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Column: Report of the Executive Director & CEO
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COLUMN: Report of the Executive Director & CEO
By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD
AMHCA Executive Director & CEO

There’s Gold in Those Hills!

No, I am not telling you about the California Gold Rush (1848), but rather, we’re getting ready for the rush to San Francisco this summer for AMHCA’s Annual Conference, July 14–16!

Our “Golden State” conference promises dynamic keynote speakers (two this year!), cutting-edge workshops, a larger-than-usual exhibitor section, and a variety of networking opportunities. Each year we have increased the quality of our conference while expanding the activities offered to attendees.

This year AMHCA will be meeting in one of our grandest U.S. cities. Enjoy firsthand San Francisco’s beautiful scenery, mild weather, and outstanding restaurants—all in a setting that is a cultural Mecca.

Our decision to meet in California celebrates the successful passage of licensure there, the last state in the nation to win licensure, as well as the enhancement and forward expansion of AMHCA’s California chapter (CAMHCA).

New Director for Public Policy Joins AMHCA’s Staff

I know you will join me in welcoming AMHCA’s new director for public policy, James K. Finley. From his first day as part of the staff in mid-May, he will put to use on AMHCA’s behalf his wealth of knowledge about the pressing issues in the mental health field, having most recently been the senior lobbyist on behavioral health issues at the National Association of Social Workers. Prior to that he worked as a senior policy analyst to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and as vice-president for government relations at Value Behavioral Health (VBH).

As director of public policy, Finley will be heading AMHCA’s legislative advocacy program, which provides grassroots support for the association’s lobbying efforts in Washington and is necessary for the success of AMHCA’s legislative agenda. At the federal level, we work with Congress and the Executive Branch, and at the state level, we work with AMHCA state chapters to help enact legislation to ensure that members maintain their right to practice. 

“Jim Finley brings to our organization extensive experience and a long list of professional accomplishments,” said W. Mark Hamilton, PhD, AMHCA’s executive director and CEO.

Finley holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

Continuing Education Opportunities at AMHCA

AMHCA offers a variety of CE opportunities at a competitive cost. The Annual Conference this year offers programs with up to 19 credit hours. Those attending the AMHCA Leadership Training, which runs immediately prior to the Annual Conference, also receive CE credits. 

Attending AMHCA’s Annual Conference is a great way to earn your CEs since your registration fee goes to right back to work for you, advancing the profession of mental health counseling.

Of course, AMHCA offers online CE opportunities as well. I am pleased to announce that we have added another online CE opportunity to our list of offerings. ALLCEUs Counseling CEUs offers unlimited courses for $99 and live support seven days a week.

In addition, some of our publications offer CE credits after completion of an exam.

You might also check your state chapter website for continuing education opportunities.  Many chapters offer state meetings and workshops in addition to other CE choices. Click here for quick access to your chapter’s website.