By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD
AMHCA Executive Director & CEO
Orlando Online Registration Is Open!
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.
We’re pleased that so many of you have submitted conference proposals—a record number in fact. Heading the program line-up is Dr. Brené Brown, who will provide the keynote address Friday morning on “The Power of Vulnerability.” A widely respected presenter, Dr. Brown will explore the critical role vulnerability plays in our lives, common strategies we use to avoid and minimize vulnerability, and actionable strategies for using vulnerability to help us both personally and professionally.
A professor and vulnerability researcher at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Dr. Brown will also present an invited track, “The Hustle for Worthiness: Exploring the Power of Love, Belonging, and Being Enough.”
If you want to dive deep into a topic without missing the myriad shorter conference programs on Friday and Saturday, consider one of the two preconference workshops: Judith Harrington, PhD, LPC, LMFT, will offer “Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention,” and Michael Kahn, LPC, JD, will offer “Reel to Real: Ethical and Professional Issues for Therapists.”
We know you will enjoy the conference hotel, the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa. Not only is the hotel attractive and conveniently located; it includes bus transportation to Disney’s four theme parks—Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studio—as well as to Disney’s two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Hotel buses also go nightly to Downtown Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island beginning at 6 p.m.
Take advantage of the early discounts and book your room online. Orlando offers so much to see and do, from Disney-related attractions to natural beauty. For some suggestions and links to activities in and around the Orlando area, see the article in this issue.
I look forward to seeing you in Orlando in July!
AMHCA Forges Partnership With John Wiley
Last month AMHCA announced a new publishing partnership with the Wiley Online Library. AMHCA members can save 50 percent on personal print or online subscriptions to five newsletters, including the widely read and professionally respected Mental Health Weekly. The other participating newsletters are:
- Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly,
- The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter,
- The Brown University Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology Update, and
- The Brown University Psychopharmacology Update.
The Wiley Online Library hosts the world’s broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering the health sciences. AMHCA is currently in discussions with John Wiley Publishers regarding additional AMHCA–Wiley member benefits that will enhance your professional work.
AMHCA Elections Will Use Online Voting for the First Time
When the annual AMHCA election opens later this month, eligible voters will vote online for three leadership positions on AMHCA’s board of directors (president-elect, North Atlantic Region director, and Southern Region director). Each eligible voter will receive an email with a link to a personalized ballot and simple instructions for voting. There will also be a provision to request a paper ballot.
Online voting is another AMHCA effort to save money, offer members a new convenience, and advance the association’s mission to “go green.” We also expect that electronic voting will result in greater participation in our election process. The digital approach is not only faster; it will save you the cost of the postage stamp!