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2011 Annual Conference
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Get Ready for the Best Conference Yet, Get Set, and Most Important -- Go!

By Gray Otis, PhD, LPC, CCMHC, Chair,
Conference Planning Committee, and 2010–11
AMHCA President–Elect




  • You know the theme: “The Power of Partnerships: Effective Pathways to Mental Health” 
  • You know the place and dates: San Francisco, July 14–16, 2011
  • You know the keynote speakers: Friday, Scott Miller, PhD (Achieving Clinical Excellence), and Saturday, Rick Hanson, PhD (Self-Directed Neuroplasticity)
  • You know the Thursday pre-conference workshops:  Ethical Issues (Gerald Corey, EdD, ABPP), and Psychiatric Medicines (Linda Lundt, MD)
  • You may even know that Gerald Corey will be speaking on Saturday and that the association will be rolling out the new AMHCA Diplomat Specialist Program at the Annual Conference.
  • Can you imagine a better lineup than this? And to think we’ll get to experience this stimulating program together in such a great city!

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. So, if you can find the way to join us, I promise you will come away inspired to create amazing partnerships and to be unsurpassed at what you do. 

Particularly for those of you who are new chapter leaders, I would like to extend a special invitation to AMHCA’s Annual Leadership Training, July 13–14. AMHCA has great state chapters with volunteers who contribute so much to our profession. AMHCA’s Leadership Training is a jam-packed, one-and-a-half-day workshop that provides insider tips and the know-how to make your state chapter the best it can be. 

Leadership programs will feature seminars on understanding the latest legislative developments, marketing your chapter, using social networking and new media ideas, increasing member benefits, introducing AMHCA’s new Diplomat Specialist Program, helping students in transition, and exploring supervision initiatives. 

Training sessions and activities start Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. In addition, you will be included in the annual association business meeting at Wednesday’s lunch. Wednesday evening we will all hop on cable car trolleys to see the sights of San Francisco and have a dinner down by the Ferry Building. 

Leadership seminars continue Thursday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.

Whether you attend the Leadership Training or not, choose one of the pre-conference workshops on Thursday afternoon from 1:30–5:30 p.m. for an opportunity to get the latest scoop on either psychopharmacology or ethical practices. Dr. Leslie Lundt will show attendees how to “Think like a Psychiatrist” — a fun approach to getting up to date on psychotropic medications. Or, you can join Dr. Gerald Corey’s workshop on “Ethical Issues in Counseling Practice,” a once-in-a-lifetime experience for an intimate time of learning from one of our profession’s leaders. 

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Annual Conference officially launches with “A Celebration of Licensure” reception. Poster sessions will be featured throughout the reception. The conference keynotes will be Friday and Saturday, starting at 8 a.m., with breakout sessions to follow. Be sure to sign up early if you want to attend the half-day workshops that follow both Scott Miller’s keynote on Friday and Rick Hanson’s keynote on Saturday.

I can’t forget to mention the primary reason I always attend our conferences: the opportunity to link up with the most incredible colleagues and students to be found anywhere. I don’t want to let it go without saying that our association is really each of you. 

So register today to get the best rates and also to sign up for the limited-seating workshops that you really want to attend. 

We look forward to being with you in San Francisco in July!