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Advocate: November 2011
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BOOST YOUR NCMHCE TEST-TAKING SUCCESS WITH THESE STRATEGIES

By Bonnie Bullard, PhD,   So you have to take the NCMHCE (National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam). We say “have to” because no one we know has taken it for fun. 
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AMHCA RELEASES UPDATED VERSION OF ITS PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS

Since 1976, AMHCA has been committed to establishing and promoting vigorous standards for education and training, professional practice, and professional ethics for clinical mental health counselors. 
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'TIS THE SEASON TO MAKE A CHARITABLE DONATION TO AMHCA'S FOUNDATION -- AMHCF

As the weather takes on the chill of late autumn and the calendar year winds down, many of us are in the habit of making end-of-the-year donations to worthy charities and organizations.
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COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Gray Otis, PhD,   Is there any situation more promising than welcoming a newborn child into the world? We all marvel at the amazing creation of another human being and we wonder what they will see, how they will grow, what they will accomplish, and who they will become. Nobody asks, “Does this child have any potential?”
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: AMHCA AGENDA AWAITS BUDGET SUPER COMMITTEE’S REPORT

By James K. Finley  Congress remains at political and ideological loggerheads, so movement on most legislation has slowed to a crawl while nearly everyone on Capitol Hill awaits the report of bipartisan deficit reduction “super committee” later this month. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

Individuals who have suffered from long-term unemployment in the past year—those unemployed for longer than 25 weeks—are three times more likely than people employed throughout the past year to experience mental-health issues for the first time, according to new research.
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NOTEWORTHY

By Sara K. Sims,   This seventh in the series* of Promoting Your Practice Online articles addresses a simple yet important website tip that many people overlook: your sidebar content. Don’t let your website fail to make the best use of the sidebar on the front page of your website. 
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STUDENT CORNER: NEVER GIVING UP: USING A REALITY THERAPY APPROACH TO CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

By Chantrelle Varnado–Johnson,  As a licensed professional counselor, I find that reality therapy appeals to me because it emphasizes choice—clients choose what they do. I embrace reality therapy because of the idea that counseling promotes an opportunity for the client to focus on improving relationships and sense of control. 
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COUNSELING TIPS: HOW CAN WE 'TEND AND BEFRIEND' EACH OTHER?

I recently attended a five-day workshop on Mind–Body Medicine that emphasized the importance and methods of counselor self-care. As you well know, we spend our days listening to and caring for others, but do we have a system in place that nurtures and takes care of us? 
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CHAPTER NEWS

Held Sept. 22–24 in the resort area of Lake of the Ozarks, MMHCA’s Fifth Annual Conference featured a number of excellent programs on the theme, “Collaboration: Working Together and Learning from Each Other.”
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