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By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD
AMHCA Executive Director and CEO

Record Attendance at AMHCA Conference in Orlando

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.

There were two other notable “firsts” at the conference. Every workshop was introduced for the first time. Another inaugural event was the Foundation (AMHCF) reception, during which the first scholarship was awarded. The $1,000 scholarship was bestowed on Douglas R. Kabell, a PhD student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Texas Tech. Read more about Kabell.

For more information about the conference, see the article by Stephen A. Giunta, PhD, LMHC, NCC, a past president of AMHCA’s Florida chapter. Check out the collage of Annual Conference photos, and see AMHCA President Karen Langer’s reflections on how the conference energized her. 

Start making plans now to attend next year's conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2013!

New Online CE Opportunities

AMHCA’s recent partnership with Psychotherapy Networker magazine will provide indepth, online webinars to AMHCA members starting this fall. These specially designed programs will feature some of most prominent instructors in behavioral health, and they will provide CE and premium benefits to AMHCA members.

Regions and Chapter Participation

I encourage all national AMHCA members to become connected with their AMHCA state chapter. AMHCA is divided into four geographic regions—Midwest, North Atlantic, Southern, and Western—each region containing several state chapters.

Your participation in your state chapter benefits your profession, the chapter, our national organization, and you! See the article on page 20 on the threat to clinical mental health counselor practice and the importance of participating in the upcoming push for Medicare coverage, which includes mobilizing even greater action at the state chapter level.  

The national and state organizations have separate responsibilities for activities in their state, especially public policy debates and issues. AMHCA’s national office has a strong focus on “Capitol Hill” and federal legislative issues both in Congress and in a variety of government agencies. 

Application Deadline for Diplomate Credential

AMHCA recognizes members who have achieved substantial professional accomplishments as “AMHCA Diplomates in Clinical Mental Health.” Find out if you are eligible for the credential, and apply for it! 

Applications are reviewed quarterly. The deadline for fall applications is Oct. 15.