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Advocate: October 2014
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NEW PARADIGMS FOR EFFECTIVE OUTCOMES—WHEN TRAUMA & CHRONIC DISTRESS CAUSE DISORDERS

By H. Gray Otis, PhD,   Michael, an experienced clinical mental health counselor, was puzzled. He was meeting with Jill for the first time. A single mother, Jill was concerned about her two adolescent sons who were having problems at school. Jill wanted to know if Michael thought that her sons might benefit from counseling. 
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WHITE HOUSE CALLS FOR SHARED EFFORT TO HELP PREVENT SUICIDE

By Kathleen McCarthy   The White House Briefing on Sept. 22 on “Suicide Prevention Month” featured a panel of experts representing the civilian, military, and government community, all intent on reducing the rate of suicide attempts and suicide.   
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READY TO RUN—FOR OFFICE? AMHCA ISSUES CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 ELECTION

Every year, three of the 11 members of AMHCA’s board of directors, including the immediate past-president, complete their terms of service. AMHCA invites nominations for the 2015 election of the association’s board of directors to fill those three vacancies. This year, applications are being accepted for three positions:
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COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO

By Joel E. Miller    Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a multifaceted public health issue that has gained much attention in the past month, especially as the National Football League addresses charges of violence against some of its players.
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

AMHCA is offering several webinar series on key topic areas to help clinical mental health counselors succeed in the changing marketplace. See the list of webinar series in the box below, and the list of recent and future webinars below.
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

By James Finley,   Congress adjourned in late September so that lawmakers would have the entire month of October free to campaign full-time ahead of the November elections. Before leaving Washington, Congress quickly passed a stopgap funding bill necessary to avoid a government shutdown. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

Deb Legge, PhD,   As you know, when you bill insurance companies for the services you provide to your clients, the insurance companies dictate your income. The best you can do is to make sure your 
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

Sharing regular family meals may help protect children from the effects of cyberbullying because family meal times represent social support and exchanges in the home that benefit adolescents’ well-being, according to a new study. 
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NOTEWORTHY
Two new departments debut in this issue of The Advocate: Professional Development and State Chapter News.

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STATE CHAPTER NEWS

By Whitney Meyerhoeffer,   AMHCA’s new director of Communications and State Chapter Relations, Whitney Meyerhoeffer, sent a letter to AMHCA state chapter leaders to introduce herself and to let them know some of the ways in which AMHCA is working to help them with issues that state chapters typically face.
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STUDENT CORNER

By Kristen Lister, My interest in professional service started in my master’s program. I credit my program for instilling in me a strong counselor identity, and credit my professors and supervisors for encouraging me to get involved in professional service. I have since served on the state and national level, and have enjoyed the benefits and challenges of being an advocate for the counseling profession. 
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