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Advocate: April 2012
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AMHCA LAUNCHES DIPLOMATE AND CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST CREDENTIAL

Online applications are now being accepted from counselors who wish to qualify for the AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS). AMHCA is the first association to recognize both advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012: BOOST YOUR CEUS BY STARTING EARLY WITH PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

By Karen Langer,   After a record number of proposals, a thorough review of those proposals, and an increased number of program options, our full conference line-up is set. It offers a solid variety of stellar presentations. 
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012: CALLING ALL STATE CHAPTER LEADERS

By Karen Langer,   Why would a chapter want to send its leaders to AMHCA’s Annual Leadership Training and devote the money for them to make the trip? Because the training is so valuable—to both emerging and established chapter leaders.
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A Q&A WITH AMHCA'S NEW WESTERN REGION DIRECTOR

Steven Tierney: I am a professor and chair of the Community Mental Health Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. This is a new program, which prepares psychotherapists to work in public and publicly funded mental health programs. There is a special focus on severe and persistent mental illness and addiction and co-occurring disorders.
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COLUMN: FROM THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Gray Otis, PhD,   Specialization has become a reality in psychotherapeutic counseling. Yet until now, clinical mental health counselors (CMHCs) have not had a means of earning recognition for their advanced expertise—and conveying it clearly to potential employers and clients.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: THE ROLLOUT CONTINUES ON HEALTH REFORM

By James K. Finley   Congress is expected to spend much of April positioning itself for the upcoming elections with votes on controversial healthcare bills that have no chance at final passage. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS 

Researchers showed in 2009 that acute stress helps sharpen memory,according to 2009 research. Not so with chronic stress. New research shows that chronic stress not only impairs memory, it has a more powerful effect on the brain during adolescence than in adulthood.
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NOTEWORTHY

FREE webinar for AMHCA members: Everyone knows job changes and job searches can be stressful. To better assist your clients in making sound decisions about their careers and future directions, take advantage of a webinar on April 4, 2012, that’s free to AMHCA members.
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RISK MANAGEMENT: DUAL RELATIONSHIPS AND EXPERT TESTIMONY

In a recent disciplinary action brought by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) against a licensed marriage and family therapist, charging the therapist with unprofessional conduct based upon the therapist’s involvement in a dual relationship with a long-term...
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