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Michigan has a new law that protects and strengthens our LPC license. House Bill 4325 passed both the Michigan House and Senate by 100% of the legislators and was signed into law by the Governor on October 29th as Public Act 96 of 2019. When we found out that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) decided to alter our Scope of Practice without the approval of the Board of Counseling, by moving diagnosis, testing and other measures into an educational category, we acted to quickly to mobilize the 10,000 LLPC/LPC’s into action to block the administrative changes that would have likely gone into effect in November of this year and restricted ...
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Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association Michigan mental-health counselors applaud unanimous, bi-partisan support as licensing bill signed into law LANSING, Mich., October 29, 2019 – Michigan mental health counselors applauded as House Bill 4325 sponsored by Rep. Aaron Miller (R-Sturgis) was signed into law today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.  Now Public Act 96 of 2019, the new law ensures Michigan’s licensed professional counselors (LPCs) can continue to provide treatment to hundreds of thousands of residents in need. “This new law will ensure that more than 150,000 Michiganders can still access critical mental health care,” said Governor ...
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I’m guessing that managing a professional sports team is a hard job. And I’m guessing that one of the hardest things a coach does is something they have to often: decide who will and who won’t stay on the team. It’s never fun to let someone go, but it’s part of the job, and it’s important for your customers, clients and even other team members that this part of the job is done well. Now, here are a few “don’ts” which serve as tips for managing your team, learned from painful experiences over the years: 1. Don’t ignore performance. Managers need to set clear performance objectives and then measure employee performance against those objectives. This ...
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The first HIPAA-compliant platform providing clinical supervision through secure video conferencing has teamed up with AMHCA to make the path to licensure easier for professional counselors. NOV. 6, 2019 (ATLANTA) - Motivo , the first platform for online clinical supervision, is proud to announce its partnership with the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) . By partnering with Motivo—a HIPAA-compliant network for connecting therapists to clinical supervisors for live video supervision— AMHCA members seeking licensure can find a supervisor and receive a discount on their first three sessions of supervision .  With the rise of telehealth, ...
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Alexandria, VA - it is with great pleasure to announce that the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has engaged Dave Bergman as a Government Affairs Consultant. Dave spent 10 years at the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) serving as the Chief Government and Strategic Affairs Officer, and previously the Vice President of Legal and External Affairs/Chief Legal Officer.  He developed and implemented NBCC’s federal and state advocacy program, provided strategic direction to the organization, and served as liaison to public and private stakeholders.  He is an expert in behavioral health policy with an in-depth knowledge of counseling ...
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October 23, 2019 @Alan Goodman  AMHCA Past President, has announces a call for nominations for President-Elect of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. ​ “Our vision is to position clinical mental health counselors to meet the health care needs of those we serve while advancing the profession.”  “Our mission is to advance the profession of clinical mental health counseling by setting the standard for: Collaboration Advocacy Research Ethical Practice Education, Training, and Professional Development   In accordance with AMHCA bylaws, “The President-Elect shall serve as a member of the Board of Directors, chair the Annual Conference ...
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October 23, 2019 Early Bird Registration Open for the 2020 AMHCA Annual Conference Join us for a fun and exciting time in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada! Find out more information about our conference at http://www.amhca.org/confer
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This year’s theme is Energized, Empowered, and Unified: Shaping the Future of Mental Health. We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal to present at this year’s conference. We hope you will take this opportunity to share your expertise with colleagues from across the country. The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2019. Submit a proposal here: https://www.abstractscorecard.com/cfp/submit/login.asp?EventKey=OYNAKSQR See more details about the conference at https://www.amhca.org/confere
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October 21, 2019 On Thursday 10-17-2019 the Michigan Legislature unanimously passed our bill to protect our 10,000 licensed counselors. HB4325 will codify diagnosis and several other issues included in our Scope of Practice.  This law negates the administrative rules changes recommened by Licensing and Reulatory Affairs (LARA) for implementation of technical changes to signifantly reduce our scope of practice including removing diagnosis. These changes would have gone into effect in November. This is a fantastic moment Michgan Counselors and hope it helps licensing issues across the country. MMHCA is very proud to have created this ...
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October 10-12, 2019 AMHCA's Melissa McShepard and Whitney Meyerhoeffer traveled to Seattle, Washington to exhibit at the 2019 ACES Conference.  It was great to talk to everyone and showcase our new upcoming publication "The Essentials of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession". Stay tuned for more information about the new book! Melissa McShepard at the AMHCA booth at the 2019 ACES Conference AMHCA's new publication the "Essentials fo the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession"
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When starting a private practice , common advice you might hear to help you prepare for the roller coaster includes: “There will be ups and downs,” “There will be seasons of feast, and famine,” and “You’ve just got to roll with the punches.” The reality, though, is that the experience of growing a private practice isn’t ups then downs—it’s experiencing both at the same time, a lot like this example from my own practice. A Hit on Reddit: Learning to Roll with the Punches It was 10:30 pm on a Saturday. A couple hours earlier, I had set my phone aside (a rare event) to charge. On my way to bed, I picked it up and see dozens of missed calls and texts. ...
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September 13, 2019 The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) ( https://www.socialworkers.org/ ) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. Social work practice in behavioral health promotes well-being through by assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness, substance use, and other addictions. More and more, mental health professional are categorized as “therapists” as we have seen in recent articles ...
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September 13, 2019 The National Council for Behavioral Health (the National Council) ( https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/ ) is the unifying voice ofAmerica’s health care organizations and agencies that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. The Council represents 3100 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions. The National Council introduced“Mental Health First Aid USA”and more than 1.5 million Americans have been trained. The National Council coordinates theMental Health First Aid program and operates theSAMHSA-HRSA Center forIntegrated Health Solutions to provide ...
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The Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW) ( https://abhw.org/ ) is dedicated to advancing federal policy and educating the public on mental health and addiction care. By advocating on behalf of health plans for improved access and higher quality care,ABHW focuses on ensuring better health outcomes for individuals and communities. ABHW member companies provide coverage to over 200 million people in both the public and private sectors to treat mental health, substance use disorders, and other behaviors that impact health and wellness. ABHW provides thought leadership and advocates for regulations and policies that help provide high quality health ...
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September 12, 2019 The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) ( https://www.schoolcounselor.org/ ) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible3members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to school counselors around the world. The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs” outlines the components of a school counseling program that is integral to a school’s academic mission and is created to have a significant ...
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September 12, 2019 Founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), The KennedyForum’s ( https://www.thekennedyforum.org/ ) goal is to lead a national dialogue on transforming the health care system by uniting mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around a common set of principles, including full implementation of the Federal Parity Law. The Forum aims to achieve health equity by advancing evidence-based practices, policies, and programming for the treatment of mental health and addiction.The Kennedy Forum, along with strategic partners like NAMI and MHA–recently launched“Mental Health for US”,a nonpartisan educational ...
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September 12, 2019 The mission of the American Psychiatric Association ( https://www.psychiatry.org/ ) is to promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental illness, including substance use disorders, and their families, promote psychiatric education and research, advance and represent the profession of psychiatry, and serve the professional needs of its membership. The primary goals are to: promote the rights and best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of psychiatric services for mental illness, including substance use disorders, improve access to and quality of psychiatric services, improve research into all aspects ...
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Recently, three U.S. Senators -- Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) sent a "Dear Colleague" letter to all Senators encouraging their fellow Senators to  significantly modernize, strengthen and add benefits to the traditional Medicare Program.  They have described their rationale in their communication and a key legislative piece -- S. 286, the Medicare Mental Health Access Improvement Act -- is one of the bills they are requesting the Senate pass so the Medicare program continues to provide value to current and future enrollees.  Senator Stabenow is the co-sponsor of S. 286 with John Barrasso (R-WY).   The U.S. Senate ...
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While growth can be exciting, a successful small, solo counseling private practice is also a wonderful thing. It’s what so many of us dreamed of when we were in grad school: A full caseload of clients that are being helped with meticulous, personalized care.    You’re your own boss—you get the job (or should I say many jobs) done. Perhaps, occasionally, someone will tell you that they read an article from your blog, or watched a YouTube video, or saw you do an interview on the local news. When prospective clients reach out, they might say they heard about you through a friend who sang your praises and recommended they get started on their own mental ...
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AMHCA and ACES Form Special Task Force to Enhance Clinical Mental Health Counselor Education and Supervision Alexandria, VA   The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is pleased to announce that it has established a joint task force with the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) to explore mutually beneficial collaborations to enhance clinical mental health counselor education and supervision for the 2019-2020. Some key topics the task force will be considering include: A needs assessment related to gaps in clinical mental health counselor education and supervision. Policies to enhance academic-clinician ...
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