Irene Mass Ametrano, Ed.D., is Professor and Coordinator of Counseling Programs at Eastern Michigan University. She began her professional career as a college counselor at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ). From there she went to Apalachee Community Mental Health Services (Tallahassee, FL) where she served, first, as a Counselor in the Emergency Services unit and then as the Supervisor of that unit. She joined the counseling faculty at Eastern Michigan in 1981. At EMU Dr. Ametrano's teaching focuses on courses in clinical mental health counseling, including counseling process, crisis intervention, ethical and professional issues, and diagnosis and treatment planning. She also supervises practicum and internship students. Dr. Ametrano provides clinical supervision for limited licensed professional counselors (LLPCs) who work in agencies and private practice.
Dr. Ametrano has held a variety of leadership positions in professional associations in Michigan, but her primary efforts have been in promoting counselor licensure. She served as President of the Michigan Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (MACES) and as Secretary of the Michigan Counseling Association (MCA). As co-chair of the MCA Counselor Licensure Committee, she worked on drafting the legislation that ultimately was signed into law in 1989. Dr. Ametrano was appointed to and served on the first Michigan Board of Counseling. During her years on the Board, Dr. Ametrano was integral in writing the first set of Administrative Rules, which clarified training and experience requirements as well as the scope of practice for counselors. She continues to serve as the co-chair of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors' (MMHCA) Public Policy and Licensure Committee, working to promote and strengthen the professional counseling license. Most recently, Dr. Ametrano played a central role in writing and obtaining passage of a new licensure law, which strengthens the LPC scope of practice. The new law went into effect in January 2020. Dr. Ametrano is co-author (with Dr. Sara Sue Schaeffer) of a widely used monograph entitled, "Counselor licensure and scope of practice in Michigan: Historical perspectives and current practice".