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The American Mental Health Counselors Association Deeply Saddened by Marysville School Shooting

Alexandria, VA. – The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is deeply saddened by the recent school shooting in Marysville, Washington. Our thoughts are with the families of victims, the student body, teachers and administrators as well as the community while they recover from this terrible tragedy.

AMHCA Statement on Reparative or Conversion Therapy

"Reparative" or "conversion" therapy, are practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity. These practices include efforts to change behaviors or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions and/or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.

Department of Defense Releases Final Rule on TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselors

On July 17, the DoD published a final rule to implement the TRICARE Certified Mental Health Counselor (TCMHC) provider type as a qualified mental health provider authorized to independently diagnose and treat TRICARE beneficiaries and receive payment for services. TRICARE has extended (to January 1, 2017) the time frame for meeting certain criteria to be considered for authorization as a TCMHC.

PDF of complete issue: October 2014

New Paradigms for Effective Outcomes—When Trauma & Chronic Distress Cause Disorders

In many cases, clients have little or no cognizance of what is driving their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, says H. Gray Otis, PhD, LCMHC, NCC, CCMHC, DCMHS-T. He has found that by helping clients become aware of these underlying issues, they are then in a position to effectively deal with them. AMHCA has invited Otis to present a two-part webinar for CMHCs on this topic.

White House Calls for Shared Effort to Help Prevent Suicide

AMHCA attended the White House Briefing on Sept. 22 on "Mental Health and Suicide Prevention," which featured experts representing the civilian, military, and government community, all intent on reducing the nation’s number of suicides.

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