|Advocate: June 2013|
EMPATHY WALK: A PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF CHANGE
By Julie Thompson, I am a licensed professional counselor working for a university that provides me ongoing access to educational pursuits. A couple of years ago, I enrolled in a class called “Change Strategies” towards an advanced degree in Higher Education Administration.
KROWEL WINS AMHCA FOUNDATION STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD; TWO FINALISTS ALSO NAMED
A doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Ball State University and a veteran of the U.S. Army, April Krowel is AMHCA’s 2013 Student Travel Scholarship winner.
COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO
W. Mark Hamilton, PhD Clearly, AMHCA is fulfilling its vision: “To be the national organization representing licensed clinical mental health counselors and state chapters, with consistent standards of education, training, licensing, practice, advocacy, and ethics.”
By James Finley, Congress has just reached its scheduled mid-point for the year, so this is a good time to assess what legislation may actually pass by year-end.
THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE
By Deb Legge, PhD, Many counselors are not on all insurance panels. The reasons vary.
RESEARCH FINDINGSMore children have disabilities now than a decade ago, and the greatest increase is among children of higher-income families, according to a new study.
Of the 157 specific mental disorders cataloged in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), 15 are new, two previous ones were dropped, and 50 existing diagnoses were collapsed into 22, according to a summary in The Washington Post.
By Megan Weiner Burnout—especially in the field of mental health counseling and among other counseling fields—is an ongoing problem and concern for many of us in graduate school.
Attendees at DCMHCA’s April 27 mini-conference on “DC LPCs in the Age of the Affordable Care Act: Policies and Practices” gathered at a Washington, D.C., restaurant to hear three presentations and earn three CEs.
THE LAST WORD
By Karen Langer, It’s hard to believe my year as AMHCA president is coming to an end. We had such a great start with our successful and record-setting conference in Florida in 2012.