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Advocate: May 2013
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NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING WEEK: ANNUAL OBSERVANCES EMPHASIZE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

By Kathleen McCarthy   The theme of this year’s National Mental Health Counseling Week, being observed May 6 through 12, is “Mental Health … Community Resilience.” This national event increases mental health awareness, promotes recognition of AMHCA state chapters and AMHCA, and supports the mental health counseling profession as a whole. 
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2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

By Judith Bertenthal–Smith,   You know a conference is going to be good when it’s hard to choose which sessions to attend because they all look so appealing. See the full conference schedule at AMHCA’s 2013 conference website, and start making your choices.
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By W. Mark Hamilton, PhD   Plans are under way for a stellar AMHCA national conference this summer. We’ll be convening July 18–20 in Washington, D.C., a destination that’s been perennially popular with our members.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley,   Recently the full Senate debated gun violence legislation, but withdrew it from consideration on April 18 when it became clear the underlying bill could not pass. The Senate debated several amendments to the gun bill; one was a very modest measure to boost mental- health-service activities. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD,   Choosing a target market—a population that will be the focus of your work and will influence your marketing efforts—is a great step to help position your practice in your community. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

The report, “Challenges and Successes in Dissemination of Evidence-Based Treatments for Posttraumatic Stress: Lessons Learned From Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD,” is accompanied by an editorial from Bradley E. Karlin and Madhulika Agarwal of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office in Washington, DC. 
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NOTEWORTHY

Learn how to engage men in therapy and increase their capacity for intimacy through AMHCA’s newest webinar series, in partnership with Psychotherapy Networker.
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STUDENT CORNER

By LaMarr D. Edgerson,  I am a psychologist in private practice. Half of my work is with couples and families. The other half is focused around helping clients overcome various traumatic experiences—from the mild to the unthinkable. 
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CHAPTER NEWS

Each year, ArMHCA’s conference draws mental health counselors from across the state. The 2013 conference, held April 18–19, offered 22 different workshops for a total of 14 available CEUs.
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