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Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA)

AMHCA’s Conference Host to Hold Its Annual Meeting in February

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.

Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA)

Call for Programs Issued for 2012 Conference

By San Mueller, LPC, NCC, CCDP-D
MMHCA President-Elect

We are very excited about the 2012 Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference and have been busy making plans. The focus and theme for this year’s conference is “Journeying Together Into the Future.” 

The conference will be held September 27–29, 2012, and it will once again be held at Inn at Grand Glaize at Lake of the Ozarks. 

We invite you to consider submitting a proposal for a presentation or poster session. Presentations may be an hour and a half long, half-day (three-hour), or full-day 
(six-hour). Presenters may attend the conference at a discounted rate.
We are seeking programs in a variety of areas, including but not limited to: 

  • abuse and trauma treatment,

  • assessment and diagnosis of disorders, 

  • specific treatment models, 

  • technology and cybercounseling, 

  • brain function and behavior, 

  • psychopharmacology

  • management of a private practice, 

  • ethics and legal issues, and 

  • research on counseling outcomes.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, and acceptance notices will be sent out by April 15.

For more information about submitting a conference program proposal, visit our MMHCA Annual Conference page. You may also download the program proposal form there as well as the exhibitor registration form.

We hope you will consider being a part of this exciting program.

Tennessee Mental Health Counselors Association (TMHCA)

AMHCA President Spoke on Transformational Belief at TMHCA 
Annual Conference

By Francis Martin, PhD
President of TMHCA

AMHCA President H. Gray Otis, PhD, LPC, CCMHC, spoke at the Tennessee Mental Health Counselors Association annual conference in November as a demonstration of support of TMHCA.

Dr. Otis’s three-hour session for TMHCA was extremely well-delivered, on “Transformational Belief: A Fundamental Paradigm for Counselors.” Likewise, on behalf of AMHCA and as a strong show of support, Dr. Otis spoke at TMHCA’s luncheon, which included almost exclusively members of TMHCA/AMHCA. The luncheon session served to enhance a spirit of cohesion among those who attended, as Dr. Otis spoke enthusiastically, straightforwardly, knowledgeably, and inspirationally.

“TMHCA has wonderfully enthusiastic members, and it was terrific to share with them the advancements that are taking place in our profession of clinical mental health counseling, both nationally and in Tennessee,” said Dr. Otis. 

In addition to Dr. Otis’ presentations, some of the themes to which TMHCA gave attention during the annual conference included: 

  • Issues around counselor identity among mental health counselors;

  • Revisiting mental health counselors’ heritage, through new interpretations of humanistic therapies, with, for example, an emphasis on the contributions of Carl R. Rogers, PhD; and

  • Professional ethics among mental health counselors.