American Mental Health Counselors Association
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2014 Annual Conference

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AMHCA 2014 Annual Conference
Thriving in the New Era of Healthcare Reform
July 10-12, 2014 in Seattle, Washington

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Wondering how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect you, your practice and your clients? You won’t want to miss what AMHCA is offering in Seattle as we "Thrive in the New Era of Healthcare Reform"
  • 11 ACA-focused workshops totaling 16 hours of CEs
  • ACA Certificate of Attendance when you participate in at least 10 hours ACA topics
  • Preconference Topic: How the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impacts Mental Health and Substance Abuse Providers
  • Keynote: Leading Change in an Era of Health Reform: The Role of Clinical Mental Health Counselors

Keynote Speakers: Dr. John Gottman and Pamela
Hyde, J.D., SAMHSA Administrator

Friday Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Gottman
"The Science of Trust and Betrayal"

GottmanExplore "The Science of Trust" in the context of couple relationships, including the physiology of trust and betrayal, and the mathematics of trust and betrayal. Recent research from John Gottman’s laboratory will be reviewed that leads to a precise definition of trust. Dr. Gottman will also talk about a new empirically-based theory of trust, how to create trust in love relationships, and how it is sometimes possible to heal from betrayal. This presentation is geared towards a clinical audience and is based upon Dr. Gottman’s latest books, “The Science of Trust” and “What Makes Love Last? How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal.” 

Dr. John Gottman is world renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, voted as one of the top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter century by the Psychotherapy Networker. John Gottman has conducted 40 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples, has authored or co-authored 40 books, including New York Times Best Seller, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, and What Makes Love Last? Dr. Gottman is sought after by the media as an international relationship expert and has had appearances on Oprah, Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America, Today and many more. He brings warmth and humor to his engaging style of presentation. Dr. Gottman provides training for clinicians, teaches workshops for couples, and provides marathon therapy. The Gottman Institute provides worldwide training for therapists and offers certification in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Learn more at


Argosy University
Alcoholics Anonymous
Astoria Pointe–Rosebriar
Association Book Exhibit
BrainMaster Technologies, Inc.
Cascade Behavioral Hospital
City University of Seattle
Client Track, Inc.
Cornerstone of Recovery
Diamond Healthcare Corporation
Eating Recovery Center
Elements Behavioral Health
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

IITAP—International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals

Jackson County Health & Human Services

Kasa Solutions
Lakeside-Milam Recovery Centers
Mississippi College
Morningside Recovery
Mothers Against Drunk Driving

National Frontier and Rural ATTC & Northwest ATTAC

Sovereign Health Group
Therabill LLC
Valant Medical Solutions
Veterans Crisis Line
Vision Works Software
Walden University

Washington Mental Health Counselors Association

Exhibit at the AMHCA Conference – download the application

Saturday Keynote Speaker: Pamela Hyde, J.D., SAMHSA Administrator
Pamela Hyde
"Challenges and Opportunities for Mental Health Professionals: Behavioral Health as Public Health in an Era of Health Reform"

Administrator Hyde will discuss the current drivers of change in the behavioral health field including behavioral health’s role in public health; implementation of the Affordable Care Act; and emerging issues facing the behavioral health workforce. She will explore ways to strengthen partnerships and address the evolving role of providers with regard to new opportunities for behavioral health in health care.

Ms. Hyde was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2009 as Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Ms. Hyde has more than 35 years of experience in management and consulting for public health care and human services agencies. She has served as a state mental health director, state human services director, city housing and human services director, as well as CEO of a private non-profit managed behavioral healthcare firm. SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s $3.5 billion annual budget supports programs to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. SAMHSA is the lead federal agency in implementing all provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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