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Advocate: June 2014
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A MODEL FOR COUNSELING ETHICS IN THE DIGITAL WORKPLACE

By Steven M. DeMille,   The impact of technology in the workplace and in our personal lives is ubiquitous. As you read this article about the digital workplace, examples of these changes will run through your mind. From the use of emails for quick communications to video conferencing, social media, the Internet, and smartphones, the list goes on. The impact is clear. 
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2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: TOP 10 REASONS TO GO TO THE 2014 CONFERENCE

By Stephen A. Giunta, PhD,   With comedian Stephen Colbert replacing the retiring David Letterman on “The Late Show,” I find myself compelled to provide you with a Top 10 list. So, in no particular order and with malice toward none, I offer my top 10 reasons to head for Seattle to attend AMHCA’s Annual Conference in July:
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By Joel E. Miller,   The terrible tragedy on May 23 in Isla Vista, Calif., that left six people dead, 13 injured, and the shooter dead from a self-inflicted gunshot has the behavioral health field and society at large wondering what could have been done to avert this horrific event. 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley  After years of constant resistance, in recent weeks the Republican congressional drive to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has begun to recede on Capitol Hill. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD,   Many clinicians spend each and every week fretting about where their next client will come from. This can be so anxiety-producing that it takes the fun right out of being in private practice. 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

Putting off tasks until later, procrastination, is common, but new research suggests that “pre-crastination,” hurrying to complete a task as soon as possible, may also be common.
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NOTEWORTHY

AMHCA kicked off its new, year-long webinar series on Private Practice Management issues with its May 22 webinar on “Compliance and Work-flow: Top Tips to Protect Your Practice and Your License.” 
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STUDENT CORNER

By April Krowel, Chair,   For the first time this year, during the annual celebration of National Mental Health Counseling Week, AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC) participated by sponsoring a free, virtual 5k run/walk, and by posting comments on AMHCA’s student Facebook page.
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THE LAST WORD

By Judith Bertenthal–Smith,    As I write my last Advocate article as AMHCA’s president, my favorite Margaret Mead quote rings true. While we are a small organization, we have spent this year advocating for our profession, our chapters, our members, and those who come to us in need. 
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