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Evangel grad students lobby on Student Legislative Day

Published on May 23, 2016 by Evangel University News

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – “Missouri’s professional counselors rely on citizen lobbyists, so it’s important for students to find their professional voice early in their career,” said Dr. Christine Arnzen, clinical mental health counseling program coordinator for Evangel University

Thirty-six counseling program graduate students from Evangel traveled to Jefferson City for the first annual Missouri Mental Health Counseling Association’s Student Legislative Day earlier this spring.

MMHCA is an association dedicated to supporting the needs of Missouri’s mental health counselors through legislative efforts, trainings and resources.

Group 2016 Legislative Day
More than sixty students and faculty members from across the state participated in the first Student Legislative Day in Missouri. How many EU people do you see? // (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The day trip to Jefferson City included sessions with state legislators, committee meetings and observations of the legislative process.

Graduate students had the opportunity to advocate for issues pertinent to Missouri’s professional counselors, including a non-discrimination bill allowing licensed professional counselors to have the same job prospects as other mental health professionals.

“I am so thankful for the chance to learn about the practice of advocating and the legislative process from my professors and other professionals in the field,” said Megan Poe, counseling program graduate student. “It is definitely something I will be able to use in the future.”

For more information about the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Evangel University, contact Christine Arnzen at 417-865-2815 ext. 8618 or at