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Advocate: April 2013
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BEYOND THE PROFESSIONAL WILL

By Berna G. Haberman, PhD,  Consider the following very possible—and unwelcome—scenarios:
Vacation: You are a passenger on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The ship hits a rock just off the coast of Italy and founders. 
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GEREN JOINS AMHCA BOARD

AMHCA’s new Western Region director, Laurie Geren, LCPC, was appointed unanimously by AMHCA’s board of directors in mid-March to fill the remainder of the term that opened when former Western Region Director Steven Tierney, EdD, LMHC, CAS, resigned in February. 
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COLUMN: FROM THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Karen Langer,   At a recent state chapter meeting, a discussion took place about why members join their state chapter association: What does it do for members, what is its most important role, and what do chapter dues pay for? 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley,  On March 14, Senators Ron Wyden (D–Ore.) and John Barrasso (R–Wyo.) reintroduced Medicare legislation, adding the services of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists (MFTs) to Part B of the Medicare program. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD,   If you’ve read the “Finding Your Niche” installment of AMHCA’s Business of Private Practice Library, you know that identifying your “ideal client” is one of the prerequisites of finding your niche market. Knowing who your ideal client is enables you to really focus your marketing efforts. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

n the study, a pool of federal bankruptcy judges was presented with a hypothetical scenario: A married couple with two minor children asked the judge to approve a proposed debt repayment plan under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. 
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NOTEWORTHY

Give credit where credit’s due—nominate someone for an AMHCA award! The nominee can be yourself, a peer, or an AMHCA state chapter. Every year, AMHCA bestows awards on several individuals and AMHCA state chapters at the Annual Conference in July. 
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STUDENT CORNER

By Kristen Lister,   I love many things about the counseling profession. Our sense of community is one of them. As a student, I experienced this community firsthand when professors, supervisors, and fellow students generously shared their knowledge, wisdom, and support to help me become a better counselor. Their mentorship inspired me to be a mentor to others.
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RISK MANAGEMENT: TERMINATION OF THERAPY — CLIENT STOPS ATTENDING

A reader has asked me to write about a narrow aspect of termination. More precisely, the reader asks about private practice clinicians and their liability for clients who “stop coming” to therapy. Does the therapist continue to be liable for suicidal behavior and safety of the client? Does the clinician need to officially “close the file” and send notification to the client? These are the questions asked. 
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