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Advocate: February 2011
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2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: TWO KEYNOTES TO TEACH US HOW TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE COUNSELORS, AND MORE RESILIENT, LOVING, AND WISE

By Gray Otis  When working with couples, I am always fascinated to see how some of them are able to work through virtually any problem. Despite the most demanding challenges, these couples have forged a great working partnership. 
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GET TO KNOW GALE MACKE, AMHCA'S NEW TREASURER

Gale Macke: Currently I am the executive director for the AMHCA Georgia chapter, LPCA of GA. This position was the perfect opportunity for me, as LPCA of GA was looking for someone to run the “business” side of the association, including raising membership and building bridges with the other mental health organizations in the state.
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AMHCA ELECTION: CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

Stephen Brady received his MA and PhD degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an associate professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. Brady is currently the director of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program, a master’s Counseling Program. 
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AMHCA ELECTION: CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

Karen Langer, LMHC  My passion has always been clinical work, specifically with underserved populations. Through my work for the past 13 years in my current position—and nine previous years in a community mental health agency working with substance-abuse prevention and recovery and the seriously mentally ill (outpatient, partial care and residential) 
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AMHCA ELECTION: CANDIDATE FOR MIDWEST REGION DIRECTOR

Erik Oostenink, LMHC  I have been a licensed mental health counselor in Iowa since December 2001. Always a Midwesterner, I was born and raised in Michigan, but graduated from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, in 1994 with a BA in...
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AMHCA ELECTION: CANDIDATE FOR MIDWEST REGION DIRECTOR

Anita Walker, I am very proud to be considered a candidate for the Midwest Region director for the American Mental Health Counseling Association. My experience at the state and national level has prepared me to offer the Midwest Region new ideas and ways of creating stronger state organizations, with strong ties to the American Mental Health Counseling Association.
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AMHCA ELECTION: CANDIDATE FOR WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR

Laurie Hewitt Geren, for the past three and a half years, I have had the pleasure of creating and implementing my counseling passion as the owner of Magic Valley Counseling. I believe that individuals can successfully make positive changes as a result of insights and decisions that I respectfully have the opportunity to help facilitate.
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AMHCA ELECTION: CANDIDATE FOR WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR

Steven Tierney is professor of Counseling Psychology and chair of the Community Mental Health program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He received his doctorate from Northeastern University and a post-graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from Boston University.
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COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S SAY

By Tom Ferro, Happy New Year, everyone! As I think about New Year’s and making resolutions, the word that comes to mind is balance. I think it is one of the most challenging concepts many of us in the counseling profession face. 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: AMHCA ENCOURAGES CONSTITUENT/LEGISLATOR MEETINGS

By Julie A. Clements, In late December, Richard Lewis, co-president of the Maine Clinical Counselors Association, and a member of AMHCA’s Public Policy and Legislation Committee, flew to Washington, D.C., to lobby Sen. Olympia Snowe (R–Maine) for Medicare coverage for mental health counselors.  
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NOTEWORTHY

A company created for therapists, by therapists, TherapySites.com specializes in creating websites for mental health professionals that are engaging, professional, cost-effective—and extremely easy to maintain and update content. Through the partnership, AMHCA members will receive exclusive benefits and promotional offers. 
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COUNSELING TIPS: HOW CAN FORGIVENESS HELP OUR CLIENTS GET 'UNSTUCK'?

Joan Normandy–Dolberg,   We all have them … clients who are stuck in the past, who refuse to forgive old injuries and move on with their lives. Perhaps they were the victim of a crime or have been abused, perhaps a spouse has been unfaithful, or they are struggling to accept the actions or words of a family member, a neighbor, a coworker, or boss. 
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REFLECTIONS: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WOMEN IN 'THE WOMEN'

By Nancy Heller Moskowitz, Our topic this month is women’s perspective of romance, specifically, two versions of the film, “The Women.” About a group of society women and their relationships with their husbands, both films feature all-female casts, and though the husbands are talked about at length, they never appear on-screen. 
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THE LAST WORD: INEQUITY STILL EXISTS BETWEEN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS

By David H. DeBusman,  During my six years of post-master’s experience in the counseling field, I have worked at agencies with a wide scope of client populations struggling with issues ranging from substance abuse to marital difficulties. 
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