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Advocate: June 2012
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SLEEP IS INTERTWINED WITH PHYSICAL—AND MENTAL—HEALTH

By Lori (Dolores) Puterbaugh, Once you go to bed, if you haven’t fallen asleep within 15 minutes, do you give up on falling asleep and then resort to television or the computer until you get sleepy?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are normal, but that’s not necessarily good in this case. The truth is that Americans are experiencing an epidemic of poor sleep habits, poor sleep, and not enough sleep. The results of all this sleep deprivation may be the reason underlying some of the problems that send people to your practice.
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TEN TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHT'S SLEEP

Counting Sheep is no longer considered the only strategy for falling asleep. The following 10 tips are based on substantial research and the frequency of insomnia as a presenting or corollary problem for mental health counseling.
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2012 ELECTION RESULTS

Judith Bertenthal–Smith, was voted AMHCA president for 2013–2014 in AMHCA’s spring elections. She has served as director-at-large on AMHCA’s board since 2007 and has twice chaired the Strategic Planning Committee. 
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012: TOP 10 REASONS TO ATTEND

By Karen Langer,  They are beautiful! And they both offer so much to see and to explore. Take a few extra days to explore Florida—take in a sporting event, embrace your inner child at the theme parks, visit Cape Canaveral, the Everglades, or the Florida Keys.
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By W. Mark Hamilton,  The AMHCA board of directors has voted to extend the student membership dues rates to practicing clinical mental health counselors for two years post-graduation.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: AMHCA SEEKS ADVANCEMENT FOR THE PROFESSION ON SEVERAL FRONTS

By James K. Finley,   AHMCA this month is pressing Congress on a host of issues on behalf of the profession. Along with our coalition partners, we recently sat down with several friendly congressional offices to seek stepped-up pressure on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire more mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

“Emotional competence” is the ability to comprehend, manage, and express one’s feelings and the feelings of others. It’s an important skill because emotional competency is linked to better health and more satisfying relationships.
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NOTEWORTHY

Effective July 1, AMHCA will extend student membership dues for two years post-graduation, creating the new category “professional associate.” The professional associate category will give new graduates access to low AMHCA student dues rates for two additional full years, with all the AMHCA benefits. 
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THE LAST WORD

By Gray Otis,  As she sat across from me, “Lucy” expressed her discomfort with how I was proceeding with her counseling. She told me frankly that my approach was not working for her. During this second session, it was clear that the therapeutic alliance was toast (not working).
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