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Advocate: July/August 2012
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AMHCA CONTRIBUTES COMMENTS TO APA'S DSM-5 DRAFT

AMHCA’s DSM-5 Task Force has submitted comments to the AmericanPsychiatric Association during its third period of public comment on the fifth edition of theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), which is expected to be published in May 2013.
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COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Karen Langer, I am honored and humbled to take on the role of AMHCA president. The role comes not only with the tasks of the position, but also with the responsibility of representing mental health counselors.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: AMHCA STAYS ON AGENDA WHILE CONGRESS SHIFTS TO POLITICS

By James K. Finley  Congress scheduled just 16 legislative days in July before recessing for the entire month of August, but the month won’t be all free time—political conventions and campaigning will consume most members’ break time. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

“The early detection of children who are showing psychiatric symptoms or are at the risk of a mental disorder is crucial, but introducing ‘mental health checkups’ as part of healthcare in schools is not altogether simple,” says David Gyllenberg, MD.
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NOTEWORTHY

The group of psychiatrists who joined forces with technology experts to develop the WhatsMyM3 says it will enable general practitioners to quickly and accurately identify patients most in need of referral to a mental health specialist.
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STUDENT CORNER: COUNSELING IS NOBLE AND SELFLESS ... BUT I DON'T WANT TO SAVE THE WORLD

By Erika S. Wheelhouse  Sometimes people express a mild admiration when I tell them that I am studying to become a mental health counselor. They may even be slightly impressed when I explain that I want to work with at-risk adolescents and juvenile offenders. 
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CHAPTER NEWS

Greg Kirk, LPC, reported that the service board is a new agency that was established by HB 1146, which just took effect, July 1. “Now that the Board has been constituted, our first task will be to make it operational. Here’s to a bright future for Georgians with disabilities,” he said.
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