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Advocate: February 2012
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DSM-5 IS PROGRESSING TO THE FINISH LINE

By Gary Gintner, PhD,  The past year has been marked by a number of significant developments in the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) DSM-5, including significant organizational changes and field trial testing of the criteria. 
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012: AN EXCITING LINE-UP OF KEY PRESENTERS

By Karen Langer,   Join your colleagues in Orlando this July as we earn CEUs, hone our counseling skills, and refresh our spirits at AMHCA’s Annual Conference, July 19–21. We are planning a stimulating keynote address as well as two pre-conference workshops and a special panel discussion on working with members of the military and their families. 
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AMHCA ELECTION: VOTERS WILL USE ELECTRONIC BALLOTS FOR THE FIRST TIME

Voting in the annual AMHCA election this spring will be by electronic ballots rather than paper ballots for the first time. 
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AMHCA ELECTION: CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

JUDITH BERTENTHAL–SMITH, LPC, ALPS
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AMHCA ELECTION: CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

STEPHEN BRADY, PHD
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AMHCA ELECTON: CANDIDATE FOR NORTH ATLANTIC REGION DIRECTOR

CAMILLE A. CLAY, EDD, LPC
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AMHCA ELECTOIN: CANDIDATE FOR SOUTHERN REGION DIRECTOR

KEITH MOBLEY, PHD, LPC, NCC, ACS
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AMHCA ELECTION: CANDIDATE FOR SOUTHERN REGION DIRECTOR

JOAN NORMANDY–DOLBERG, LPC, NCC
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COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Gray Otis, PhD,   Are you a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS)? Since AMHCA just announced that clinical mental health counselors can now apply, the answer is “no.”
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: CONGRESS SETS LOW BAR FOR THE NEW YEAR

By James K. Finley   Congress returned to Washington in January following a long holiday recess during which many members were chastened by constituents’ criticism of their performance. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

New research confirms that money can’t buy love—and specifically, that it can’t buy a happy and stable marriage.
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NOTEWORTHY

SAMHSA’s new working definition of recovery from mental disorders and substance use disorders, released in late December, is the product of a year-long effort to capture the essential, common experiences of those recovering from mental disorders and substance-use disorders, along with major guiding principles that support the recovery definition. The new working definition is:
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STUDENT CORNER: LET'S PROMOTE OUR FUTURE BY ADVANCING STANDARDS, LICENSURE PORTABILITY, AND IDENTITY

By Jay Tift,   Around the country, clinical mental health counselors are struggling to find parity with other mental health professionals in achieving jobs, adequate compensation, and recognition as trained clinicians. In part, this disparity reflects the need to establish a unified professional identity. 
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CHAPTER NEWS

The Annual Conference of FMHCA, AMHCA’s Florida chapter, takes place this month, Feb. 10–11, in Orlando. The conference theme is, “Innovative Approaches: Effective Mental Health Counseling.” Click here for more information on the Florida chapter’s conference.
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