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Advocate: September 2011
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REMEMBERING 9/11—A DECADE LATER

To mark the approach of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., The Advocate compiled a round-up of events, observations, and articles that reflect on the long-term impact on the nation’s mental health from the attacks that took place on that long-ago, sunny Tuesday morning. 
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FRESH BREEZES AND FRESH IDEAS FLOW AT AMHCA'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO

By Linda L. Lawless,   Frugality was my mantra when I registered for the recent AMHCA Annual Conference in San Francisco. My financially cautious inner voice said, “Only register for the conference, not the pre-workshops and extra events.” Boy, did I end up paying a stiff price when I discovered what I had missed. 
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A COLLAGE OF MOMENTS AND MEMORIES FROM AMHCA'S 13TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Leadership Training attendees who took the tour of San Francisco by cable car got to see some beautiful architecture along with some of the City by the Bay’s important historical sites. Left, chocolate anyone?
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AMHCA 2010-2011 AWARDS HONOR EXCELLENCE AND COMMITMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

The 2011 winners of AMHCA’s individual and state chapter awards were honored at a  luncheon at the association’s 

 
COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Gray Otis, PhD,   As you are aware, the DSM is being revised, and the new version is currently scheduled for release in 2013. There has been quite a lot of press concerning the diagnostic criteria in the new DSM, and some controversy, too.
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD   Thanks to our many members who attended AMHCA’s well-received Leadership Training and Annual Conference in San Francisco, the meetings were a great success. In addition to the stellar sessions and speakers, we had a record-breaking number of exhibits and sponsorships. 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: AMHCA SPEAKS OUT FOR CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS

By James K. Finley   Congress returns to the Capitol in September, when renewed negotiations on deficit reduction are expected to become an all-consuming task. Congressional deadlines for funding bills appear destined to produce a series of political clashes over spending and revenue that will last through the fall 2012 general election. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

A new study finds that access to outpatient psychiatric care in the greater Boston area is severely limited, even for people with reputedly excellent private health insurance. Given that the federal health law is modeled after the Massachusetts health reform, the findings have national implications, the researchers say.
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NOTEWORTHY

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is seeking two counselor educators and one practitioner for board positions beginning July 1, 2012. Although AMHCA members who teach are certainly invited to apply for the counselor education positions, CACREP is particularly interested in getting the word to AMHCA’s clinical mental health counselors about the Practitioner position.
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CHAPTER NEWS

On Aug. 1, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation to extend the “grandparenting” period for licensed professional clinical counselors until Dec. 31. Grandparenting applications from licensed professional clinical counselors must be postmarked by Dec. 31. 
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