By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD
AMHCA Executive Director & CEO
AMHCA Reports Strong Membership Growth
After our Annual Conference set new attendance records last July in Orlando, I am pleased to report that our membership is breaking records as well. AMHCA membership has continued to gain this year, increasing 8 percent over the year-to-date, with growth in every membership category. We especially value our student members, since they are the future of the mental health counseling profession.
We are seeing an excellent response to the new Professional Associate category, which provides low-cost student dues rates for two full years following graduation.
AMHCA has several categories of membership. The Professional Associate membership cat-egory applies to both master’s and doctoral degrees. For more information, contact AMHCA’s membership office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 1-800.326.2642, x103.
Please make your colleagues aware of the many AMHCA benefits that are a reward of membership. If you haven’t thought lately about all the ways that you have benefited by being a member of the only national association exclusively focused on clinical mental health counselors, visit amhca.org and surf our site. We are always adding new benefits and working to serve our members and advance the profession of mental health counseling.
New Online Learning Partnership
Starting this month, AMHCA will be offering a new online webcast series in partnership with Psychotherapy Networker magazine. For AMHCA members, this exciting partnership will help support a community of practice in the often isolating profession of clinical mental health counseling. Participation in the new webinars allows AMHCA members to build community from their own locations. Earn 6 CEs for an additional charge.
Two special bonus sessions will be available to AMHCA members who register for the series of six mindfulness sessions that will be available beginning Oct. 31. Look for well-known experts in the field who will be presenting on mindfulness topics, including Jack Kornfield, PhD, Ron Siegel, PsyD, Mark Epstein, MD, and Tara Brach, PhD. See more about the mindfulness webinar series in this issue of The Advocate.
AMHCA to Attend Invitation-Only Carter Center Symposium
Once again, this November AMHCA will be represented at the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. Current President Karen Langer, LMHC, is the invited guest of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and her staff at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
The symposium theme this year is “Beyond Stigma: Advancing the Social Inclusion of People with Mental Illness.” The Symposium will be webcast live during the two-day event, which will include keynote speakers, panels, and dinner speakers.
For more information, see the article in the Noteworthy section, or visit www.cartercenter.org.