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Advocate: November 2014
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HOW TO SUCCEED IN INTEGRATED CARE SETTINGS

By James Messina, PhD,   I’ve been involved in behavioral medicine work since 1980. Years ago, I was a behavioral consultant involved with United Cerebral Palsy, where I worked with neurologists, pediatricians, physical therapists, and nurses, among others. 
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MEET AMHCA'S NEWEST BOARD MEMBER—DAN EDWARDS

Daniel J. Edwards, LPC/MHSP, NCC, is AMHCA’s newest member of the board of directors. AMHCA’s board appointed Edwards to the position after the then-Southern Region director—A. Keith Mobley, PhD, LPCS, ACS—was elected in the spring as AMHCA president-elect. Edwards is completing the last full year of Mobley’s term, which ends June 30, 2015.
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COLUMN: THE PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE

By Stephen A. Giunta, PhD,   If you are reading this piece in The Advocate, then it is likely that you are a dues-paying member of AMHCA and to some degree active in our association. Unfortunately, the majority of our colleagues are not reading this piece in The Advocate and are not members of a national, state, or local counselors association. 
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT—ONLINE

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,   During the past month, members of Congress have been out on the campaign trail, and away from Washington. This break from usual business offers AMHCA’s Public Policy Office the opportunity to ramp up advocacy in the new year to build momentum for passage of its Medicare provider status legislation. 
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THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE

By Deb Legge, PhD   One of the challenges we face in private practice is establishing a safe and appropriate environment for our clients and us. This challenge often keeps people from establishing a private practice, and it is a common source of ongoing concern for those who have already taken that step.
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FOCUS ON STATE CHAPTERS

By Whitney Meyerhoeffer As a Millennial and a dedicated believer in the benefits of technology, I can tell you that my goal this year is to utilize the wonderful technology already available to bring you closer to AMHCA. Likewise, I think it can also help you feel that AMHCA is not so far away from your state.
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RESEARCH FINDINGS

By Cathy Wilde   In people with a dual diagnosis of both a severe mental illness and a substance abuse problem, which is most likely to reduce the risk of violence: improvements in mental health or improvements in substance abuse?  
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NOTEWORTHY

According to a statement AMHCA’s board of directors adopted in July at the Annual Conference, “reparative therapy” or “conversion therapy” refers to “practices by mental health providers that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. 
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STUDENT CORNER

By Jade L. H. Letourneau,   In September’s Student Corner, Kristen Lister, chair of AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee, outlined reasons why graduate students should attend AMHCA’s Annual Conference. 
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