Judith Bertenthal-Smith, assistant professor of psychology at Davis & Elkins College, was voted president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association for 2013-2014 in AMHCA's spring elections.
Bertenthal-Smith has served as director-at-large on AMHCA's board since 2007 and has twice chaired the strategic planning meeting. She joined the AMHCA board this July for a year as president-elect. She has been a psychology/counselor educator for more than 30 years and an LPC for more than 20 years.
"The events of the past few years and the state of the economy - coupled with my work with the Red Cross and my ongoing experiences with the HIV/AIDS community - have heightened my commitment to AMHCA's increased visibility and its mission to serve our membership and to meet the increased demands for quality mental health services," Bertenthal-Smith said in a news release. "Quality professional services will be in especially great demand for veterans returning from our country's recent wars; we need to meet that demand."
Bertenthal-Smith is also board liaison to AMHCA's graduate student committee and served on the conference planning committee in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. She is past president of the West Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors Association and past president and co-founder of the West Virginia Association for Play Therapy.
On the faculty of Davis & Elkins College since 1986, Bertenthal-Smith teaches in the department of psychology and human services, sociology and criminology, as well as in the department of education.
She has earned degrees from Case Western Reserve University and West Virginia University, and she earned the honorary master of humane letters from Davis & Elkins College. She was the recipient of an LSTA grant to create a Multicultural Children's Literature Collection in the college's Henry Booth Library, and in 2009, she received a Mellon Fellow Community Initiative Grant focusing on the globalization of small college campuses.