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Advocate: December 2012/January 2013
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INVITATION-ONLY CARTER SYMPOSIUM TACKLES STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS

By Karen Langer, I recently had the opportunity to attend the 28th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy. This year’s agenda was “Beyond Stigma: Advancing the Social Inclusion of People with Mental Illness.” 
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013: THEME OF ‘RESILIENCE, TRANSFORMATION & ADVOCACY’ RELATES TO LIFE BOTH IN-SESSION AND BEYOND

​By; Judith Bertenthal–Smith,  If you were one of the hundreds of fortunate participants of the 2012 AMHCA Conference in Orlando, you know what an incredible, successful conference we had.  
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CLINICIAN AND PRIVATE PRACTICE COACH TO SHARE HER EXPERTISE WITH AMHCA MEMBERS

Most AMHCA members are skilled clinical counselors, but to be successful professionally, they also have to be adept at running their counseling practice. To help them with the business side of counseling, The Advocate has invited Deborah Legge, PhD, CRC, LMHC, to write a regular department on “The Business of Private Practice.”
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CALL FOR AMHCA 2013 AWARD NOMINATIONS

By Carol Staben–Burroughs, The theme of this year’s AMHCA 2013 Annual Conference is “Resilience, Transformation & Advocacy.” This is an important time to recognize and join with others to strengthen our personal and professional paths to greater mental health. 
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD   Like the rest of the nation, our thoughts are with the victims of the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, and the famililes of those whose lives were taken. Our thoughts are also with the medical and mental health professionals who are helping those affected by this tragedy. 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: SPECIAL FEATURE ON HEALTHCARE REFORM

With the presidential election behind us, what are its implications for the mental health counseling profession and for AMHCA’s professional advocacy? 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD,  Whether or not you do your own billing, if you are in private practice, you need to be in charge of your money. Knowing what has been billed and what has (or has not) been collected is just the tip of that iceberg.
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

The reason we find it hard to give good directions is because of the “curse of knowledge,” a psychological quirk whereby, once we have learned something, we find it hard to appreciate how the world looks to someone who doesn’t know it yet. 
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NOTEWORTHY

12/18/12   The American Psychiatric Association’s latest version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5) passed a major milestone on Dec. 1 when its board of trustees approved the manual’s final diagnostic criteria. 
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STUDENT CORNER

By April Krowel, Social media—more specifically, Facebook—has become immensely popular. In 2009, there were an estimated 175 million active Facebook users—more than twice the population of Germany (about 82,000). 
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