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New Webinar Series on Treating Clients With Challenging Issues

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?

These challenges and more are explored in the new webcast series from AMHCA and Psychotherapy Networker, “Tough Customers: Treating Clients with Challenging Issues.” 

This highly practical, six-part streaming video webcast series, which begins Sept. 10, zeroes in on concrete strategies proven to work with challenging clients.

A few of the things you’ll learn in this nuts-and-bolts course:

  • How to successfully move past impasses with borderline, narcissistic, attachment-disordered, and self-destructive clients
  • Solid strategies for gaining and retaining therapeutic leverage, using empathic confrontation, and repairing ruptures in the clinical relationship
  • How to identify and avoid common errors such as sounding like a disappointed parent, relieving the client’s pain too soon, and letting your own vulnerabilities get in the way
  • A concrete approach to customizing treatment to the characteristics and needs of your client

AMHCA members who sign up for the series receive the following three bonuses:

  1. Bonus video with Terrence Real, author of, “The New Rules of Marriage,” and, “I Don’t Want to Talk About It.”
  2. Bonus video with David Burns, author of, “When Panic Attacks,” and, “Feeling Good.”
  3. Bonus articles—a special hand-picked selection from Rich Simon, editor of Psychotherapy Networker.

Click here for more information about the webinar, and to register

State Chapters: Apply for AMHCA Grant by Oct. 1

Arkansas, Iowa, and North Carolina AMHCA chapters are the first recipients of  AMHCA’s new Chapter Development Grants. The grants support special projects or long-term initiatives that bolster healthy state chapters. Grant amounts are typically $1,000, but range from $500–$2,500, with the expectation that chapters will match the funds.

The Chapter Development Grant Selection Committee consists of AMHCA’s four regional directors and the director-at-large. The grant awards are competitive and may be distributed to one chapter, or partial funding may be awarded to more than one proposal.

Spring 2013 grant recipients included:

  • Arkansas Mental Health Counselors Association (ArMHCA): $1,250 for financial support to hire a lobbyist
  • Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA): $2,500 to hire a lobbyist and redevelop the chapter website
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina (LPCANC): $2,500 to support part-time staff to serve as executive director

CACREP and CORE Enter Affiliation Agreement

On July 12, the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) became a corporate affiliate of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

The agreement includes a process whereby programs that wish to apply for accreditation under CACREP’s newly developed and adopted Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program standards (to be implemented by CORE) will undergo a review process conducted jointly by CACREP and CORE. 
As part of this agreement, CORE and CACREP will also continue to accredit other programs within their respective scopes of practice. 

CORE and CACREP are committed to working closely together to establish a framework for ensuring a smooth transition for currently accredited programs that wish to be reviewed under these new standards. Both organizations have also agreed to work towards recognition of programs accredited under the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling standards with regard to state licensure and federal hiring eligibility. 

Until recognition of the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling standards is achieved, programs accredited under these new standards will be permitted to hold dual accreditation status with CACREP’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program standards. 

CORE and CACREP have begun working on the details of the framework and will be releasing additional information this fall. A process is being developed for rehabilitation counseling programs that are already training students for clinical counseling practice, as well as one for those programs interested in developing a more clinically focused program. 

For the most up-to-date information, visit the websites of CORE or CACREP

To learn more as the plan develops, attend sessions at professional counseling conferences, including the conferences of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE), and the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB).