Advocacy Committee

Advocacy Committee:  Monitors, researches and identifies areas for public policy advocacy on behalf of professional counselors working in the specialty areas of traumatic stress and resilience; gathers and shares information with the IARTC Board that confirms and highlights the need for state or national government action through legislation; communicates with state and national legislators in support of the needs of professional counselors working in the specialty area of traumatic stress; and performs relevant duties as from time to time may be prescribed by the IARTC President, on recommendation by the IARTC Board. with your team.

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Jemima Lormeus, BA

Greetings ! My name is Jemima Lormeus and I am a first-generation Haitian American graduate student. I began my studies at Florida Atlantic University and graduated in 2019 with a bachelor's in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. I am currently a graduate student in Mental Health Counseling at Lynn University. My passion for counseling started in my undergraduate studies. Realizing the need for mental health counselors in my community raised my awareness and increased my passion to further my education.  My long-term goals are to gain my licensure and to be able to provide services to the Haitian community and educate them on the mental health field. Being in the Advocacy Committee for the International Association for Resilience and Trauma Counseling allows me to learn about the many cultures we may face and proceed to advocate, emphasize, and understand. Aside from my career, as a hobby I love to watch rap battles, food blog, and travel! I look forward to serving and working this year!

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Dr. Zoya McCants, EdD, LMHC (NY), LPC (NJ & PA)- ACS

Dr. McCants is a doctorate level licensed mental health counselor with concentrations in leadership, trauma, counselor education & clinical supervision, and social justice policy development. Dr. McCants is a certified trauma informed specialist and trainer, and utilizes therapeutic modalities such as MBCT, CBT, Narrative Therapy, restorative breathwork, and trauma conscious yoga approaches. She is licensed in NY, NJ, and PA. She is an advocate for under-served populations, LGBTQIA population, and women’s rights. Dr. McCants is an Assistant Professor and the Program Director of Mental Health Counseling Program at Long Island University -Brooklyn campus. She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Touro College. 

Dr. McCants operates a group practice, Right to Heal, LLC in Northern NJ. In her practice she applies her skill set to work with individuals and couples, blending mental health care with breathwork, use of the physical body, and healthy living habits. Dr. McCants empowers her clients to increase motivation, resilience, and healing from trauma. In addition, Dr. McCants provides consultation services to non-profit organizations that are seeking to integrate wellness and behavioral health practices into their work, as well assist in creating program evaluations and SMART goals for reviewers. 

Dr. McCants has been a keynote speaker, trainer and consultant for organizations and events in NY, NJ, and PA. She has developed wellness and trauma informed programs and provides CE trainings for other mental health clinicians. Dr. McCants currently serves as the President for The American Counseling Association- NY Chapter. 

Kelly Lansden,  MA, ALC, NCC

Kelly Lansden is an Associate Licensed Counselor in the state of Alabama and Nationally Certified Counselor under the supervision of Chuck Duer, LPC-S. She completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Birmingham-Southern College. Kelly currently works at SafeHouse of Shelby County treating survivors of intimate partner violence and completed an internship at Crisis Center, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama where she treated survivors of sexual assault. Kelly has special interests in working with trauma, LGBTQIA+, chronic illness and disability. She utilizes a trauma-informed, integrative and holistic approach to counseling, incorporating CBT, DBT, systemic, and narrative strategies to best benefit her clients.

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