|Advocate: December 2014/January 2015|
NARRATIVES IN THE COUNSELING SESSION: USING STORIES THAT CONVEY THERAPEUTIC PRINCIPLES
Joan R. Landes, In 1794, a 9-year-old boy in Europe needed surgery to remove a tumor. In those days, surgical operations were a last resort because of the risk of death. Anesthetics had yet to be invented. The germ theory was unknown. And many people died from a simple laceration.
2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: COME TO THE CONFERENCE, TRANSFORM YOUR PRACTICE
By A. Keith Mobley, PhD, I am excited about taking on my first official responsibility as AMHCA’s president-elect: chairing the 2015 Annual Conference Committee.
MEET THE NEW EDITOR OF AMHCA'S JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING
Richard F. Ponton, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Georgian Court University, is the new editor of AMHCA’s flagship journal, the Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC).
CARTER CENTER BRINGS TOGETHER EXPERTS TO MAP A NEW FUTURE FOR MENTAL HEALTH
In 1985, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter began the annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy to bring together national leaders in mental health to focus and coordinate their efforts on an issue of common concern.
COLUMN: NEWS FROM AMHCA'S CEO
BY Joel MillerFor most people, the details of any piece of legislation are overwhelming and largely irrelevant, but they quickly understand how it affects them personally.
By James Finley Following the fall elections, in which Republicans kept control of the U.S. House of Representatives and wrested control of the U.S. Senate from Democrats, Congress is now in a major transition to organize the largest bicameral GOP majorities since the 1930s.
THE BUSINESS OF PRIVATE PRACTICE
Deb Legge, PhD Many clinical mental health counselors try to run their private practices with very limited resources. Although the nature of our business allows us to run a practice on a reasonable budget (we don’t need a million-dollar inventory of widgets), there are some expenses that many private practitioners try to avoid that they would be better off embracing.
HEALTH CARE REFORM & YOU
By Joel E. Miller, It is no mystery that the U.S. health care system is moving in an entirely new direction due to a universal desire to slow down the escalation in health care spending and improve the quality of care. Most care delivery systems get it.
For many years there has been a widely recognized workforce shortage in the field of behavioral health. It involves both specialty-level providers in mental health and addiction services as well as primary care providers who frequently are needed to respond to the physical health needs of people with behavioral health conditions.
FOCUS ON STATE CHAPTERS
By Whitney Meyerhoffer What is your top New Year’s resolution? Lose weight? Save more money? Spend more time doing your favorite hobby? My New Year’s resolution is to volunteer regularly for the Clan Kincaid Association International.
By Shanda D. Smalls, NCC, LPC Many master’s-level graduate students strive to get a job with the federal government. For those of us working in the human services field especially, money is rarely the motivation.