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Advancement of Clinical Practice Committee
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The primary responsibilities of the committee are to:

  • Identify clinical professional issues to enhance the skills and expertise of AMHCA members through webinars, white papers, emerging clinical practice briefs and other communications.
  • Identify continuing education workshops and networking opportunities.
  • Promote a sense of professional identity among members and the community at large
  • Enhance the organization's involvement with members and provide members with opportunities to give and receive professional development through continuing education, networking, and community development. 


Judith Harrington, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

Dr. Harrington is a Psychotherapist and has been in Private Practice since 1988.  She specializes in training and development of mental health professionals in suicide intervention; provides adult counseling & psychotherapy services, as well as couples and family therapy. 

Prior to establishing her full-time private practice, she was employed in college counseling at three liberal arts colleges: St. Mary of the Woods (Terre Haute, IN), Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL), and Birmingham Southern College (Birmingham, AL).She is an assistant professor at the graduate level in the Counselor Education Department at the University of Montevallo. 

Dr. Harrington currently facilitates special programs which include the monthly Breast Cancer Support Group at St. Vincent's Hospital, the twice-monthly Survivors of Suicide Loss Group at the Crisis Center, and the weekly therapeutic "Metaphor Group" at A Center for Eating Disorders (ACED)

She is an approved trainer of the American Association of Suicidology and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Dr. Harrington also serves as Chair to AMHCA’s Advancement in Clinical Practice Committee.

Ruthann Anderson

Stephen Brady, Ph.D.

Boston University

Stephen Brady is a School of Medicine associate professor of psychiatry and graduate medical sciences and chair of the University’s Faculty Assembly and Faculty Council; as such he is an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees. For the past 12 years, Brady, a member of the University faculty since 1990, has been director of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program, where his research focuses on HIV/AIDS risk and mental disorders. He is the principal investigator for a five-year National Institutes of Health study of motivational approaches for HIV prevention for mentally ill and homeless adults. He has a long-standing psychotherapy practice focused on the LGBT community.

A past chair of both the American Mental Health Counseling Association’s Professional Development Committee and the American Psychological Association Council on AIDS, Brady is a member of the American Association of State Counseling Boards, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and theNew England AIDS Education and Training Center Advisory Committee.

Brady holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Florida and a master’s and doctorate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His spouse, Rafael Jaen, is a University of Massachusetts, Boston, assistant professor, an award-winning costume designer, and an author. They live in Boston.

Thom Field, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC (WA), LPC (VA)

City University of Seattle

Associate Professor and Associate Program Director in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at City University of Seattle. Dr. Field is an Associate Professor and Associate Program Director in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at City University of Seattle.  He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision from James Madison University in Virginia. His dissertation on implementing dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents at an inpatient psychiatric unit was awarded the 2013 dissertation research award by the American Mental Health Counseling Association (AMHCA). Thom has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented on the topic of integrating neuroscience and mental health counseling.  A National Certified Counselor (NCC), Thom is also licensed as a mental health counselor (LMHC) in Washington and a professional counselor (LPC) in Virginia.  Thom has over eight years of clinical counseling experience in outpatient, inpatient, and school settings. He currently works as an independent contractor at a private practice in the greater Seattle area. 

Sean Hall, Ph.D.

University of Alabama 

Sean Hall earned his Ph.D. in Counseling, specializing in Clinical Mental Health and Educational Research Methods from Old Dominion University in 2012. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education and Clinic Director for the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Hall’s research interests are psychotherapy process and outcomes, measurement, and research methodology. He is currently a co-investigator on an interdisciplinary research project examining the effect of psychosocial interventions on adherence to exercise and markers of metabolic and emotional health. Dr. Hall’s clinical areas include cognitive behavioral therapy, suicide assessment, interdisciplinary treatment teams, and evidence based interventions for severe and persistent mental illness.

Karen Langer, M.Ed., LMHC

City University of Seattle 

Karen Langer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in WA and the Past-President of AMHCA. She graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Child Development and Counseling (1983).  She has been the Director of the Counseling Center at City University for the past 17 years and supervises the clinical staff that consists of Master’s level student interns. Other roles include Title IX Administrator and supervision of Disability Support Services and the Career Center.  Additionally, she has previous experience as a clinician, supervisor and Executive Director in a multi-service Community Mental Health agency.  She served as the President of the Washington Mental Health Counselors Association and for three years had the privilege of serving in the role of AMHCA Western Region Director. 

Gray Otis, Ph.D., LPC, CCMHC

Vanguard Behavioral Health Solutions

Dr. Otis is a former president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association who developed advanced clinical paradigms for the case conceptualization of mental health disorders as well as a comprehensive treatment guide. He is a proponent of an integrated construct for patient care. Mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and attachment issues as well as substance and behavioral addictions most commonly have their origins in unresolved trauma or chronic distress. 

He also proposes that there is an essential need to employ a comprehensive treatment approach. This includes a complete medical evaluation to address the biological basis of psychological disorders. It also consists of a thorough psychological assessment and a complete patient life-span narration to evaluate unresolved distressing experiences and consequential self-degrading beliefs. Treatment includes resolving underlying issues that have their genesis in shame and replacing them with the individual’s sense of worth and relational connection.

Board Liaison

Keith Mobley, Ph.D.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Dr. Keith Mobley is a clinical professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he directs the in-house training clinic staffed by graduate student counselors. He has been a member of AMHCA since 2004 and joined the board of directors as a regional director in 2010 prior to being elected president for the 2015-16 year. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Dr. Mobley worked for approximately 15 years as a clinical mental health counselor and LPC in North Carolina. Since that time, he has held numerous leadership positions, has received several awards from state and national organizations, and has numerous publications and book chapters related to counseling, counselor education, and clinical supervision.