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By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD
AMHCA Executive Director & CEO

Register Online Now for 2011 Annual Conference in San Francisco, July 14–16

I hope you are already sharing our excitement about this year’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, a truly world-class city. Come join AMHCA July 14–16 for our 2011 Annual Conference. 

There were many reasons for AMHCA to select “the City by the Bay” for our gathering spot this year, but foremost was to celebrate the last state in the Union to pass counselor licensure and to proclaim full professionalism across the United States for mental health counselors. Already, we are headed for a record number of exhibits and sponsors for our California meeting.

We know you will enjoy staying in the conference hotel, the Park 55 Wyndham, located steps away from world-famous Union Square. Within walking distance from the hotel are fine restaurants, elegant shops, and Chinatown.

As, always, AMHCA has negotiated a competitive hotel room rate ($179). Are you looking to share a hotel room at the Parc 55 during the conference? If so, please call the AMHCA conference office at 877–743–5312. Your contact information will be collected and posted to the AMHCA conference website for those people who are looking for roommates.

AMHCA’s conference always draws high marks, in part because it is the only national conference exclusively for mental health counselors. In keeping with our conference theme of “Power of Partnerships: Effective Pathways to Mental Health,” we have invited two keynote speakers—one to start off each full day of the conference—and each well-known in the field of mental health counseling. 

To foster a sense of common purpose at the conference, we will begin each day together. On Friday we’ll hear Scott Miller, PhD, discuss the special characteristics of successful clinical counselors. Saturday morning, we’ll start the day together hearing Rick Hanson, PhD, talk about the integration of contemplative mindfulness with modern brain science.

As usual, AMHCA is offering pre-conference workshops as well. This July we are privileged to have Gerald Corey, EdD, ABPP, present on the latest in ethical issues, and Leslie Lundt, MD, will offer a presentation on psychopharmacology. Both pre-conference workshops will take place on Thursday afternoon, July 14, from 12:30 –5:30 p.m., for an additional fee. 

Information Technology

You’re missing something special if you have not viewed AMHCA’s Facebook page. Not only are the text postings informative, but new photos appear daily as our members share images with each other— whether from past conferences, political meetings, or just fun.

The vast majority of our information services to members are now sent electronically. The “Internet Age” has opened our messages to the globe, and one consequence has been AMHCA’s growing number of international memberships.

In addition to Facebook, AMHCA maintains online group sites for each of our four Regions: Midwestern, North Atlantic, Southern, and Western. Our e-commerce continues to expand with more new memberships and renewals arriving each month. Our Journal is archived in digital format.

Springtime Means AMHCA Elections

Look for your ballot for AMHCA’s spring elections in the mail soon. We have no more important activity than our annual leadership election, where our members select the individuals who serve on AMHCA’s board and guide AMHCA’s policies in the months and years ahead. 

AMHCA has continued to be fortunate in being able to attract dedicated and hard-working volunteer leaders. This year in addition to electing a new president-elect, we will select the next Western and Midwest Region directors. If you live in either of those regions, please give special attention to the candidates.

Don’t Have a Website for Your Practice? Here’s an Easy Way to Get One

In today’s culture, to find out what movies are playing at the local cineplex, or a store’s weekend hours, or to locate a dentist close to where they work, many people turn automatically to the Internet. To reach all the people considering going into therapy who want to find mental counselors in their area—and also want to know something about the philosophy and approach of the counselor before making contact—having a website for your practice is essential.

Even if you haven’t kept up with all the latest technology, you don’t have to miss out on having a customized website for your practice. AMHCA has partnered with, a business created by and for mental health professionals, whose motto is “websites for therapists.” 

AMHCA members are eligible to get the first month free when they sign up to have create their website. For more information, click on the TherapySites logo on AMHCA’s homepage, or click here