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Advocate: May 2014
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AMHCA ELECTION RESULTS: A. KEITH MOBLEY WILL BE NEXT PRESIDENT-ELECT

AMHCA’s 2014 elections were conducted electronically, with the polls open from March 19 through April 30. The term for the three open positions on the board of directors runs from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017. This year, the election for president-elect was uncontested.
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CELEBRATE NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING WEEK, MAY 5-11

BY Kathleen McCarthy   Many mental-health-related events fall in May, which Mental Health 
America declared 65 years ago is “Mental Health Month.” “We are not Psychiatrists, Psychologists, or Social Workers. We are, proudly, Mental Health Counselors,” proclaims the website of AMHCA’s Maine chapter, the Maine Mental Health Counselors Association (MEMHCA)
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MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH!

Using the power of social media and grassroots organizing, we encourage peers and their loved ones to organize local events where we honor all members of our community, recognize that mental health is something that deserves positive support, and continue the fight against stigma towards mental illness.
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ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014: DYNAMIC CONFERENCE SPEAKERS—IN THEIR OWN WORDS

By Stephen A. Giunta,   We are expecting another sell-out conference this year. Why wouldn’t we? We have a timely conference theme—“Thriving in the New Era of Healthcare Reform”—that guided our selection of preconference workshops and general session/clinical presentations. 
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By Joel E. Miller, I hope that as a clinical mental health counselor, you haven’t been sitting around for the past year wondering which way the wind was going to blow on the implementation of Obamacare.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James K. Finley   Congress has been in recess for two weeks over Passover and Easter, and it will take up a limited agenda when it returns early this month. Items on its list for consideration include:
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD,    I’d say it’s about an even split—about half of the clinicians I work with go into private practice so they never again have to work with insurance companies. The other half go into private practice frantic to get on any and every panel that will have them.
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

Brief behavioral and mental health programs for children can be effectively provided within pediatric practices as an alternative to being referred to a community specialist, researchers found in a randomized trial.
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STUDENT CORNER

By Justin Krowel, The United States has been involved in a constant state of war since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The past dozen years of prolonged combat in multiple theaters of operation have taxed the U.S. military, veterans, and their families. Veterans and current members of the armed forces face many issues related to their experience in combat. 
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