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Advocate: March 2012
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012: IN ORLANDO, OUR HOST CITY, YOU CAN COUNT ON SUN AND FUN

By Karen Langer,   By now you have started to receive information about the exciting group of speakers lined up for AMHCA’s 2012 Annual Conference and preconference sessions, July 19–21, in Orlando. 
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A Q&A WITH ERIK OOSTENINK, LMHC, AMHCA'S NEW MIDWEST REGION DIRECTOR

Erik Oostenink: Growing up in Michigan, my primary exposure to the counseling and psychology field was through a youth group leader. The time I spent in his counseling office completing a high school paper on stress management and biofeedback furthered my interest in the field.
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD  It’s not too early to make plans to attend AMHCA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Orlando. Mark your calendars now for July 19–21, and count down with us for the only national conference devoted exclusively to the needs of clinical mental health counselors. You won’t find the high level of relevant, targeted program content anywhere else.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: CONGRESS APPROVES MINIMAL MEDICARE EXTENDERS BILL

By James K. Finley   Congress recently completed action on one of the few must-pass bills of the year, legislation extending Medicare physician-payment rates, unemployment insurance, and a temporary cut in the payroll-tax deduction. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

New research counters old findings that people with mental illness have the highest return rates to prison. The new study demonstrates that inmates with severe mental illnesses alone actually have lower rates of recidivism than those with substance-abuse issues or no mental or substance-abuse issues.
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NOTEWORTHY

Laurance Baschkin knows that mental health counselors have some clients who have a problem with holding on to too much “stuff.” And he has a win–win way to take some of that stuff—DVDs in particular—off their hands. 
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CHAPTER NEWS

By Stephen A. Giunta, PhD,   This year’s FMHCA Conference, with more than 330 in attendance, broke past attendance records. Held Feb. 10 and 11 at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, the conference was a wonderful success in other important ways, too. Attendees found the full-day training by Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, on treating 
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STUDENT CORNER: TWO STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE; SILENT AUCTION PLANS ARE UNDER WAY

AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC) is seeking items for a silent auction a the conference to benefit the Don Mattson scholarship, a $500 award to AMHCA’s Outstanding Graduate Student. The GSC will auction donated goods and services, including but not limited to: laptop or notebook computers, trips, regional or national spa and salon services, regional or national restaurant gift cards, and gift cards to regional or national bookstores.
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THE LAST WORD: WORKING WITH A FIXED STANDARD TO IMPROVE CLIENT MENTAL HEALTH

By Frank Hannah,  Here’s what bothered me during my years in clinical practice: I was seeing clients with diagnosable “mental and nervous disorders,” but I sensed that those were not the real issues. 
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