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!

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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Maria Rawson, MA Candidate

Maria Rawson is an ambitious and ardent Foster Care and Adoption Specialist with four years of experience providing excellent services to a diverse range of clients in the state of Arizona. She is currently working with Arizona's Children Association where she is dedicated to improving the lives of children. She is passionate about connecting with the people she serves and creating a safe environment to process, work, and manage trauma. Her goal is to encourage growth and resilience in those who have survived traumatic experiences, bring families together, and heal generational traumas. Maria is involved in many advocacy such as volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and a Co-Founder of the Chicago School’s Anti-Human Trafficking Interest Group.
A holder of a B.S. in Alternative Medicine and Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychology, and Certificate of Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Research Foundation. Her areas of specialization include the neurobiology of sexual trauma and Child and Adolescent psychology. She is actively involved in the lives of people with a history of trauma to help them build coping skills for anxiety, depression, and trauma. For Maria, hearing that her counseling sessions have improved the lives of her clients is the greatest reward. Her interests include reading crime novels, collecting children’s books, and traveling. Maria will be graduating with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling October of 2022. 

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Jiyoung Moon, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, RPT

Dr. Jiyoung Moon completed her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision in the CACREP-accredited counseling program from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Moon is currently a visiting assistant professor and practicum/internship coordinator at St. Mary’s University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas, a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Additionally, she has completed advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr. Moon has worked in various community mental health settings focusing on trauma for all ages in South Korea and in the United States. Her clinical focus includes physical and sexual trauma in children and adults, developmental trauma, and generational trauma. Dr. Moon’s primary interests in counselor education are play therapy, trauma/crisis counseling, and multicultural/diversity issues.