Importance of AAPC: “I was ever so blessed to obtain my first clinical internship experience with The Chesapeake Life Center, and it was here that I saw in action the importance of the body, mind, and spirit connection. The connection of body, mind, and spirit is the foundation of AAPC and therefore it was natural that I would find the support to grow in my career as a pastoral counselor. AAPC provides the forum where first responders, whether they be social workers, chaplains, or other clergy can collaborate with psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors in service to all individuals in all faith communities. This collaboration enhances the conversation to bring healing, hope, and wholeness to the diversity of humanity through the provision of spiritually integrated care and counseling. Taking on the role of Assistant Treasurer is my first step toward entering into this oh so important conversation and expanding my professional commitment to see all persons in need of mental health services have access to appropriate services.”
Biography: Susan Harvey is a recent graduate from Loyola University Maryland’s pastoral counseling program. Susan is embarking on the journey of embracing an avocation as a new vocation after having completed over 18 years of state service in various fiscal positions and retiring as the Director of Accounting of a cabinet level department. She has been a parent training instructor teaching courses to parents of children with special needs, she has been a participant in the IEP process advocating for the special needs of her two sons, she was instrumental in establishing a parent educator center in Anne Arundel County that became part of the Parent’s Place of Maryland, she and her husband have worked with couples in marriage preparation especially couples who are remarrying, and she has facilitated church ministries with single-again groups and bereavement groups. She is currently pursuing certification as a field traumatologist with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. As a pastoral counselor, Susan seeks to minister to the whole person weaving mind, body, and spirit in the counseling process, focusing on grief, loss, bereavement, depression, anxiety, and other stress-related traumas in the creation of life’s tapestry.