|Advocate: December 2010/January 2011|
CUBA, SI! ... IN MAY, WITH AMHCA
It’s the most populous island nation in the Caribbean, but not one that’s routinely on the ports of call of the cruise ships that ply the Caribbean waters. You can take advantage of a rare opportunity for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba in May, along with fellow AMHCA members, and participate in an exclusive, six-day professional research program.
CARTER CENTER EXPERIENCE SPARKS FERRO'S PASSION FOR VETERANS AND MENTAL HEALTH
By Tom J. Ferro, LCPC While I have attended more than a few workshops and conferences in my 25 years as a mental health counselor in private practice, never have I attended a symposium as moving and inspiring as the 26th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy.
NOMINATE A PEER, A STATE CHAPTER, OR YOURSELF FOR A 2011 AMHCA AWARD
By Gay Bera, LPC “The Power of Partnerships: Effective Pathways to Mental Health” — the theme of AMHCA’s 2011 Annual Conference in San Francisco — highlights the importance of recognizing and joining with others to strengthen our personal and professional paths to greater mental health.
GET TO KNOW AMHCA'S NEW SOUTHERN REGION DIRECTOR
A. Keith Mobley, PhD, Mobley holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a licensed professional counselor. For several years, he has been active with AMHCA’s North Carolina chapter and has participated in AMHCA Leadership Trainings. In 2006, Chi Sigma Iota named him Outstanding Practitioner Supervisor.
COLUMN: REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO
By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD As always, I want to start my column in this issue by wishing a Happy New Year to all AMHCA members and Advocate readers! Your professional headquarters staff continues to explore and embrace ways to enhance the mental health counseling profession and your valued membership with AMHCA.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: LOOKING BACK AT THE 111TH CONGRESS, AND AHEAD AT THE FIGHT FOR MEDICARE COVERAGE
By Julie A. Clements, JD Mental health counselors should take pride in the legislative victories they have achieved in 2010. The profession has been one to exclusively experience several legislative victories. For example, as of the beginning of October 2010, mental health counselors can be hired to work in the Veterans Health Administration.
Is Bipolar Illness Overdiagnosed in Children? Treatment for the extreme emotional outbursts seen in some children may benefit more from family therapy than from psychopharmacology, according to the American Psychiatric Association.
REFLECTIONS: AS ANOTHER YEAR ENDS, WE ALL COULD USE A LAUGH
By Nancy Heller Moskowitz As holiday celebrations abounded and everyone scrambled to say good-bye to the old year and welcome in the new one, I came upon a wonderful find.
COUNSELING TIPS: HOW DO WE REALLY MEASURE SUCCESS?
By Joan Normandy–Dolberg, As a result of demands for accountability by insurance companies and public policymakers, mental health counselors face increased pressure to demonstrate that our work with clients is effective.