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Boost CEs Through Preconference Activities in Philly

By A. Keith Mobley, PhD, LPCS, NCC, ACSA
AMHCA President-Elect, 2014–2015, and 
Chair, AMHCA Conference Committee

The 2015 AMHCA Annual Conference schedule is available online , and online registration is now open. Register by April 16 for the best rates. 

But don’t try to squeeze everything into just two and a half days! I encourage you to come to the optional preconference events on July 8–9 so that you can spend more time in Philadelphia, increase your connection with AMHCA, deepen your training experience with our wonderful offerings, and earn even more CEs—up to 26.5 total. 

On July 8 and 9, we will offer our Annual Leadership Training for state chapter leaders. This invitation-only event, based on one’s role within our state chapters, has been an AMHCA event both rooted in tradition and infused with contemporary ideas. During the day and a half of training, experience a high-level of interaction with AMHCA staff and board members to build relationships and foster connections with other states’ chapter leaders. 
 Register for the Conference Online! 

Register by April 16
for the best rates!

Topics this year will include strategic planning, advocacy topics and skills, utilizing technology in chapter services, conference planning, financial management, and board development. A distinguished panel of guests will discuss accreditation and credentialing standards, including Carol Bobby, PhD, president and CEO of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), and Thomas W. Clawson, EdD, president and CEO of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC). 

If you don’t already have a leadership role in your state chapter, ask your board how you can become involved to be eligible for this event. Separate registration is required.


AMHCA’s preconference workshop offerings, which are open to all for an additional fee, begin the morning of Thursday, July 9. These extended workshops are in-depth, specialized trainings that will round out the content offered in the main conference as well as maximize the number of contact hours you can receive.

  • Forensic Evaluator Course: National Board of Forensic Evaluators (NBFE) founder Norman E. Hoffman, PhD, EdD, LMFT, LMHC, and NBFE Vice President Valerie Watt, PhD, LCSW, will be offering an eight-hour workshop on Thursday that can lead toward earning a forensic evaluator’s certification.

Two Half-Day Workshops
Or choose between two workshops on Thursday afternoon. Both run from 1 p.m.–5 p.m.:

  • Subtle Yoga: Kristine Kaoverii Weber, eRYT500, and Ashley Lester, LISW, eRYT500, will provide a workshop on Subtle Yoga, which makes the practices and principles of yoga accessible to mental health practitioners. The workshop covers:
    • The science behind the benefits to yoga,
    • A review of the connections between yoga and mental health, and
    • Ways to implement simple and subtle techniques of breath, posture, and meditation to integrate into your practice. 
  • Counselor-Entrepreneurs: Deborah Legge, PhD, CRC, LMHC, and John P. Duggan, NCC, LPC, LCPC, will present “Beyond Survival: Discovering the Changing Landscape for Counselor-Entrepreneurs in Private Practice,” which will be focused on business practices, economics, and workflow of behavioral health practitioners.


The conference itself will begin this year at 3 p.m. on Thursday with a documentary film, “Kings Park: Stories From an American Mental Institution,” followed by discussion. The film documents filmmaker Lucy Winer’s search for answers and meaning following her hospitalization after she attempted to commit suicide at age 17. 

The film “shines a light on the dark corners of U.S. psychiatric care,” which will be emphasized at the facilitated discussion held after the screening. As an added event, Winer will be a guest speaker during an optional Lunch & Learn on Friday afternoon that offers an additional contact hour.

The opening reception and poster sessions will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. Please consider making travel plans that include the full AMHCA Annual Conference experience!