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Chapter IX of the Alabama Counseling Association Welcomes you!

Newsletter Winter 2011


Chapter IX Matters

By Mary T. Earnest, Chapter IX President Elect


Great strides were made and new efforts were initiated by Chapter IX in 2010 under the leadership of Karena Valkyrie and it is our responsibility to continue and expand the good work in 2011.  We are extremely fortunate that Dr. Valkyrie will continue as Chapter Program Committee Chairperson, that we have Margaret Fox continuing as our Treasurer,  Kim Compton is continuing as our Publicity/Website Committee Chairperson, Kathy King is continuing as Secretary, Lisa Patterson will be out Historian, and Ashleigh Kerlin is continuing as our Student Blogger.  Additional officers and committee chairpersons who have been an active part of the team and new members will be contacted about confirming their positions or considering an open position. 

Our goals for 2011/2012 will be to:

  1. Continue our efforts to develop and expand the membership of the chapter through increasing connection with student groups, identifying new members, and engaging inactive members.
  2. Increase communication with all members and potential members through expanding e-mail and website efforts, and developing new contacts.
  3. Expand individual and chapter recognition efforts locally and statewide.
  4. Continue to plan workshops and activities that will respond to the needs of a diverse membership.
  5. Identify and get involved in a community service project that will benefit the local area.

Once installed, the officers will be meeting to map out a plan of action for 2011.  However, everyone needs to mark your calendar Friday, February 25th to attend the Winter/Spring Workshop at Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Dothan where Drs. Lynn Boyd & Jeanell Norvell will present on “Making the Connection: A Group-Counseling Model for Difficult Populations.”  Please remember we are here to serve you and want you to join a professional, progressive, friendly, and positive team in planning a very effective year.  You can get involved by joining or attending our business meeting that we coordinate with our workshops or just contacting us through our website survey at http://alcachapterix.com

The Valkyrie’s View

 I write realizing that this is my last contribution to the Quarterly as President of Chapter IX.  We begin this New Year installing our new slate officers at the February 25, 2011 business meeting which follows our winter workshop.  Your officers are:  Mary Earnest, President, Margaret Fox, Treasurer, Kathy King, Secretary, Kim Compton, Website/Newsletter/PR, and Lisa Patterson, Historian.  (For a full listing of all the committee chairs and members-at-large, please check out our website.)

Chapter IX has worked hard and has achieved many successes in the last three years and I am proud to have been part of the organization and effort behind those accomplishments.  We are clearly stronger as a chapter as evidenced by our exuberant annual meeting in Mobile where we welcomed several new members and renewed connections with several retired ones. One of our greatest accomplishments of the past three years is the award our Building Bridges workshop - Working with Diverse Populations: Ethics and Competency Issues received.  We are so proud of working with VII ALAADA, ALAMCD, ALCCA, and ALDARCA to create an award winning program.  Lisa Patterson was acknowledged as Outstanding Chapter IX member at the conference for her devoted service as president and website/newsletter “guru.”

Looking toward the future, we have an outstanding Winter Workshop prepared.  In a four hour format, Drs. Lynn Boyd and Jeanell Norvell will provide a workshop to review the ethics linked to group work, the stages of group development, and provide examples of effective exercises for dealing with difficult populations.  Group exercises covered include concepts linked with guided imagery, building trust, anger management, genograms, sculpting, and family of origins issues. This program is appropriate for all masters’ level counselors, as well as, all who hold an LPC or ALC. 

Important Info:  Friday, February 25, 2010, Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, 795 Ross Clark Circle, Dothan, AL 36303.  Walk-in registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Cost is very reasonable: ALCA professional members - $35, ALCA student members - $20; all others $45.  These fees guarantee lunch for those who register on Tuesday, February 22.  AND – any “none” ALCA member may pay the member price if they join ALCA on the day of the workshop.

To the members of Chapter IX, I have treasured being your president and thank you for all of the support and effort that enabled our chapter to see growth and success in these past three years.  I know we have a very bright future ahead and we are in very good hands with Mary and her team.  Come to the February workshop, get involved, and let’s keep this growth active.  Be well, happy New Year and fare-thee-well.


K.T. Valkyrie, PhD, LPC

Former President, ALCA-IX


PS... Reminder - As a way to encourage people to visit our website (http://www.alcachapterix.com/), we started planting a question or an activity in our website.  The first person who finds the hidden phrase or answers the question and sends the answer to drktvalkyrie@gmail.com will have $15 taken off her/his February workshop registration.

The Importance of Your Membership

From Chip Wood, ALCA Executive Director



Hardly a day goes by that the state office fails to receive one (and often more calls) from an Alabama counselor telling us that they need our help. Our first question is always “are you an ALCA member?” Almost always the answer is “yes”. Yet, when we check the person's membership(which we always do), we find that what the person often means is that I was a member a few years ago but have not renewed in several years (for whatever reason). Today ALCA has over 3000 people who are inactive members (members at one time but not currently active).


Can you imagine how much stronger ALCA and its efforts in behalf of our members would be if we had those inactive members participating? ALCA provides many wonderful services for its members. Yet, it is only as strong as the support we receive. The best way you can support our efforts is by maintaining your membership and supporting our conference.


Yes, we need your support and we need it now. The economic downturn has affected ALCA just as it has affected everything else. Membership is down some. We have financial reserves, but we cannot support the association very long on those. I urge you to maintain your membership. If it has lapsed, take the time to complete the renewal forms we send you or go to www.alabamacounseling.org and renew online. Remember we are only as strong as our membership helps us to be.

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    From the President : 

Karena T. (KT) Valkyrie 

We want to keep our chapter growing, and new ideas flowing.  Do something today by asking a peer or coworker if they are a member of ALCA.  If they are not already a member, invite them to join. 


 Nominate someone for an award.  Contact Karena T. Valkyrie, Lettie Jones or Justin Prescott.  


Submit information for our newsletter and ALCA’s.  Both always need information and it keeps other members informed.  Information can be on something you or someone else has done, a great program you attended, or any other news item.  It could be about something you or your employer has been a part of.  Let’s let the rest of our state know what's going on in the counties of Chapter IX.  


If you would like an email of a past issue, please contact us at :

Lisa Patterson

please contact Karena T. Valkyrie for any local news, pictures, upcoming workshops, or any other information that would be of interest to our members.  drktvalkyrie@gmail.com