|Annual Conference 2012|
Top 10 Reasons to Attend
Here is my top 10 list for going to Orlando for AMHCA’s 2012 Annual Conference. What’s yours?
10. Orlando and Florida
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.
We have a record number of exhibitors this year. Please be sure to make some time to talk with them.
The Annual Conference is a great place to expand your connections. You have a built-in resource group onsite, so reunite with old friends and make new ones.
7. Pre-Conference Workshops and Poster Sessions on Thursday
Go in-depth Thursday afternoon by attending one of two Pre-Conference Workshops being offered this year—one on suicide prevention and the other on “reel to real” therapy. Cap off the day by checking out the dozen thought-provoking Poster Sessions from 6–7 p.m. Thursday evening.
6. Opportunity to meet the leaders in your field
Stay current and find out firsthand what is going on in your profession and what is on the horizon by meeting the leaders in your field in sessions, during breaks, or in the Networking Lounge.
5. Professional identity
Affirm your professional identity and have a direct impact on your profession. The conference is a place to engage with other mental health counselors. How satisfying and enriching it is to be among peers, because we understand each other and the meaning of our work.
4. Many choices, one cost-effective fee
Whether you choose a day-long program, a track of related sessions, or a mix and match of topics, you can easily organize your conference schedule to meet your professional development needs all in one place.
3. Hot topics, and outstanding presenters
In addition to our dynamic keynote speaker, Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, and Saturday’s panel of experts, who will address the mental health needs of our veterans and their family members, we have a full array of presenters who will share their expertise on a wide range of topics, all relevant to the practice of mental health counseling.
2. Time for renewal, learning, and energizing
You will be able to take what you learn and immediately apply it to your client work. Attending AMHCA’s Annual Conference gives us all an opportunity to celebrate the work we do. In community with each other we are reminded of the value in our work—and that we are not alone.
Is “networking” a cliché term or a real need? Why do we put so much emphasis on this topic at the AMHCA Annual Conference? Our conference theme—“Counseling in the Modern Era: Challenges & Opportunities in a Changing World,” our keynote address on “The Power of Vulnerability,” our Pre-Conference Workshops, and many of the program presentations remind us of the need to connect to others, and specifically to connect to others in our field.
AMHCA Foundation Reception
One additional opportunity I’d like to highlight is the AMHCA Foundation Reception on Friday evening. Stop by from 5:40–6:40 p.m. to learn more about the Foundation and consider a donation. Intrigued?
Get the Best Rate on the Conference Hotel
Don’t miss your chance to stay just steps from the conference—book your hotel room soon at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa!