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Advocate: October 2010
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A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO MINDFUL PRACTICES

By Julie Thompson, LPC Idaho State University  A decade of research has brought credence to age-old practices said to give a person “peace of mind.” Today, brain science and advances in imaging techniques show proof that mindful practices, originating from Buddhism, have a significant impact on the brain and a person’s ability to live a more peaceful life. 
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Measuring the Effects of Mindful Practice on Mood Disorders

Recently, a clinician I know shared a story of some research the clinician had been involved in that measured the effects of mindful practice on mood disorders. The researchers administered IQ tests to subjects
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COLUMN: REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO

By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD  It has already been a full year since we launched the new electronic version of The Advocate, and I am pleased to report that our conversion from print to digital has been a success. The same rationale we used when we made the decision a year ago continues to make the decision a good move for the association
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: VA’S COUNSELOR JOB QUALIFICATION STANDARDS RECOGNIZE LMHC SKILLS

By Julie Clements, JD  In late September, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its long-awaited job qualification standards for counselors. As the first completed step in a multistep implementation process of the counselor VA provider law
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NOTEWORTHY

Since July, mental health counselors and their clients have been able to download the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) and the General Anxiety Disorder questionnaire (GAD-7) without copyright restriction and at no charge. Both assessment scales are widely used tools for evaluating certain mental disorders. 
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STUDENT CORNER: CONFESSIONS OF A REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

By Reid Stell,  Serving as Student Regional Representative of AMHCA for Washington State from February through June was as enriching an experience as it was short-lived. Since graduating in June from City University of Seattle with my MACP (Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology),
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RISK MANAGEMENT: THE ALPHABET - SOME HINTS ON AVOIDING LIABILITY

By attorney Richard S. Leslie, JD  I thought I might have a bit of fun going back to my ABCs and that you might find some of these brief items helpful. Perhaps you can think of others. The thought here is to remind you of some of the basics that may help you avoid or minimize liability.
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COUNSELING TIPS: WHAT ARE YOU LIVING FOR?

By Gray Otis, PhD, LPC, CCMHC,  The recovery group members were discussing ways in which to avoid falling back into drug or alcohol dependence. Many good ideas had been voiced—“avoid boredom,” “don’t get triggered,” “stay away from old habits and haunts,” and “get new friends,” were just some of the suggestions.
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REFLECTIONS: Movies About War and the Soldiers Who Survive It

By Nancy Heller Moskowitz, LPC, NCC, CCMHC  “War is Hell!” Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman famously said. For many soldiers, going to war is synonymous with being in Hell—a hot, uncomfortable place where all are asked to pay a price for life or freedom. 
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