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Annual Conference 2012
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An Exciting Line-Up of Key Presenters

By Karen Langer, LMHC, Chair
Conference Planning Committee, and 
AMHCA President–Elect, 2011–2012

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. 

All of our main conference sessions are related to our broad conference theme: “Counseling in the Modern Era: Challenges & Opportunities in a Changing World.” 

Keynote Address on “The Power of Vulnerability”

We are excited to welcome Brené Brown PhD, LMSW, as our conference keynote speaker at our 2012 Annual Conference in Orlando. Dr. Brown’s Friday morning address will explore “The Power of Vulnerability.” 

In addition, Dr. Brown will present a half-day workshop on “The Hustle for Worthiness: Exploring the Power of Love, Belonging, and Being Enough.” A research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Dr. Brown has spent the past 10 years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls “wholeheartedness.” 

A nationally renowned speaker, Dr. Brown has won numerous teaching awards, including the Graduate College of Social Work’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Her groundbreaking work has been featured on PBS, NPR, and CNN, and it was the topic of two 2010 TEDx talks (Houston and Kansas City).

Panel Discussion on “Warriors and Their Families”

Our conference plans call for Saturday to start with another riveting session. Come hear a panel discussion on “Warriors and Their Families: Adjusting to Pressures &Transitions.” 

The panel will welcome questions from the audience. The topics covered by the panel will include key issues faced by veterans and their families in the aftermath of combat, such as loyalty, financial stress, values, stigmas, social support, self-care, and sexual assault. 

Our panelists include: 

  • Major Ammon Campbell: Campbell is a mental health counselor and active military.
  • Nate Crawford, PhD: A recently retired colonel, Crawford served in the Air Force as a chaplain and is highly regarded as a public speaker. His PhD is in Human Services and he holds master’s degrees in both Social Work and Divinity
  • Judith Harrington, PhD, LPC, LMFT: Harrington is an approved trainer for the Assessing and Managing Suicidal Risk curriculum for mental health professionals on behalf of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SAMHSA) and the American Association of Suicidology.
  • Adrian Magnuson–Whyte, LMHC: Magnuson–Whyte is an AMHCA member and a counselor who works with disenfranchised military veterans who will not seek treatment.
  • Susanne Walker: Walker is an AMHCA member and a military spouse who counsels military families.
Two Pre-Conference Workshops

Our pre-conference offerings include two in-depth workshops on Thursday, July 19, 2012:

  • “Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention”

Judith Harrington, PhD, LPC, LMFT
Dr. Harrington is an approved trainer for the Assessing and Managing Suicidal Risk curriculum for mental health professionals on behalf of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SAMHSA) and the American Association of Suicidology. Since 2008, she has developed and taught the curriculum for the Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention courses for the UAB and the University of Montevallo. Additionally, she currently serves on the Standards, Training and Practices Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (SAMHSA).
As a result of serving the suicidally bereaved community by facilitating the SOS Bereavement Group for the last 12 years, she increased her prevention advocacy. Since 2004 she has been very active with the formerly named Alabama Suicide Prevention Task Force, now acting as its first president. The organization is now a nonprofit organization known as the Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resources Coalition (ASPARC).  

Dr. Harrington is the guest editor of the Alabama Counseling Association’s first-ever Special Edition peer-reviewed journal devoted to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. The issue is slated to be published this fall. She has also had a role at the Crisis Center of Central Alabama as volunteer, clinical director, training director, and bereavement coordinator since 1983.

  • Reel Therapy: Ethical and Professional Issues for Therapists

Michael Kahn, LPC, JD

Kahn is presenting an Ethics workshop with a twist. His use of film in group therapy and workshops has earned him a spot at the forefront of his field.

An LPC and a nationally certified counselor, Kahn’s areas of interest include grief and men’s issues. He lectures and facilitates workshops in the United States and internationally on grief, diversity, self-care, and ethics, including work with the U.S. military here and in Germany. He also presents ethics workshops to attorneys. 

Kahn has a BA in Psychology from Emory University (1982), a law degree from the Dickinson School of Law (1985), and a master’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1994). In his free time, he makes documentary films.

A Record Number of Program Submissions

Stay tuned for more information on the additional one-, two-, or three-hour workshops. We had a record number of submissions and the presenters are top-notch. Don’t forget to register early for the best rates. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!