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Membership Growth Continues

Can you feel the association growing? Our numbers have held firm even throughout the downturn in the economy, and as the economy has stabilized, our growth been swelling steadily. We are rapidly approaching 7,000 members, a sharp uptick from the plateau of 6,000 where the membership hovered for some time. And we are most pleased that the increase is occurring across all membership categories. As with many professional associations, we have seen a surge in student membership, which we welcome and encourage. 

Certainly part of the reason for AMHCA’s appeal is that the association continues to offer members exciting new products and services while maintaining the quality and focus of our existing programs and services. Increasingly, AMHCA is the “professional association of choice” for clinical mental health counselors across the nation. 

In addition to our growing U.S. membership, AMHCA is attracting members from other nations. We now have members in the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Thailand, Greece, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Malawi, and Saudi Arabia. In our global world, we expect our international membership to grow in the months and years ahead.

Another important aspect of AMHCA’s growing numbers is the association’s legislative clout. AMHCA has heard from members across the country that they feel more threatened than ever by the exclusion from Medicare coverage and their inability to participate in the rapidly changing health system. 

Our strengthened membership can translate into a more compelling voice on Capitol Hill as we step up congressional advocacy this year. Please lend your voice and time to AMHCA’s efforts to help us succeed in representing mental health counselors’ interests in the new Congress. Your participation is absolutely essential to advance the profession.

To keep up with AMHCA’s legislative efforts, stay in touch with your state chapter, follow our Public Policy page on our website, and see the Legislative Update in this issue.

Three New Professional Programs Are a Hit With Members

All three programs—AMHCA’s Diplomate credential; our webinar series; and our new, members-only, online Business of Private Practice Library—benefit clinical mental health counselors.

  • AMHCA’s Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) recognizes both advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling. The credential not only enhances the stature of individual clinical mental health counselors, but also increases the prominence of our profession.

Many AMHCA members already qualify for the Diplomate; in fact the “pass rate” for those who have applied for the credential has been extremely high. 

AMHCA is now accepting new applications. The deadline for current cycle submission is April 30, 2013.Learn more about the Diplomate credential, or apply for the Diplomate.

  • The webinars series AMHCA has offered in partnership with Psychotherapy Networker magazine has proven increasing popular. The most recent series have presented the field’s top experts in mindfulness and trauma. More new and informative webinars are planned in the AMHCA–Networker Series. Learn more information on the current series on trauma.
  • Early in the new year, AMHCA introduced the online Business of Private Practice Library. Written by practicing mental health counselor Dr. Deb Legge, her articles provide concrete information on how to run a clinical mental health counseling private practice so that it is both successful and sustainable.

The first two titles in the members-only library are: “Is Private Practice Really For You?” and “Finding Your Niche.” Watch for more useful professional tips from the AMHCA’s new, onlne Private Practice Library.

Annual Conference July 2013

Join us this year in Washington, D.C., July 18–20, for the 2013 AMHCA Annual Conference. As always, we promise an informative and enjoyable experience with the focus on issues relevant to clinical mental health counselors. 

We’re also planning to take advantage of the conference setting by including an opportunity to advocate for your profession on Capitol Hill.

The Friday keynote address will be given by Dr. Jonathan Haidt, whose work focuses on morality and emotion and how they vary across cultures. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion.” A highly regarded and sought-after speaker, Haidt is a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he works with other social scientists and economists to figure out how to apply moral psychology to make businesses, nonprofits, cities, and other systems work efficiently and ethically. 

The Saturday keynote will be on “The Challenges of Reintegration Following Deployment,” presented by William Brim, PsyD, whose work focuses in particular on insomnia and post-traumatic stress disorder in deployment and redeployment.

Pre-Conference workshops will address the DSM–5 and the ethical implications of electronic technology, teletherapy, and technotherapy.

Online registration for the Annual Conference is open. Register online soon for the best rates. 

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