|Advocate: April 2011|
2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: GET READY FOR THE BEST CONFERENCE YET, GET SET, AND MOST IMPORTANT -- GO!
By Gray Otis, All of us on the AMHCA Conference Planning Committee have done our best to make this a great experience for everyone who comes. But it won’t mean a thing if you’re not there. Why? Because the conference will just not be the same without you.
DEVASTATION IN JAPAN HAS PERSONAL IMPACT ON AMHCA MEMBER
By Roy Huggins, It started with Facebook, as these things so often do these days. A friend in Japan posted, “Wow! BIG earthquake hit Tokyo 5 mins ago. Shook like hell.” Soon after, my feed was covered in reports of shaking, aftershocks, and seasickness. The place I’d so recently left was in a state of disaster.
YOUR FOUNDATION AT WORK
Nancy Benz: I believe in AMHCA, and I believe in the responsibility to give back to our profession, our students, members, and the public to raise awareness and advance the understanding of mental health issues.
COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S SAY
By Tom Ferro, My term as president of AMHCA is more than half over, and I recently finished my last official AMHCA board meeting at our national office for two intense yet exciting days. I think you’ll be interested in some of the upcoming activities discussed by the board.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: MEDICARE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING BILL IS INTRODUCED IN THE U.S. SENATE
Al Guida, Jr., JD, Legislation introduced March 17 in the U.S. Senate would establish Medicare coverage of licensed professional counselors. The legislation—S.604, the Seniors Mental Health Access Improvement Act—was introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D–Ore.) and Sen. John Barrasso (R–Wyo.)
“In a world gone wild for wikis and interdisciplinary collaboration, those who prefer solitude and private noodling are seen as eccentric at best and defective at worst, and are often presumed to be suffering from social anxiety, boredom, and alienation.
STUDENT CORNER: "DEAR 4,000 HOURS OF CLINICAL SUPERVISION ..."
By Tiffany Roe, ... You are so close, I can almost taste you. You represent everything wonderful and anxiety-provoking about completing a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. You are a reward for finishing the race of school and a final training ground to help us reach our professional goals.
COUNSELING TIPS: WHAT AM I REALLY WORTH?
By Joan Normandy–Dolberg, Every year I go through “The Great Insurance Debate,” trying to decide if I should continue to remain on managed-care panels and accept insurance.
RISK MANAGEMENT: REFERRALS
Written by attorney Richard S. Leslie, JD, who describes himself as working “at the intersection of law and psychotherapy,” Risk Management items address ways that mental health counselors can avoid liability.
REFLECTIONS: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE CAN NO LONGER REMEMBER
By Nancy Heller Moskowitz, Someone told me once that there three sides to any story: each participant’s recall, and the truth. This month, I bring you two examples of the story of Alzheimer’s and how it affects a relationship. The third side of the story, that of the disease itself, you can find on your own.