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Memorable Conference Moments
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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.”

ACA President Cirecie West–Olatunji 
(above) gives a tribute to retiring AMHCA executive director & CEO W. Mark Hamilton, who also once worked at ACA.

Each year the proceeds from the Silent Auction 
(above) benefit AMHCA’s active Graduate Student Committee. This year’s auction included on-site practice coaching sessions.

Photo above and below: Addendees had many opportunities between sessions to network and connect with colleagues—a nourishing aspect of AMHCA conferences since many mental health counselors work alone.

A baker’s dozen of AMHCA leaders
 (above). All but one has been president of AMHCA—the exception is former Executive Director & CEO W. Mark Hamilton (front row, 3rd from right). 

Front row, from left: Jim Messina (1978–79), Karen Langer (2012–2013), Gray Otis (2011–2012), Linda Barclay (2009–2010), Gary Gintner (2007–2008), Hamilton, Carol Staben–Burroughs (2005–2006), and Nancy Benz (1996–1997). 

Back row, from left : Tom J. Ferro (2010–2011), Jim Blundo (2004–2005), Gail Mears (2006–2007), AMHCA Presi-dent Judith Bertenthal–Smith (2013–2014), and Bill Wheeler (2002–2003).

Shedeh Tavakoli 
(above) explains, “Cultural Considerations in Counseling Military Personnel and Veterans with PTSD.”

Speaker Judith Swack 
(above) presented on Friday on, “History Trauma: The HBLU Approach to Treating Post-Traumatic Sress Disorder and Panic Attacks.”

The profession itself came under scrutiny in the session on, “CMHC Tipping Point? The Future of Clinical Mental Health Counselors,” presented by (above, from left) Gray Otis, AMHCA’s 2011–2012 president; AMHCA’s Jim Finley; and 2012–2013 President Karen Langer.

AMHCA’s growing number of conference exhibitors and sponsors 
(above) provide useful information to members about their products and services and help to defray the cost of registration for attendees. AMHCA appreciates their continued support!

Sharon Cyrus–Savary 
(above), a former chair of AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee, who now chairs the AMHCA Foundation scholarship awards, presented two awards at the Awards Lunch on Friday.

The Registration counter 
(above) stayed busy, with more than 450 attendees checking in for the two-day meeting. AMHCA staff and Grassley Group conference planners greet attendees and answer their questions.

AMHCA’s conference agenda was indispensable for taking advantage of the nine program tracks and full schedule of breakout sessions.