Open Letter to the NAMRC Membership

January 8, 2021

Open Letter to the NAMRC Membership—

The civil disobedience (a.k.a.) uprising, insurrection, riot, domestic terrorism, etc., which occurred on January 6th at our nation’s capital, has impacted each of us differently depending on our experiences, affiliation and perspective; but has effected everyone similarly in the recognition of its significance for our country. For persons of color, the appearance of an obvious double standard in the treatment of so-called protestors, there is an understandable and justifiable sense of righteous indignation and anger over what was witnessed. For those aligned with the President, there is obviously a frustration over the inability to be heard, in an election they have been convinced was stolen from them.

Clearly, what the events of the day have indicated is that the wounds in this country are deep, the divisiveness is real and severe, and the schisms have the potential to destroy the foundations of democracy. The events of the day, have given rise, to the people of good will, of a common recognition of the need for change. Now is the time to get beyond name calling and blaming, to seek strategies for betterment, and opportunities to find common ground. While retribution and punishment should appropriately be addressed, they do not represent, nor should they be regarded as solutions for the major differences in perspectives, situations and conditions that currently exist in America.

The critical first step in effecting change is recognition that change is necessary. I believe the events of January 6th have enabled us to achieve that essential first step; it has helped to create the opportunity for change. That step must be followed by a willingness among people of good will, to work on it to make it happen. I believe we have those people. Lastly, we need a plan for change, a model and tools to make it happen, and the commitment of resources to make it occur. Each of these, I believe, already exists and we must advocate collectively, assuring the commitment of necessary resources for this important end.

As we in the rehabilitation community move forward, there are two important commitments to be made:

  1. The acceptance of personal responsibility to help effect change; and all of the personal growth and investment of time that accompanies that commitment,
  2. An investment in the practice of dialogue; and the openness, active listening, learning and sharing of information that is an integral part of it.

The good news is that we in the NAMRC community have been equipped with an appropriate model for change, the model for helping others attain cultural competence. That basic three step model- self-awareness, increasing knowledge of cultures (others), and developing applications based on that knowledge, provides an appropriate blueprint for moving forward.

We are at the crossroads for change, we have the choice of patching an old road that keeps getting more potholes, or creating a new one to take us in a different direction. I am proud to be a part of an organization that is in the business of creating change and increasing possibilities for all marginalized populations.

In sincere reflection,

L. Robert (Bob) McConnell, DPA

On behalf of the NAMRC Board of Directors

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MAMRC and the Winter 2021 Symposium

Announcement from the Michigan Association for Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (MAMRC) for their Winter 2021 Symposium. Two of our very own NAMRC board of director’s members are presenters!

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MAMRC Flyer for their Winter 2021 Symposium

MAMRC Flyer for their Winter 2021 Symposium

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Faculty opening at the University at Buffalo

Logo for the University at Buffalo - SUNYUniversity at Buffalo-SUNY is especially interested in diversifying its faculty and are asking applicants to describe their experiences in promoting social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To see the full description of the opening an begin the application process go to:


Don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Tim Janikowski, email:, if you have questions or want more information.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month


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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announced today that “Inclusion Drives Innovation” will be the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2017.

“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”

Every October, NDEAM celebrates individuals with disabilities and their contributions and achievements to the American workforce.

ODEP created this year’s theme with input from a wide variety of its partner organizations, including those representing employers, people with disabilities and their families, and federal, state, and local agencies.

In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October as ‘National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.’ In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM. In 2001, ODEP was established and formally began selecting the NDEAM theme.

Agency Office of Disability Employment Policy

Date August 2, 2017

Release Number 17-0696-NAT

Contact: Bennett Gamble

Phone Number   202-693-6587


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CRCC: Share My Why

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CRCC Share My Why

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WEBINAR: Ethical Considerations in Managing and Preventing Professional Burnout

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ASU invites you to: Ethical Considerations in Managing and Preventing Professional Burnout

  • Speakers: Dr. Angela Hall and Dr. Sekeria Bossie
  • July 29, 2020
  • 10AM to 1:30PM Central Time
  • Cost: $40

Session Description: Research shows that helping professionals such as counselors and therapists suffer from high rates of professional burnout.  The tendency of counselors to focus exclusively on the problems of others account for the high rates of stress, substance abuse, depression and even suicide in the field.  In addition to the personal ill effects of burnout, providing poor treatment for clients as a result of burnout can be considered unethical.

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COVID-19 & Racism: A Virtual Event on August 5-7, 2020

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Becoming Anti-Racist

Diagram for Becoming Anti-Racist which consists of four circles with various levels from becoming anti-racist to fear zone to learning zone to growth zone.

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TO: NAMRC Members

In keeping with Dr. Temple’s appeal to start conversations that inspire change by building cross-cultural alliances, we share this chart, Becoming Anti-Racist chart was inspired by the work of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and reflects his personal journey toward becoming anti- racist. First, we must define prejudice, discrimination, and racism:

  • Prejudice refers to irrational or unjustifiable negative emotions or evaluations toward persons from other social groups and it is primary determinant of discriminatory behavior (Fiske, Gilbert, & Gardner 2010).
  • Discrimination refers to inappropriate treatment of people of their actual or perceived group membership and may include both overt and covert behaviors, including microaggressions or indirect or subtle behaviors (e.g., comments) that reflect negative attitudes or beliefs about a non-majority group.
  • Racism refers to prejudice or discrimination against individuals or groups based on beliefs about one’s own racial superiority or the belief that race reflects inherent differences in attributes and capabilities. (Bailey, et al, 2017; Fiske, et al., 2010).

We encourage you to embark on your own personal journey with friends, family, and colleagues by discussing the different zones and taking action to reach and develop the growth zone.

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Position Statement from President Michell Temple

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Position Statement from President Michell Temple

Dear NAMRC Members:

The National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC) wants to firmly state that the racially motivated violence against Black people starting with the most recent events involving George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery in addition to the tens of thousands of Blacks who have lost their lives to COVID-19 is unacceptable. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best in 1963 from behind the walls of a Birmingham jail,  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

As a Black woman, President of the Association, and as the voice of the Board, I want you to know that I refuse to make sense of these senseless acts. The systemic societal issues that undergird our current situation reaffirm my commitment to engaging in uncomfortable conversations with civility.  I urge you to have conversations with diverse groups about these injustices to inspire change through the building of cross-cultural alliances.

More to come.

Sincerest regards,

Michell Temple, EdD, CRC, LPC/MHSP


January 2019 – December 2020

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FAMCD, ARCA, NAMRC, & NCRE Webinar Series*

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FAMCD, ARCA, NAMRC, & NCRE Webinar Series*

Webinar Overview: According to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, transition age youth comprise of individuals between the ages of 14-24 who face barriers to education, training, and employment. This webinar will focus on multicultural diverse populations of transition age youth and the self-advocacy strategies they often neglect to employ to improve their outcomes.

Training Objectives:

  • To increase attendees’ knowledge of self-advocacy strategies within transition aged youth.
  • To increase awareness of specific interventions relevant to the intersection of disability status and race/ethnicity.
  • To identify opportunities to help transition age youth use of self-advocacy skills.


Alexis Duggan, M.S., CRC currently works as a Student Disability Case Manager at Texas A&M University-Commerce.  She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) who recently received her Master’s degree in Counselor Education with a focus in vocational rehabilitation and clinical mental health counseling.  Alexis worked as a Special Education teacher for five years and has the goal of helping adults and adolescents with disabilities gain independent living resources and reach their career aspirations.  It is her passion to serve individuals with disabilities and assist them in living their best life. Alexis thoroughly enjoys working with the disability community and looks forward to sharing her expertise through this webinar!

Michell Temple, Ed.D., CRC, LPC/MHSP, NCC is the current President of the National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC), a division of the National Rehabilitation Association (NRA).  She holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and a doctoral degree in Professional Counseling and Supervision.  She is a doctoral candidate at Regent University, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), a nationally certified counselor (NCC), and a certified professional counselor supervisor (LPC).  She is also licensed as a professional counselor in the state of Georgia and a professional counselor with Mental Health Service Provider designation in Tennessee.  She currently serves as the Mental Health Counselor and ADA Coordinator at Tusculum University.


Continued Education Clock Hour (1) Available:

*The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling have approved this course under continuing education provider BAP#50-15249 and National Board of Certified Counselors Provider #2010 materials prepared for FCA, 2750 Taylor Avenue, Suite A-36, Orlando, FL 32806.

*The American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) has approved this course for one (1) hour of CRCC (Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification) continuing education clock hours (CEUs).

CEU Options:  

FCA Members:  NBCC and Florida Board CEUs are FREE for you.  Please indicate which CEUs you are seeking on your registration form.

ARCA, NAMRC, and NCRE Members can also receive one hour of NBCC or Florida Board CEUs for a small fee of $5.00.  Please select this registration option and indicate which CEUs you are seeking on your registration form.

CRC CEUs are AVAILABLE for Everyone:

ARCA Members receive CRC CEUs for FREE. 

For all others seeking CRC, please note there is a fee, payable to ARCA, in the amount of $17.50 for one hour.  However, ARCA is offering CRC credits for our webinar series including “Queering Disability and Exploring the Resiliency of Sexual and Gender Minority Persons Living with Chronic Illnesses / Disabilities” (April 30 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. EST) and “Broaching Race and Culture in Counseling and Supervision:  A Tool of Multicultural Competence” (May 1 from noon until 1:00 p.m. EST).  For two CRC hours the fee is $35 and for all three webinars, the fee would be $52.50.  Please indicate you are seeking CRC CEUs on your registration form and contact the ARCA office at to obtain your CRC Certificate.

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Best regards,
Florida Counseling Association

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