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Advocate: September 2012
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NEUROFEEDBACK: UNDERSTANDING THE BRAIN IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF HEALING THE MIND

By Penijean Rutter-Gracefire,  The incredible journey of psychotherapy over the last hundred years—built on inquiry, fueled by concern for quality of client care, and shaped by the authenticity and vulnerability of brilliant clinicians—has brought us to possibly the most exciting point in the history of mental health: true reintegration of the qualitative study of the mind with the quantitative study of the brain.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012: 'HOOAH' SAYS IT ALL

Stephen A. Giunta,   I jumped at the chance to write this year’s first-person account of experiencing AMHCA’s Annual Conference, but find myself now facing the daunting task of explaining how completely enjoyable and rewarding the experience was without sounding saccharin. 
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REFLECTIONS OF A FIRST-TIME AMHCA CONFERENCE ATTENDEE

By R. Brahm Fay  What an opportunity to learn, share, network, and gather resources! This year’s AMHCA Annual Conference was held in my hometown of Orlando. 
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A COLLAGE OF CONFERENCE MOMENTS

Registration was hopping! The conference drew more than 550 attendees; many also attended one of two pre-conference workshops as well as Leadership Training.
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AMHCA HONORS 2012 AWARD WINNERS IN ORLANDO

The 2012 winners of AMHCA’s individual and state chapter awards were honored at a luncheon at the association’s Annual Conference in Orlando in July. The awards ceremony took place on July 20, with Carol Staben–Burroughs, LCPC, right, bestowing the awards as chair of AMHCA’s Member Services Committee.
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COLUMN: FROM THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Karen Langer, The AMHCA Annual Conference is always a great energizer for me, even with the exhausting schedule leading up to the conference. Networking at the conference not only provides a web of resources and the support that networking provides, it also reminds us why we are in this profession. 
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By W. Mark Hamilton,  AMHCA’s Annual Conference in Orlando was the best attended Annual Conference in AMHCA’s history—with more than 550 attendees. Records were also broken for number of exhibits, sponsorships, and attendees at the annual awards luncheon. The two pre-conference workshops were both well-attended, too.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY: LOOKING AHEAD AT THE IMPACT OF HEALTHCARE REFORM ON YOUR PROFESSION

By James K. Finley   Clinical mental health counselor (CMHC) practice is changing soon, in ways that will alter the business approach of many professionals now in private practice. Driving the changes are healthcare reform, unsustainable growth in national health spending, and a fragmented and inefficient care system that has relatively poor outcomes by international standards.
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NOTEWORTHY

Held annually during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October, National Depression Screening Day raises awareness and screens people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. Screening for Mental Health offers NDSD programs for the military, colleges and universities, community-based organizations, and businesses. 
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STUDENT CORNER

By Jason Sadora,  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which President Barack Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010, affects the mental health profession in several ways. 
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THE LAST WORD: YOU'RE AT THE FRONTLINES OF THE BATTLE TO RETRIEVE AN OVERMEDICATED AMERICA

By F. A. Ernst, PhD, The idea that biochemical imbalances are at the root of mental illnesses is now very popular, perceived as objective fact by many in the mental health profession, and many in the public as well. Yet, amazingly, there is no scientific support for this notion! 
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