Tello, A., Castellon, N., Aguilar, A., Sawyer, C., (2017). Unaccompanied refugee minors from Central America: Understanding their journey and implications for counselors. The Professional Counselor, 7(4), 360-374, doi:10.15241/amt.7.4.36.
On May 24, The Sunset Commission voted on the decisions that drive the legislation governing the structure of the mental health licensing boards. Their actions aligned with the recommendations made by our coalition which includes TCA, NASW-TX, TAMFT, and TSCSW, and include:
Consolidate the Board of Marriage and Family Therapists, Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Board of Social Worker Examiners with the Board of Examiners of Psychologists to create the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council.
They also adopted other Sunset Commission staff recommendations that were not of concern to TCA and our allies. The next step will be drafting legislation to be considered by the Legislature when it convenes in January. Please know that TCA will be your strong voice throughout this process. We will keep you informed and alerted to the need for next steps. In the meantime, please be sure to thank the members of the Sunset Commission for their support.
View the April 25, 2018 Sunset Commission hearing. Testimony on the behavioral health boards begins at 2:38:00, and TCA testimony begins at 4:11:59.
Position Statements Sunset Commission Staff Report: Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists; Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners TCA talking points on Sunset Report
Support the counseling profession and TCA’s public policy agenda!
|June 27-28, 2018
||House Public Education and Public Health Committee hearings with TCA/TSCA testimony.
|April 27, 2018||Sunset Hearings: Action Needed!
|April 5, 2018
||Sunset Review Action Needed; Licensing Board Tips|
|August 4, 2017
||Dr. Katherine Bacon's Senate Health and Human Services Committee Testimony, SB 114
|August 3, 2017
||Call to Action: Sunset Legislation on the Move!
|June 20, 2017||TCA Bill Status Report - Final
|June 13, 2017
||Call to Action, Membership eUpdate June 2017
|June 2, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|May 26, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|May 22, 2017||Urgent Call to Action
|May 19, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|May 15, 2017
||Action Alert! Contact HHSC on Medicaid Rate Rules by 5/18/17
|May 12, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|May 9, 2917||CORRECTED Urgent Action Alert!
|May 8, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|April 28, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|April 21, 2017||CORRECTED Call to Action and Weekly Update|
|April 14, 2017||CORRECTED Call to Action and Weekly Update
|April 7, 2017
||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|March 31, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update
|March 28, 2017
|March 24, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update|
|March 17, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update|
|March 10, 2017||Breaking News and Weekly Update|
|March 3, 2017||Call to Action and Weekly Update|
|February 24, 2017||SB 1022 and Texas Supreme Court Ruling|
|December 6, 2016
||Contact all Sunset Commission members regarding the staff report. Contact information and talking points.
|August 23, 2016||TCA member Valerie Martinez from Northside Independent School District in San Antonio provided testimony before the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice regarding cyber bullying. Watch Valerie starting at 1:05:34.|
|April 27, 2016||TCA member Sharon Cunningham delivered invited testimony before the Texas Legislature's Special House Committee on Mental Health to address initiatives on increasing access to mental health services in Texas. Watch Sharon starting at 1:43:00.|