|Advocate: September 2013|
Advocate: September 2013
INTRODUCING AMHCA'S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO: A Q&A WITH JOEL E. MILLER
09/02/13 Joel Miller: I became keenly aware early in my graduate studies that our nation treated people with mental illness incredibly poorly, and with a pervasive lack of compassion.
LEND YOUR VOICE TO CACREP STANDARDS REVIEW TO ENSURE 'CLINICAL' STAYS IN CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
By Karen Langer, Would you be interested in attending except that you don’t want to get tasked with a job or get up early for a 7 a.m. meeting while you’re attending a conference? Consider this: Clinical mental health counselors do intimately personal work every day, but often work in settings without colleagues or peers with whom to discuss their work.
2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE LIVES UP TO ITS TRANSFORMATIVE THEME
By Camille Clay, The more than 450 mental health counselors at AMHCA’s 15th Annual Conference just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., spent a busy, stimulating few days networking with peers, advocating for the profession with members of Congress and their staffs, and learning the latest counseling advances.
RECOGNIZING THOSE WHOSE WORK IS TRANSFORMATIVE WITH AN AMHCA AWARD
09/02/13 “Resilience, Transformation, & Advocacy” was the theme of the conference. AMHCA President Judith Bertenthal–Smith, LCPC, who chaired the Conference Planning Committee, observed that the theme seemed prescient in light of coping with the aftereffects of the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., and the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy to a wide swath of the densely populated Northeast.
THE FIRST MARK HAMILTON AWARD FOR SERVICE GOES TO … MARK HAMILTON
09/02/13 In a tribute to former AMHCA Executive Director & CEO W. Mark Hamilton, PhD, who retired from AMHCA at the end of August after 15 years of service, AMHCA’s board of directors created a new AMHCA award.
MEMORABLE CONFERENCE MOMENTS—IN PHOTOS!
09/02/13 Lead-off keynoter Jonathan Haidt (above) explains why scientific studies fail to persuade people to change their views, and the meaning behind his enigmatic prouncement that, “The trick to per-suasion is to talk to the elephant first.”
COLUMN: FROM THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
By Judith Bertenthal–Smith, AMHCA’s Annual Conference was once again filled with thought-provoking keynotes, cutting-edge practice information, networking opportunities, and a renewed call for advocacy. Despite the Washington, D.C., heat, attendees were able to connect with each other and learn the latest techniques and ideas in the field at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, the beautiful setting for the conference.
By James Finley, Congress is in recess until Sept. 9, when it will launch a busy legislative period to consider spending legislation that has languished all year. Before recessing in July, a key House Committee advanced bipartisan Medicare physician payment reform legislation, a hopeful sign that broad Medicare legislation could reach the Senate in September.
THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE
By Deb Legge, PhD Private practice is a business. Like most businesses, clinical mental health counselors have customers. As service professionals, however, we make a distinction between our “clients” (those for whom we provide clinical services) and our “customers” (referral sources, people who hire us to speak or write, and businesses for which we consult).
09/02/13 Have you ever struggled with clients who seem incapable of moving beyond their troubled past? Have you had clients who blame everyone but themselves for their problems? Or wondered how to counteract the way some narcissistic clients narcissistic make you feel resentful, incompetent, and even threatened?
By Marie Daverio As a female recovering alcoholic and addictions counseling student, I am disturbed by some misconceptions in research and textbooks concerning the concept of powerlessness, particularly in the application of a 12-step program to white women alcoholics.