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Advocate: December 2011/January 2012
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TRICARE RELEASES RULES AUTHORIZING INDEPENDENT PRACTICE FOR CMHCS

By James K. Finley   Just before the end of the year, TRICARE released long-awaited rules authorizing independent practice for Certified Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs).
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012: A TIME TO GET AWAY FROM DAILY PRESSURES—AND TO LEARN, REFLECT, AND SHARE

By Karen Langer,   When was the last time you were able to get away and just relax without feeling that you had to stay connected by phone or email to whatever—or whomever—you left behind? 
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PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY: LET’S DEFINE IT, SHARE IT—AND ADVANCE IT

By Gray Otis, PhD,   You may already know that Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, will be our keynote speaker on July 20, 2012 at AMHCA’s Annual  Conference. Karen Langer, LMHC, AMHCA’s president-elect and chair of the Conference Planning Committee, and her committee have done a great job putting together a terrific plan for us in Orlando with the theme, “Counseling in the Modern Era, Challenges & Opportunities in a Changing World.”
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AMHCA’S JAMES FINLEY TAKES THE LONG VIEW ON MAKING PROGRESS WITH CONGRESS

By Kathleen McCarthy   “The political environment I work in now is the most difficult I’ve ever been in,” says James K. Finley, who since May has been AMHCA’s director of public policy. “It’s a frustrating environment for everyone—I don’t care if you’re on the left or the right. Everyone on the Hill is frustrated by the inability to get much done.”
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CALL FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS: NOMINATE A PEER, STATE CHAPTER, OR YOURSELF FOR A 2012 AMHCA AWARD

By Carol Staben–Burroughs,   “Counseling in the Modern Era: Challenges & Opportunities in a Changing World” is the theme of AMHCA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Orlando. This is an important time to recognize and join with others to strengthen our personal and professional paths to greater mental health. 
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD   Beginning with the January 2012 issue, AMHCA’s Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) will have a new, updated cover design, after many years with the same deep-blue colored cover.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: CONGRESS CONFRONTED HARD CHOICES AT YEAR'S END

By James K. Finley   Divided all year on issues both large and small, legislators scurried in December to make many critical decisions to meet year-end deadlines set in law, on topics such as Medicare physician payments, expiring tax breaks, agency funding bills, and termination of unemployment insurance benefits. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

By Molly McElroy,   Having suicidal thoughts and engaging in suicidal behavior may begin at much younger ages than previously thought. While about one of nine youths attempt suicide by the time they graduate from high school, new findings reveal that a significant proportion makes their first suicide attempt in elementary or middle school.
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NOTEWORTHY

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 16 rejected the claim of Jennifer Keeton, a former Augusta State University (ASU) student, that the program violated her First Amendment rights. Keeton had been seeking a master’s degree in school counseling from ASU.
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PROMOTING YOUR PRACTICE ONLINE

By Sara K. Sims,  This eighth in the series* of “Promoting Your Practice Online” articles focuses on some of the finer points to good website marketing. Specifically, just how valuable it is to have a photo of yourself on your website. 
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CHAPTER NEWS

Virginia is a geographically, politically, educationally, and economically diverse state, with 95 counties and 39 independent cities. Although most members of NVLPC live in the two northernmost counties, which have the highest per-capita income in the United States, the other 93 counties bring very different issues and agendas to our state government in Richmond. 
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STUDENT CORNER

By Golden Fanning  If you’re a graduate student, chances are you’re pretty good at multitasking. Many of us balance attending classes and completing assignments with our jobs, families, and personal lives, and it can be hard to see how we could fit anything else on our plates. 
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