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John Gottman, PhD, and the Head of SAMHSA to Deliver Keynotes; Pre-Conference Workshops Are on Ethics and Healthcare Reform

By Stephen A. Giunta, PhD, LMHC, NCC, 
AMHCA President-Elect, 2013–2014, and 
Chair, Conference Planning Committee

John Gottman, PhD, and SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, JD, Top the List of AMHCA's Exciting Conference Speakers

This year’s conference offers the excellent lineup of invited speakers and pre-conference presenters that AMHCA conferences are known for. 

Our Friday keynote speaker, world-renowned therapist John Gottman, PhD, has conducted 40 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples, addressing marital stability and divorce prediction. 

Co-founder of The Gottman Institute and executive director of the Relationship Research Institute in Seattle since 2002, Gottman’s work on marriage and parenting has earned him numerous major awards. Among them are four Research Scientist Awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, awards from the American Association 
for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and an American Psychological Association presidential citation for “Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution.” He has also been named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by Psychotherapy Networker and is author or co-author of 40 books. 

Pamela S. Hyde, JD,
Will Deliver Saturday
Keynote Address

To amplify the
conference theme—
“Thriving in the New
Era of Healthcare
Administrator Pamela
Hyde, JD, will give
the Saturday keynote
address on, “Leading Change in an Era of Health Reform: The Role
of Clinical Mental Health Counselors.”

An attorney with more than 35 years of experience working with public healthcare and human services agencies, Hyde has
headed the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Serivces Administration since 2009. SAMHSA is the lead federal agency in
implementing the Affordable Care Act
related to mental health financing and
care delivery.

“We are incredibly excited that Pam Hyde has agreed to serve as the keynoter at the AMHCA Annual Conference on July
12,” said AMHCA Executive Director & CEO Joel E. Miller. “As SAMHSA administrator—and throughout her career—she has
been a strong advocate for increased
services and funding for mental health
services, and she has worked tirelessly to address the needs of people with mental health conditions through key public policies at the federal and state level.”

Hyde has been a state mental health
director, a state human services director, a city housing and human services director, and a CEO of a private, nonprofit, managed behavioral healthcare firm.


Gottman’s AMHCA presentation, which will be geared towards a clinical audience, will cover “The Science of Trust” in the context of couple relationships, including the physiology and mathematics of trust and betrayal. He will also talk about a new empirically based theory of trust, how to create trust in love relationships, and how it is sometimes possible to heal from betrayal. 

His talk will be drawn from his latest books, “The Science of Trust,” and “What Makes Love Last?: How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal.” He will also review recent research from his lab that leads to a precise definition of trust.

For decades, many AMHCA members have relied on the work of Gottman and his wife, Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD, in our clinical practices. Some of us have had the opportunity to attend the couple’s workshops and have come away more confident in our abilities and better prepared to help our clients. It will be a pleasure to have the opportunity to hear him speak at AMHCA’s 2014 Annual Conference in Seattle.

In keeping with the conference theme—”Thriving in the New Era of Healthcare Reform,”—we have invited U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sibelius to give the Saturday keynote address. While she has not yet confirmed her appearance, we feel confident that she or a high-ranking member of her staff will be available for the conference to update us on the matters surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Four Timely, In-Depth 
Pre-Conference Workshops

An excellent array of pre-conference presentations this year will give our members more options for the training they choose. All four pre-conference workshops will take place on Thursday, July 10. 

1:  “DSM-5’s New Landscape for Personalized Diagnosis and Treatment Planning”

    Jason King, PhD, CMHC, ACS, CAF, DCMHS 
    Half-day workshop 

The DSM-5 represents a fundamental shift in how mental health disorders are conceptualized and diagnosed, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) infuses preventive and intervention mental health services with mainstream public health services. This seminar provides an overview of the DSM-5’s neurobiological organization and other innovations such as dimensional assessments, crosscutting measures, and spectrum disorders. Changes to major psychiatric diagnostic groups are reviewed, and participants have the opportunity to practice using the new system with applied clinical examples.

2:  “How the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impacts Mental Health & Substance Abuse Providers”

Jason King, PhD, CMHC, ACS, CAF, DCMHS 
    Half-day workshop
Myths and rumors abound regarding national healthcare reform. Come and learn the facts about how the ACA promotes child and adolescent mental and behavioral health, intervention services for domestic and sexual violence, detection of clinical indicators for at-risk communities (those with high rates of poverty, crime, high-school dropouts, unemployment, child maltreatment), supportive social services (including housing, vocational and group counseling), school-based health centers, and associated prevention and health-promotion strategies.

  In addition to his core clinical mental health counseling faculty position at Walden 
  University, King served as a collaborative investigator for the American Psychiatric 
  Association’s Routine Clinical Practice field trials that informed the DSM-5 revision 
  process. He is also a Behavioral Health Clinical Panel Member for Stanford University’s 
  Health Policy Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research. 

  King’s AMHCA Diplomate credential is as a clinical mental health specialist in Substance Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders Counseling. He received AMHCA’s Mental Health Counselor of the Year Award in 2012. In addition, he writes monthly articles on “Deconstructing the DSM-5” for Counseling Today.

3:  “Mental Health Counselors in the Courtroom: Legal and Ethical Issues”
Ruth Ouzts Moore, PhD, NCC, LPC
    Half-day workshop
  A core clinical mental health counseling faculty member for Walden University, Ruth Ouzts Moore has authored many presentations, publications, webinars, and training videos that address forensic issues. Her focus in the courtroom has centered on child abuse, domestic violence, and high-conflict divorce. In this interactive presentation, participants will conceptualize challenging cases that  have court involvement. Particular attention will be given to the CMHC’s role in the case and the dynamics of courtroom testimony to prevent legal and ethical sanctions.

4:  “Counseling in a Digital Era: Ethically Navigating  Technology in the Workplace”
Steven DeMille, PhD, LPC
    Half-day workshop
  Technological changes complicate the ethical practice of mental health counseling. 
  This interactive workshop will help participants develop procedures to minimize their 
  digital vulnerability. Attendees will be shown a model to help them identify and 
  respond to digital risks in their practice or agency. The workshop will also discuss risks 
  that CMHCs face unique to the digital era, such as social media, Internet, and digital 

  A licensed CMHC, Steven DeMille is a Mellivora Group general partner and research 
  director for RedCliff Ascent, an outdoor behavioral healthcare program for troubled 
  teens. He also holds a leadership position with the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare 
  Industry Coalition. His clinical interests center on wilderness therapy and neurocounseling. He is well-versed in ethics, professional boundaries, and risk-management in relation to digital and social media environments.