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Advocate: July/August 2013
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AFTER DEBATE, FEEDBACK, AND REVISION, DSM-5 ARRIVES, WITH SOME SURPRISING CHANGES

Gary G. Gintner PhD,   I was at the annual conference of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in San Francisco when it released its much-anticipated DSM-5 on May 18. 
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WHITE HOUSE HOSTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MENTAL HEALTH

On June 3, the White House brought together people from across the country to discuss how to work together to reduce stigma and help the millions of Americans struggling with mental health problems recognize the importance of reaching out for assistance. 
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COLUMN: FROM THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Judith Bertenthal-Smith,   It is with tremendous excitement and an equal amount of trepidation that I assume the presidency of AMHCA. I am a believer in the notion that a certain degree of discomfort is a wonderful catalyst for growth and creativity.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley,   AMHCA moved one step closer in June to its goal of increasing VA employment opportunities for mental health counselors. In June, Sen. Jon Tester (D–Mont.) introduced S.1155, the Rural Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act, which is designed to “cultivate a VA mental health workforce that better addresses the needs of veterans.” 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD, At some point in your private practice career, you may find yourself working side-by-side with a group of other clinicians. This can happen in a few different ways, including:
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

Major mental disorders traditionally thought to be distinct share certain genetic glitches, according to a new study. 
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NOTEWORTHY

The series of four white papers, on topics relevant to current mental health counseling practice, is a new resource exclusively for AMHCA members. These first AMHCA white papers address responding to suicide risk, treating trauma and chronic distress, using technology in counseling, and building your practice.
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STUDENT CORNER

I would like to thank the Graduate Student Committee (GSC) mentors who guided me as GSC chair and the committee working towards our goals for this past year. 
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RISK MANAGEMENT: CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS ON HIPAA

he House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, has held several hearings on the nation’s mental health system, recently focusing on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and how its application can help or hinder patient care and public safety. 
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