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FAQs on AMHCA’s Program Submission System for the 2013 Annual Conference

Use AMHCA’s Online Program Submission Management System to submit your presentation proposal for AMHCA’s 2013 Annual Conference. The conference will be held July 18–20, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. 

Following are answers to frequently asked questions on submitting proposals for the 2013 Annual Conference:

  • Where should the program be submitted?
  • First, the program chair, and all co-presenters, have to create a profile.
  • Can the program be emailed or faxed?
  • No
  • Will deadline extensions be allowed?
  • No. The system will quit accepting programs at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.
  • Must all presenters be AMHCA members?
  • No, but the program chair must be an AMHCA member. For information regarding membership, call Linda Morano at AMHCA’s national office, (800) 326–2642, ext. 103.
  • Do all presenters (including the chair) need to register for the conference?
  • Yes, presenters must be registered for the conference, at the speaker’s discount (early bird) rate.
  • Do I need to have my master’s degree to be selected to present?
  • In order to receive CEUs for workshops, at least one presenter must have at least a master’s degree. Poster session presenters do not require an advanced degree to be selected to present.
  • Can I request a specific time and day for my presentation?
  • No. Presenters must be available to present at any time during the conference.
  • What AV equipment will be provided?
  • AMHCA will allow presenters to request equipment from the following list:

    1.    LCD projector with screen
    2.     Wired mic (if room size warrants)
    3.     Flipchart with markers
AMHCA will not provide laptops. Presenters must bring their own computer equipment or rent it from the hotel. No exceptions will be made onsite.

  • Do I need to provide handout copies?
  • All speakers will be asked to provide an electronic version of their handouts to by June 17. Attendees will receive a web link to print handouts prior to the conference.
  • Is there any payment or reimbursement of expenses for presenters?
  • Only invited track programs receive reimbursement.

For information about the Call for Programs, download a PDF or visit AMHCA's Call for Programs page. See also the ad on page 5 of this issue.

New Webinar Series on Mindfulness Is Now Available

All six parts of the Mindfulness webinar series being offered by AMHCA and Psychotherapy Networker are now available to download. Though the webinar series launched Oct. 31, you can still purchase access now. The series is pre-recorded so you can view the webinars at your own pace, on your own time.

This highly acclaimed, streaming-video webcast series probes the benefits and limitations of both psychotherapy and mindfulness, and explores whether these two approaches to shifting consciousness can—or even should—be blended. 

Earn up to six CEs while traversing the full range of mindfulness issues with leading experts in the field:

  • Jack Kornfield, PhD, on “Spirituality and its Discontents”
  • Ron Siegel, PsyD, on “The Future of the Mindfulness Movement”
  • Tara Brach, PhD, on “Finding True Refuge”
  • Michael Yapko, PhD, on “Suggesting Mindfulness”
  • Richard Schwartz, PhD, on “When Mindfulness Isn’t Enough”
  • Mark Epstein, MD, on “Buddhism, Joy, and the Therapeutic Relationship”

The series includes two bonus sessions, at no additional charge: “Kindness as a Spiritual Practice,” presented by Sharon Salzberg, and “Has Mindfulness Been Oversold?” presented by Michael Yapko, PhD, and Ron Siegel, PsyD.

The six sessions and two bonus sessions are $139; add 6 CEs for $40 more at checkout. Preview each of the six sessionsLearn more and register.

Call for Programs

2013 Forensic Mental Health Convention
The National Board of Forensic Evaluators, Inc. (NBFE), seeks experts to conduct presentations for its first-ever Forensic Mental Health Convention. 

The online presentations should be noteworthy, informative, and motivate clinical mental health counselors to forge ahead in this highly productive, challenging, and prosperous career. 

Proposals for both mini-presentation (20 minutes or so) and one-hour presentations are welcome.
The convention will be presented as a webinar beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013. 

Attendees will receive 8 contact hours (.8 CEU). The cost of the training is $100. 

NBFE trains licensed mental health counselors to provide forensic mental health evaluations and expert court testimony. 

Submit proposals by Dec. 15, 2012, using the online Proposal Application form. For more information about the convention/webinar, see
or contact Valeria Watt, PhD, at

AMHCA’s Leadership Directory Is Online

For a listing of the mental health counselors and committees that do the volunteer work at AMHCA in support of the profession of mental health counseling, check out or download the 2012–2013 Leadership Directory. You’ll find contact information for the 11-member board; the approximately 45 AMHCA members who serve on AMHCA’s eight committees; and the board of the AMHCA Foundation.

Plus you’ll find the association’s liaisons to AASCB (the American Association of State Counseling Boards), the professional identity initiative 20/20, and FACT (National Fair Access Coalition on Testing), as well as the editors of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling and The Advocate.

The directory also includes the chairs and executive directors of AMHCA’s numerous state chapters, many of which have websites. See page 3 of the Directory for the beginning of the alphabetical list of AMHCA’s state chapters, leaders, and websites.