AMHCA Publishes Clinical White Papers
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.
This white paper looks at the needs of individuals at-risk for suicide or suicide attempts. Readers are encouraged to pursue the plentiful evidence-based practices and best practices that are reviewed in widely available publications and sites. The white paper includes a list of “Top 10 Things to Know About Suicide Prevention and Intervention.”
Information on effective treatment to help individuals resolve trauma-related memories and feelings. Doing this enables individuals to process underlying self-beliefs, learn how to regulate strong emotions, and establish trusting relationships.
Recommendations for the use of technology-assisted counseling (TAC) between clinical mental health counselors and clients. TAC can include the use of telephone, videoconferencing, email, chatting, texting, and fax.
An AMHCA past president, Tom Ferro, LCPC, offers val-uable guidance on practice-building, from decisions on getting started to developing a niche, from using the power of word of mouth to selecting a billing service, and from giving presentations to taking care of yourself.AMHCA’s Professional Development Committee, which is responsible for developing the white papers, includes:
Mental Health Coalition Seeks Support for Psychological Impact of Climate Change
The Therapists’ Council for Environmental and Economic Consciousness (T’CEEC) has written an open letter “to bring the psychological effects of climate change and converging issues into focus in our profession.” The group asks for signatures to the letter, which it intends to circulate to professional organizations, publications, government departments, politicians, mental health and social service agencies, and social networks.
National Mental Health Summits Planned
At the National Conference on Mental Health in June, President Obama announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs is directing 151 of its healthcare centers nationwide to conduct Mental Health Summits with community partners, including local government officials, community-based organizations, and Veteran Service Organizations, starting July 1 through September 15.
Search Is Under Way for Editor of AMHCA’s Journal of Mental Health Counseling
The Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC), AMHCA’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, is opening a search for the position of editor. The position, which will be open July 2014, is for a three-year term, with the possibility of serving two consecutive terms.
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