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Advocate: September 2014
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2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: SEATTLE GIVES ITS BEST TO AMHCA

By Karen Langer,   It was a pleasure to welcome AMHCA conference attendees in July to the best Seattle has to offer! As a resident of the 2014 host city, I lost track of the number of times I heard how beautiful Seattle was and how surprised attendees were that it wasn’t rainy. 
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AMHCA AWARDS HONORED EXCELLENCE AND COMMITMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

By Carol Staben–Burroughs,   Winners of AMHCA’s annual awards for 2014 were recognized at an awards luncheon during AMHCA’s 2014 Annual Conference in July in Seattle. 
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A COLLAGE OF CONFERENCE MOMENTS: GREAT SPEAKERS, NETWORKING, EXHIBITS

The passing of the presidential gavel—from 2013–2014 AMHCA President Judith Bertenthal–Smith to 2014–2015 AMHCA President Stephen A. Giunta.
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COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Stephen A. Giunta, PhD,   One of the main responsibilities associated with writing this column is to share with our members my position on various professional development issues, provided they are congruent with the AMHCA board’s position.
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO

By Joel E. Miller   The death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has served as a stark reminder that we have a long way to go in helping people at serious risk for suicidal self-harm. Part of the challenge, as you know, is that despite the stigma, suicidal thoughts are quite common, particularly among people who are depressed. 
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley   Following the month-long annual congressional recess during August, the House and Senate return to work on Sept. 8, and members of Congress will face a busy work period that is scheduled to end just about when the new federal fiscal year begins, on Oct. 1.
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD,   It’s so easy to get tongue-tied when it comes to approaching potential referrers. What do you say? How do you say it? When do you reach out? 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

By Fariss Samarrai   In a series of 11 studies, the investigation found that study participants from a range of ages generally would rather be doing something than spending even brief periods of time alone in a room with nothing to do but think, ponder, or daydream. 
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NOTEWORTHY

Robin William’s suicide has drawn attention to this key mental health issue. This year, Sept. 10 through Oct. 9 is Suicide Prevention Month in the United States. 
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STUDENT CORNER

By Kristen Lister,   In July, I attended the AMHCA Annual Conference in Seattle. I strongly encourage you to go to an AMHCA conference if you haven’t yet. Here are just a few of the myriad reasons why I go to AMHCA conferences: 
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