• 06/17/2016 12:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Nebraska Counseling Association continues to celebrate the awarding of its Past President’s Scholarship to a graduate student who is pursuing a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. This scholarship fund was established some years ago when a memorial donation was received after the death of Eldon Heskett, an NCA past president. Since that time memorials from families and friends of deceased NCA members have been deposited to this fund. In addition, on April 29, 1989, NCA took action to allocate earned interest from all NCA accounts to be transferred to the Past President’s Scholarship Fund to indicate support for this project. The first award was made in 1995. The NCA Executive Board has determined that three $300 scholarships will be awarded in 2016. 

    A committee of three former Presidents will select winners from applicants who have submitted appropriate documentation to NCA. Past winners may apply again for a second scholarship, but the committee will give priority to applicants who have not previously received a scholarship from this fund. If you have any questions, please contact Past President Nicole Trevena Flores at who will be the chair of this year's selection committee. 

    Eligibility for this award includes: 

    1. Applicants must be accepted into a graduate counseling program in the state of Nebraska with the intention of continuing in the program until they complete a master’s degree. 

    2. Applicants shall be current members of NCA. 

    3. Applicants shall have a Grade Point Average of at least 3.5 on a 4-point scale. Submit current transcript. 

    4. Applicants shall create and submit an application letter (limit 2 pages) that clearly indicates their intention to continue in the program and express their thoughts about their motivation to enter the counseling profession. 

    All Eligible Graduate Students are encouraged to apply. Scholarship winners will be presented with checks at the state conference lunch on Thursday, October 7, 2016. Application letters must be emailed to by August 15th, 2016 to be eligible. 

    NCA 2016 Awards Nomination-.doc

  • 06/09/2016 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of the questions we often get is, "What does NCA do?" This is a multi-layer hard to answer question, because we do so much! :)

    Today we are SUPER EXCITED to report on a project that we have been working on diligently! Read on for all the details!

    Part of your yearly dues goes towards paying for a membership with NABHO, Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations. You can learn more about them here:

    Our membership with NABHO is VITAL in keeping up on what is happening in the mental health world, and the information they provide is invaluable. We and many others have been working to ensure that any Legislation that is passed that raises Medicaid rates for the provides actually flows through and makes it to the providers, rather than stopping at managed care. This is something that our members also advocated for at Day on the Hill this year. Thanks again to all who went and helped us all get raises!

    We are so happy to provide the following email from NABHO's Executive Director Annette Dubas: 

    I decided to put this GOOD NEWS in the body of this email rather than the weekly report to make sure that it was not overlooked. The GOOD NEWS is there will be an additional 2.25% Medicaid provider rate increase for the 2016-2017 fiscal year!!!!!!!!!!!!

    After attending a Magellan town hall meeting where they reported there would be another 2.25% increase for Medicaid rates for the upcoming year Annette (NABHO) reached out to Director Lynch and the Legislative fiscal office to confirm that the rate increase will occur.

    Annette also confirmed from Magellan that they will be “***passing the state appropriated 2.25% rate increase across the board.*** I hope this is helpful as you are preparing your new budgets.

    YAAAAAY!!!!!! Congrats everyone! And be sure to renew your memberships to continue assisting us with important projects like this!

    Nicole Kauk, PP&L Committee Chair

  • 05/01/2016 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Board of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) has adopted a position statement regarding the “religious freedom” bill signed into law by Governor Haslam of Tennessee. This law allows counselors to turn clients away based on any personal belief even if the refusal to treat is discriminatory in nature. ASERVIC respects the spiritual and religious diversity of our membership. At the same time, ASERVIC affirms the place that the ACA Code of Ethics, the ASERVIC Spiritual Competencies, and the ACA’s non-discrimination statement have as the core foundation of our work. ASERVIC supports the decision of the ACA Governing Council to challenge conscience clause legislation by various states related to value differences and the potential harmful impact this type of legislation can have on individuals. ASERVIC values the diverse viewpoints and perspectives of our members and is committed to assisting counselors in honoring diverse perspectives while remaining true to their own values.  ASERVIC will continue to welcome the voices of ASERVIC members and continue to solicit feedback on this and other critical issues.

    Bruce Dickinson

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