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(By Senators Laird, D. Facemire, Edgell, Foster, Jenkins, Browning, Plymale, Prezioso, Miller, Minard, Klempa, Kessler (Acting President), Wells and Stollings)


Designating January 20, 2011, as “Professional Counselor Day” at the Legislature.

    Whereas, Professional Counselors are distinct professionals with both national and state standards of preparation and certification; and

    Whereas, There are both nationally accredited and other graduate programs dedicated to the preparation of Professional Counselors; and

    Whereas, There are legislative requirements in West Virginia for the credentialing of Professional Counselors; and

    Whereas, There are both state and national associations dedicated to advancing the scientific, educational and philosophical foundations of the counseling profession and its members; and

    Whereas, Mental illness ranks first in terms of causing disability in the United States; and

    Whereas, Professional Counselors are committed to increasing community awareness about mental illness and its effects on people’s lives; and

    Whereas, There is evidence that counseling services help to alleviate and prevent both acute and transitional human development challengers; and

    Whereas, Professional Counselors are highly skilled professionals who provide flexible consumer oriented therapy; and

    Whereas, There are individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations within our society for whom counselors advocate and serve; and

    Whereas, Professional Counselors utilize assessment techniques and tools that provide a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution; and

    Whereas, Professional Counselors are committed to the prevention, enhancement and the facilitation of optimum wellness across the life span; and

    Whereas, Professional Counselors work in a variety of settings, including independent practice, community agencies, hospitals, employee assistance programs, military, government and educational institutions to provide resources and guidance that promotes wellness; and

    Whereas, Professional Counselors dedicate themselves to excellence in the profession of Mental Health Counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development; and

    Whereas, The Senate recognizes and appreciates the outstanding dedication of Professional Counselors for their caring, commitment and making a difference in the life of others; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Senate:

    That the Senate hereby designates January 20, 2011, as “Professional Counselor Day” at the Legislature; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate officials representing Professional Counselors.

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