What is The Food Allergy Mental Health Association?
The Food Allergy Mental Health Association (FAMHA) is a collaboration space for food allergy-knowledgeable licensed clinical counseling professionals. Additionally, we welcome psychology-based research professionals focused on the psychosocial aspects of food allergies. Tamara Hubbard, LCPC founded the FAMHA, which was initially a networking group, in 2018 to establish a way to connect and support food allergy-knowledgeable counseling professionals and researchers interested in positively impacting and expanding the emerging food allergy mental health space. One of FAMHA's goals is to create opportunities to educate fellow mental health professionals about working with individuals and families managing food allergies. (Stay tuned for the debut of The Food Allergy Mental Health Association website!)
Who can join this Association?
FAMHA is for licensed clinical counseling professionals (that work with food allergic clients), such as Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPC), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), and Psychologists (PhD, PsyD), or those that are pursuing licensure. The purpose of this Association is to connect those that have food allergy knowledge and/or work with food allergic clients so that they can collaborate in expanding this niche and educating their peers. If you're a counseling professional that would like to learn more about food allergies/working with food allergic clients, please feel free to reach out to Tamara Hubbard, LCPC or one of the members of the Association with questions, as they can provide you with answers or resources.
So, what are the benefits of joining this Association?
Connection - Connect with other like-minded counseling professionals who understand food allergies and work with clients managing them
Sharing/Learning - Share great resources, techniques and research data that your peers may find useful. Additionally, members benefit a growing number of member resources, such as the Member Mentoring Section. There, members can either express interest in receiving/offering mentoring, listing specific skills, training, and topics they hope to share or gain.
Collaboration - Discover or create opportunities to collaborate on projects related to this counseling and mental health niche
Strengthen - By joining this Association, you're helping to strengthen the area of Food Allergy Mental Health and Counseling. Currently, this is an under-developed counseling niche. Therefore, the stronger FAMHA is, the stronger this niche becomes and the more resources will be available to the food allergy community and our mental health peers.
Visibility - Currently, many food allergic individuals and families express that it can be hard to find food allergy-knowledgeable counseling professionals in their area. In addition to joining the Association, food allergy-knowledgeable counseling professionals may inquire about being listed in The Food Allergy Counselor Directory. This Directory is a state-by-state listing of counseling professionals that understand and work with clients with IgE-mediated food allergies. (USA/Canada)
Sounds great! Where can I join & connect with other members of the Association?
If you are interested in joining The Food Allergy Mental Health Association, reach out via the contact form below.
FAMHAhas discussion groups housed in two locations: Facebookand LinkedIn. (Currently, the Facebook version is the most active. However, in the future, this group will be housed on a separate website or platform).
If you would like to be part of the discussion group, but are not on Facebook or LinkedIn, please reach out via the contact form below to express interest or to be placed on the list to receive the future newsletter.