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Webinar on Men Afraid of Commitment

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

“Men and Intimacy: Overcoming ‘Commitment Phobia'" is a six-part streaming video webcast series beginning May 7.

Learn from innovators in our field how to:

  • Handle classic male defenses
  • Explore covert issues of anger and shame
  • Challenge male taboos about the expression of vulnerability
  • Translate gender differences for couples in conflict
  • Encourage men to risk intimacy in relationships

AMHCA members receive exclusive access to two bonus webcast sessions:

  1. “Empathy and Healing: An Introduction to Imago Relationship Therapy,” 
    with Harville Hendrix, PhD
  2. “Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: A Step-By-Step Approach,” 
    with Susan Johnson, EdD

All sessions are available starting Tuesday, May 7, at 1 p.m. EST. Add CEs at checkout or anytime for just $40. All six sessions plus two bonus sessions are $139. Register online.

Dissertation Research Award Offered By AMHCA Foundation

The AMHCA Foundation is sponsoring its first annual competition for dissertation research funding. The program is designed to assist doctoral students in an accredited counseling program with research costs. 

A grant of $1,000 will be awarded to a student whose dissertation research reflects excellence in and furthers our knowledge of clinical mental health counseling. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

The awarded funds may be used for direct research expenses (e.g., computer time, equipment, participant fees, and incentives), software, or conference travel. Funds may not be used for tuition, fees, or personal expenses.

Award notification will take place before the 2013 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. 
Application deadline is May 17, 2013. For more information, please contact Sharon Cyrus–Savary, AMHCA Foundation Trustee, at

Deadline for AMHCA Award Nominations Is May 17

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 2013 Annual Conference at the Awards Luncheon, which will take place this year on Friday, July 19, in Washington, D.C. 

Individual Awards:

  • Dr. Linda Seligman Counselor Educator of the Year
  • Graduate Student of the Year
  • Legislator of the Year
  • Mental Health Counselor of the Year
  • Outstanding Community Service
  • Poster Session Award
  • Professional Service and Leadership to a State Chapter
  • Public and Community Service
  • Researcher of the Year

State Chapter Awards:

To recognize the work of both large and small AMHCA chapters, two awards will be given in each State Chapter Award category. Large chapters are those with 500 or more members.

  • Membership
  • Service to Consumers
  • Service to Members
  • Outstanding Chapter Website
  • Outstanding State Chapter

For your nomination to be eligible, please submit a complete nomination packet of required information by theMay 17, 2013, deadline. Send your nomination information to AMHCA, Attn: Melissa Hobson, 801 N. Fairfax St., Suite 304, Alexandria, VA 22314, by the deadline: May 17, 2013.

AMHCA’s Finley Is Quoted in Psychotherapy Finances

The March 2013 issue of Psychotherapy Finances, which features a special report on the healthcare changes prompted by Obamacare, and the resulting opportunities and hazards for therapists, includes comments by AMHCA’s James Finley, associate executive director and director of public policy.

Finley talked about the demonstration projects going on in the early days of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as the costs of co-morbidity under ACA. The article also quoted him on the expansion of Medicare and the Sustainable Growth Rate problem.

The article quoted Finley as saying, “My guess is that there will be some progressive but not radical changes in Medicare this year,” Finley adds. “But they will all be looking at saving money, and that’s the argument we have to make—that counselors can help save some money by improving outcomes.



Advice-Column Letter-Writer Gives a “Shout Out” to the Profession

In the “Ask Amy” advice column that appeared nationally on April 28 in some newspapers, advice from a mental health counselor was featured:

“Dear Amy: I am a mental health counselor and want to reply to your response to ‘Distraught,’ whose 38-year-old daughter seemed to be descending into mental illness. Your advice did not go far enough:

“My late mother also had a devastating mental illness for more than 50 years. ‘Distraught’ and other supportive family members and friends should make an appointment with a qualified counselor. They need support and information about what the daughter’s symptoms mean, and they need a plan. The situation will improve with proper treatment. Supportive family involvement is essential to a good outcome, and we are here to help.”

—Know Mental Illness Well”

The "Ask Amy" column is distributed by Tribune Media Services.