Amanda Richards, MA, LPCC, LADC, MAC
Position Expires: June 30, 2022
Contact @ firstname.lastname@example.org
I began my career as a music therapist then transitioned into Substance Use Disorder counseling and a few years later, completed my MA in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology at the University of Minnesota -- this was before counselors were licensed in Minnesota!
I found myself thrust into the role of advocate in the early 90s when I lobbied state representatives to add sexual orientation to the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA). I have visited the legislature on several occasions since, lobbying for changes to licensing requirements and parity in reimbursement, among other issues. Additionally, I often create "scripts" for colleagues to use in contacting representatives. Previously, I served as Ethics Chair for the MnCA Board (2015 - 2017), I decided to re-join the board to advocate for a Compact Licensing Law and to influence revisions in the LPC/LPCC licensing requirements.
Currently I have a consultation practice providing clinical supervision for individuals seeking licensure, consultation to persons who are already licensed, and technical expertise to Mental Health practices and Substance Use Disorder treatment programs. Also, I am Community Faculty at Metropolitan State University in the MS in Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling program and Adjunct Faculty at Adler Graduate School where I teach Clinical Supervision.