2018 Annual Leadership Summit: Forging a Shared Leadership Vision

State Chapter Leadership Summit, August 1

8.5 Contact Hours/CEs

The Annual AMHCA Leadership Training Forum brings together leaders from AMHCA Chapters, seeking to enhance their leadership skills and dedication to the clinical mental health counseling profession.  The plenary sessions, break-out content sessions, and the opportunities to network with fellow leaders from around the nation, make this a unique opportunity for professional and personal growth. Our educational sessions – and presenters– are designed to generate ideas and provoke new thinking. You will have an opportunity to explore different approaches and best practices to help you manage and lead your chapters. Our two session tracks make this a perfect training for both new chapter leaders as well as continuing leaders! And be ready to share what you learned and jump into the conversation.

Don’t miss out on this year’s Forum!

Track #1: Ideal for NEW State Chapter Leaders

Track #2: Ideal for Returning State Chapter Leaders


7:30 – 8:30 am

Breakfast, Check-in at Registration

8:30 – 10:00 am

Welcome Presentations – AMHCA Board, Staff

Presenters: Al Goodman, Joe Weeks and Joel Miller

Introduce Board Members and Staff Members, Brief Statements

State of the Association

Goals for 2018-19

Addressing the Needs of the AMHCA Enterprise

Takeaways: President Goals/Activities; Most Current Updates on Projects; State Chapter Liaison; Advocacy on Medicare, TRICARE, VA

10:15 – 11:00 am

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: You're on the Board: Now what?

Presenters: Rudy Guajardo III and Don Gilbert

Tax Status and Financials, Governance Relationships, Successful Budgeting, Identity and Branding, Fundraising and Development, Working with Management, Mining the Mission

Track 2: Getting Your State Chapter in Order

Presenter: Jim Blundo

Developing A Strategic Plan, Integral Technology Management, Board Roles, Accreditation and Licensure Advocacy, Optimizing Professional Development, Fundraising and Development, Legal Liability Issues, Representing the National and State association

11:50am - 12:50 pm

Lunch With Your Regional Director

Attendees will meet with their Assigned Regional Director

  • Discuss previously assigned task: gathering regional data, dx & tx status, current state licensing laws, board liability laws for their states
  • Brainstorm/develop a “regional project” that can be worked on for the next year (30 minutes) group discussion focused on chosen regional projects
Takeaways: Regional Contacts and Synergy; A Regional Project; Needs and Data to Enhance Grassroots Advocacy

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Plenary Session

Legislative and Regulatory Priorities for Counseling Leaders 
Presenter: David Bergman, NBCC
Licensure, Portability, State programs, Veterans, Occupational Classification, Military, Federal Funding

Takeaways: Successfully Meet Your Responsibilities

2:45 – 4:15 pm

Breakout – Ask Us Anything (Interactive)

Track #1: State Chapter Relations and Marketing 
Presenters: Angele Moss and Rebecca Gibson

Track #2: Governance, Finances and Advocacy
Presenters: Joel Miller and Al Goodman

Takeaways: Your Chance to Voice Your Needs; Have a Say in AMHCA’s Plans

4:30 - 6:00 pm

Plenary Session: How to Advocate in Your State

Presenters: Joe Weeks, Kacey Peterson and Joel Miller
The Life of a Bill, Administrative Advocacy, Behind the Scene,s Coalition Building, Updates on Federal Issues (other than Medicare)

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Welcome Reception at Double-Tree Hotel

Pre-Conference Training Seminars, August 1, 2018

There will be a six hour block of time that you can choose to go to any of three concurring sessions. You're pre-conference fee gets you access to this six hour block of sessions.
$100.00 Members; $125.00 Non-Members
6.0 Contact Hours/CEs Includes Four 90-minute Sessions

10:00 – 10:30 am

Check-in at Registration

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Neurobiology of Trauma and Treatment Implications by Judith Swack
Writing a Clinical Evaluation for Immigration Purposes by Patricia Timerman

12:00 – 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Clinical Supervision: Issues of Accountability by Stephen Giunta
Dropping the Struggle: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Trauma and Substance Abuse by Kevin Waller

2:45 – 4:15 pm

Dissociation and Couples Therapy: Assessment and the Optimal Zone by Regina Morrow Robinson
Clinical Supervision with Consideration of Multicultural Historical Trauma in Communities of Color by Aja King

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Lost in the Forest: A Guide to Understanding PTSD & Trauma by Elaine Dilbeck
Pornography Therapeutic Interventions by James Messina

7:30 – 9:30 pm - Reception at DoubleTree Hotel

Forensic Mental Health Evaluator Certification Course, August 1, 2018

$500.00 Licensed Counselors; $250.00 Students/Interns
8 Contact Hours/CEs in Classroom and all examination fees required for certification and additional training resources are included in price.


7:30 – 8:30 am

Breakfast, Check-in at Registration

8:30 – 6:00 pm

Training Session with Breaks and Hour for Lunch