NAA Therapist who are EMU Alumni


             Eastern Mennonite University celebrated their impact on the Mental Health Community with the Fall/Winter/Spring 2011-2012 publication of "Crossroads" magazine, called "To Mental Health with Love,” March 2012. NAA has three Therapists who are alumni of EMU. They are:

Mercy Henning Souder LPC, 99,
Rose Stolzfus Huyard LPC, MA 96, and
Bonita Hertzler Jantzi LCSW, 73.r LPC, MA 95.


HDR Award

Jenny Kuszyk was presented with the Volunteer of the Year award at Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance’s (HDR) annual Celebration & Reception on October 24, 2011.  HDR director Mr. Eddie Bumbaugh, had these comments to make:
       Jenny Kuszyk has been an important supporter of HDR and downtown since our beginning eight years ago.   She serves on our Advisory Board and Organization Committee and does much more than attend meetings, and often volunteers to serve on subcommittees and with special projects. Jenny’s passion for downtown leads to impressive commitments for event sponsorships from businesses and individuals.  Also Jenny is very generous with her own resources and support from Newman Avenue Associates. A number of events have experienced record sponsorship levels due to her commitment to goals and consistent follow through.  In addition she, her mother and a friend have taken responsibility for fresh flowers and beautiful decorations for Renaissance Night and Temptations at the Theater. Jenny thanks so much for making a real difference in downtown and ensuring success with many of our fundraising events.  The 2011 Volunteer of the Year award is well deserved

NAA Counselor Joe Lynch to Speak at Upcoming Conference

Joseph Lynch LCSW, CSOTP is a presenter in a Symposium sponsored by the Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work, December 16, 2011 in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The topic is Sexual Violation. The complete title is Sexual Violations: Prevention & Intervention with Victims, Survivors, Perpetrators, Therapist  as Perpetrators, & the Community.

The Symposium will explore sexual violation in several different ways that present as clinical issues.  The panel from the Collins Center is an intense sharing by survivors of child sexual abuse , a man convicted, imprisoned and in treatment for child sexual abuse, and two other panel members- a victim/survivor therapist and a sex offender therapist. They share their experiences and hope to open a dialogue that will enable the community to prevent child sexual abuse. 

Mr. Lynch will then present on two topics. First he will address the problem of therapist as perpetrators of sexual violation of their clients. Mr. Lynch served on the Virginia Board of Social Work- the licensing board in Virginia for Social Worker.  He chaired the discipline committee for nine years. In this capacity he learned that sexual misconduct by therapist is one of the major areas of complaints that are brought by consumers to the licensing boards. 

Mr. Lynch will look at evaluation and treatment of this problem and suggest some changes to improve how Virginia deals with this problem.  Next Mr. Lynch will present on the evaluation and treatment of Internet Pornography problems with adults and adolescents. 

This is a growing problem area that is being seen in many therapist offices. The Symposium also includes a panel during the lunch break that will respond to the suggested changes Mr. Lynch is proposing for Virginia. The day will conclude with a presentation from Mr. David Boehm on assessment of Sexual Offenders.  

The Symposium will be an intense day exploring some difficult topics.  Mr. Lynch is committed to being part of the effort to make our Virginia Community a safer place.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work announces:

Joseph G. Lynch, LCSW, long time Harrisonburg resident, and Blue Ridge Chapter member, was honored on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the statewide Board Meeting of the Virginia Society for Clinical Social Work. 

As he is affectionately known to many, Joe, was recognized for lifetime achievement in the field of Clinical Social Work.  Long active in the profession, he was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Community Mediation Center.  He also was a founding member of the Board of Directors of  Citizens Against Sexual Assault (CASA – now known as the Collins Center).  He was involved in the development of Social Work licensure.  Later he joined in the effort to have Clinical Social Work recognized by the insurance industry, thus making mental health benefits available to many in rural Virginia who lacked affordable services.  

Joe was appointed by two Governors to successive terms on the Virginia Board of Social Work and went on to chair that board as well as serving as Chair of the Discipline Committee.  He represented Social Work as member and Chairman of the Virginia Health Practitioner Intervention Program Committee, with the Department of Health Professions providing oversight for the effort to monitor impaired practitioners in order to assure safe practice for citizens of the Commonwealth. 

Most recently he was appointed to the State Human Rights Committee. Adjunct professor at several universities, Joe is the author of many professional articles.  He is considered an expert on Ethics and lectures across the state on ethical issues as they impact the profession. In addition to his Social Work activities, Joe serves on the Vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.  The VSCSW Award for Achievement in the Profession of Clinical Social Work will hence forth be known as the Joseph G. Lynch Award.

It turns out that this is the second Lifetime Achievement award that Joe has received.  His first award was in 2007 from the National Association of Social Workers, Virginia Chapter. Joe's brother Mike created a web page about the awards. http://community.middlebury.edu/~lynch/joe.html