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Advocate: September 2010
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AMHCA Survey Results: Concerns Cited With Managed Care, and With Funding Retirement

By Joan Normandy–Dolberg, LPC  More than 1,250 counselors throughout the United States participated in a survey AMHCA sent out in May during National Mental Health Counseling Week. 
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Attendees Embrace 'Positive' Tone of 12th Annual Conference 

By Karen Langer, LMHC The word “reunion” captures the feeling at AMHCA’s 2010 Annual Leadership Training and Conference, held July 14–17 in historic Boston. Although
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AMHCA Awards Program Honors Individuals

By Gay Bera, AMHCA awards recognize the dedication, motivation, skills, and compassion our members and state chapters embody and apply to their work with clients and the community. 
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THE AWARDS PROGRAM HONORS AMHCA STATE CHAPTERS, TOO

By Gay Bera, AMHCA  These awards acknowledge the outstanding activities directed at building stronger state chapters in a variety of categories.
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AMHCA Visits Rep. Kennedy's Capitol Hill Office to Honor Him as 'Legislator of the Year'

By Julie A. Clements, JD  AMHCA members from state chapters in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., presented Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D–R.I.) with AMHCA’s “2010 Legislator of the Year Award” in the congressman’s office on Capitol Hill
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COLUMN: The President's Say

By Tom J. Ferro, LCPC  I wanted to share a few thoughts with you about my year as president-elect and the start of my year as president. During both I have experienced some pivotal moments.
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COLUMN: REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO

By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD  As you will read and see in this issue, AMHCA had an excellent Annual Conference in Boston with record attendance (see article on page 8). While increased attendance is gratifying, the association’s 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: HEALTH REFORM PROVISIONS THAT ALREADY AFFECT YOU; AND BP ALLOCATES $52 MILLION FOR MENTAL HEALTH DAMAGES

By Julie A. Clements, JD  The landmark healthcare reform legislation President Obama signed into law on March 23 includes many provisions certain to impact mental health counselors. This law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), serves as a check on the health insurance industry.
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CHAPTER NEWS: Georgia and South Carolina

The LPCA of Georgia gave a presentation on the national identity of mental health counselors at AMHCA’s Annual Leadership Training Conference in July. Included was a video of LPCA of Georgia
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NOTEWORTHY

Screening for Mental Health invites mental health counselors to help end the stigma associated with mental illness by participating in the 20th National Depression Screening Day
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STUDENT CORNER: Get to Know Your Student Reps on AMHCA's Graduate Student Committee

By Sharon Cyrus–Savary  AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee (GCS) represents student members of AMHCA and works to advance their interests within the association. Graduate students are an integral part of AMHCA.
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REFLECTIONS: Some Comedies Are No Laughing Matter

By Nancy Heller Moskowitz, LPC, NCC, CCMHC  I must admit that I like to laugh. Many of you know that my email address is , and whenever I tell anyone new, they smile or chuckle. Point accomplished: make someone smile.
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COUNSELING TIPS: Can the Diagnosis Get in the Way of Treatment?

By Amy Peden, GSC Board Member   The initial impression “Wendy” had of her new client, “Michelle,” was of a bitter, depressed woman. Listening to Michelle’s stories of past abuse,
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