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Advocate: October 2011
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ADOLESCENT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: NOT AN OXYMORON

By Mendy Mays,   Ask an adolescent, “Why did you do that?” and you will often get the response, “Because I felt like it.” Ask, “What were you thinking?” and you often get the response, “I wasn’t thinking.” Although these answers are very frustrating, they may be the most honest responses the adolescent can give. 
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NEW DIRECTIONS: TWO MILITARY PROGRAMS OFFER OPPORTUNITIES TO CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS

By Gray Otis, PhD,   Where are you going? We often see clients who are heading in directions that are not beneficial. We rejoice with them when they become self-directed in new ways that are hopeful and more successful. 
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

Autumn leaves may be falling, but not AMHCA membership—we are experiencing a 7 percent year-to-date increase and are now moving beyond the 6,000 level. This is especially rewarding news in such volatile and difficult economic times. 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: AQMHCA'S POLICY AGENDA MOVES FORWARD IN DIFFICULT ENVIRONMENT

By James K. Finley   AMHCA remains engaged on a number of important issues this fall while Congress remains severely divided and often paralyzed by fundamental political and ideological differences. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

People who have a long-term, debilitating physical illness demonstrate mental resilience according to “Understanding Society,” the world’s largest longitudinal household study. The first findings reveal that people diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, respiratory, or cardiovascular disease report similar mental health scores to those without physical illness. 
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NOTEWORTHY

By Sara K. Sims,   If you have been reading my series of Promoting Your Practice articles on online marketing tips*, you have a great basic understanding of search engine optimization by now. Congratulations! 
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STUDENT CORNER

By Golden Fanning,   AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC) represents the student members of AMHCA and works to advance their interests within the association. 
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COUNSELING TIPS

By Joan Normandy–Dolberg,   I consider myself pretty tech-savvy. I owned one of the first Macs (that funny little box with 256 mg of memory), and I have always looked for ways to enhance my life and my practice through the use of technology.
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