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Advocate: June 2011
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2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: ARE YOU COMING? -- ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FIRST-TIME ATTENDEES MIGHT HAVE ...

By Gray Otis,  Have you decided to attend our AMHCA Annual Conference July 14–16? Maybe you are like Jamison, not quite sure yet. He has never been to an AMHCA conference before, so here are questions that he and other first-time attendees might have, along with the answers, which should help them get excited about coming to San Francisco.
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YOUR PRACTICE: 8 TIPS FOR ESTABLISHING AND GROWING A SUCCESSFUL PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deborah Legge  The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts “faster than average” growth for counselors between 2008 and 2018. As our field grows, more and more counselors break away from the pack to pursue private practice.
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CALIFORNIA’S GRANDPARENTING PHASE FOR LICENSURE IS EXTENDED FOR SIX MONTHS

By Linda Lawless,  In an encouraging move, California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) has extended the grandparenting phase of the new LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) license for six more months, giving us a December deadline. 
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AMHCA ELECTION RESULTS

President-Elect

AMHCA members elected Karen Langer, LMHC, of Washington State, the association’s next president-elect. Director of the Counseling Center at the City University of Seattle, where she is also an adjunct faculty member, Langer’s passion has always been clinical work, specifically with underserved populations.
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COLUMN: REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO

As AMHCA concludes its current “association year”—the fiscal year that runs from July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011—I would like to provide our loyal members and supporters with a status report of our advancements in several key areas. 
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NOTEWORTHY

By Gary Gintner, PhD  The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has posted new revisions to DSM-5 on its website at <dsm5.org>. The most significant change is a reconfiguration of the manual’s 16 chapters. The manual’s new organization incorporates recent scientific findings about the relationship between disorders and the role of developmental factors. 
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COUNSELING TIPS: IN OUR QUEST FOR THE RIGHT DIAGNOSIS, WHAT ARE WE MISSING?

By Joan Normandy–Dolberg,   I recently saw a funny cartoon entitled “Brain Doctor.” The cartoon shows a doctor, having flipped open the top of his patient’s head, using a flashlight to peer at the patient’s brain. The doctor is wearing a big smile while the patient looks very worried. 
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THE LAST WORD

By Tom J. Ferro,   As I get ready to lead a delegation of counselors on a trip to Cuba for AMHCA at the end of May, I am reflecting on my term as president with much pride and amazement. 
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