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During this unique time where your clients may not be able to seek your services in person due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have identified several  resources for locating the laws, rules, and regulations for providing tele-mental health services.  We hope you find these regulations very helpful and informative for providing mental health services from a distance in the state you are licensed or in another state . AMHCA Letter to Health Insurance Industry Associations //higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/AMHCA/UploadedImages/983ec486-ee26-4f43-bb97-680895af340a/Letter_to_Health_Insurance_Industry_Associations__1_.pdf AMHCA Letter to The White House ...
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A recent article in Vox about social distancing points out that the rapid implementation of this overall strategy is necessary to flatten the coronavirus curve and prevent the current epidemic from worsening. But it points out that just as the coronavirus fallout threatens to cause an economic recession, it is also going to cause what we might call a “social recession”: a collapse in social contact that hits hard the populations most vulnerable to isolation and loneliness — older adults and people with disabilities or preexisting medical and mental health conditions such as depression, PTSD, bi-polar disorders, anxiety disorders and panic disorders. VOX: “Coronavirus ...
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COVID-19 is already testing public health systems in countries around the world. If the virus spreads further in the U.S., as appears likely based on recent reports, it will put severe stress on our health care system. This stress will be exacerbated—and could become unmanageable—if federal, state, and local governments fail to acknowledge inherent cognitive biases, which can turn reasonable fear into panic and hysteria. If such panic takes hold, our public health systems could be quickly overwhelmed, thus undermining critically important response efforts to COVID-19. AMHCA has urged the federal government to take steps to address the mental health consequences ...
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Each president of AMHCA has an opportunity to select a location and plan a trip during their commitment to the office (President-elect, president, past president). As the current past-president, I have decided to go to Scotland. On May 6th and 7th of 2020, we will be in Edinburgh, Scotland, which for me is a truly magical place. Of course this is a travel opportunity and you may stay as long as you like, but we'd appreciate AMHCA member participation as we visit the University of Edinburgh for planned events. The goal is to have some interchange – learn how they prepare clinical mental health counselors and perhaps understand and compare some of the differences ...
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Have you ever heard of Taxi Magic ? I doubt it. But I know for a fact you’ve heard of Uber—which is essentially the same thing. It just didn’t execute as well. Uber won at effective execution and is now valued at $76 billion.  Let’s talk about Dominos for a moment. In 2010, Dominos was failing, while their competition was thriving. Why? First of all, their competition was putting out a better product. People didn’t like Dominos pizza! Then, they shared customer complaints with the public that bashed their products: complaints that described their food as “cardboard” and it was “the worst excuse for pizza I’ve ever had.” Dominos needed to execute ...
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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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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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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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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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Choosing a name for your counseling practice is fun, exciting, and… a little painful. This is something you’ll have for life, which means you want to make the right decision, one that won’t yield any regrets. I’ll share some experiences I’ve had and provide some tips along the way for picking the right name for your counseling practice:  Don’t rush the process. Recently, my wife and I built a house. Out of our depth, we asked anyone we knew with experience for advice. The best guidance I heard was this: Picking out the finishes—cabinets, countertops, lighting, appliances, fixtures—while time-consuming, is the fun part. Remember to enjoy the process. ...
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The latest mass carnage in El Paso perpetrated by what appears by a man (USING AN ASSAULT FIREARM WITH THE MOST LETHAL KIND OF AMMUNITION) with white nationalism views – and in Dayton where the motive is unclear – although one of the victims is the sister of the killer, is becoming all too common place and is spreading. The public has always believed that anyone who could such horrific things must have a mental illness which I will get to soon as one myth that must be addressed. Another myth is that gun-related policy is so polarizing that any effort to make changes at the policy and community level is futile. We must get beyond this view quickly. But now ...
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Many people wait until the new year to find the motivation, kick it into gear, and set new goals. But we should be setting, working toward, and reaching goals all the time! When it comes to growing your counseling practice , you don’t want to be caught unprepared. It’s time to prep your practice for greater success. Here are some helpful tips for doing so: 1. Ready your team. Talk to your team about their availability. See if their schedules allow them to see new clients and even expand their hours. Also, make yourself aware of other schedule changes, like if a team member will be out of commission soon or otherwise on leave/vacation. 2. Add ...
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As with most things, marketing strategies change over time—or, at least, effective marketing strategies do. Last year, I wrote about very different tips for marketing your counseling practice. Now, I present you with several important changes to effective marketing for your business: Should I dedicate time and effort to getting and maintaining a website?      For 15 years I’ve been telling counselors to get a website. Why? People are going online to find services. If you don’t have a website then a prospective client will probably find and choose a  counselor  who does. Until recently, that’s been accurate. But today we might be entering a post-website ...
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The first year of opening your private practice isn’t easy. There is a steep-learning curve, and tasks aplenty to get done (especially if you’re putting your efforts into opening a group practice). Additionally, there’s usually fear involved. Why? Because you’re invested both emotionally and financially. You’re all in. And even if you’ve watched others succeed, you can’t be sure that the process is going to pan out for you. That said, what surprises new entrepreneurs the most isn’t the learning or the doing… it’s that things rarely go as planned. Things Don’t Go as Planned—And That’s Okay Imagine purchasing a Taj Mahal Lego set (5,922 pieces ...
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The discussion around income disparity in the presidential primary races has taken on a new twist – one’s health, and in particular, one’s mental health. We have known through several studies conducted over the last two decades that a significant motherhood penalty exists on wages and evaluations of workplace performance and competence. Even after statistically controlling for education, work experience, race, whether an individual works full- or part-time, and on a broad range of other human capital and occupational variables. One Stanford University research study even sent out more than 1,200 fictitious résumés to employers in a large Northeastern city, ...
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From the paid parental leave one-upmanship by Silicon Valley companies to Democratic presidential candidates calling for guaranteed paid leave to Republicans arguing mandated paid leave could drive small businesses out of business, the issue is getting more attention in the United States. Currently, the U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world that does not guarantee paid parental leave. But what are the health benefits of paid parental leave on children, mothers and fathers? There is considerable evidence now that paid parental leave can have a significant positive effect on the health of children and mothers and can have major benefits down the ...
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Whether you call them individual cells in meteorological terms or clusters in a mathematical context, it is clear – based on new research from different disciplines – that women are facing a perfect storm of factors and issues that significantly raise the risk of developing mental illnesses, especially depressive and anxiety disorders. New research and studies also highlight that there are critical high risk periods during a women’s life where mental health disorders are more likely to occur. The past decade has seen increased emphasis on women’s mental health and sex/gender differences in the federal sector and in the research community. However, several ...
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a multifaceted public health issue that has gained much attention, especially as the National Football League addresses some of its players’ violence charges. The issue, of course, is not about football or football players. The bigger issue is that domestic violence affects one in every four women — according to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The group notes that 1.3 million women are victims of assault by an intimate partner each year; 85 percent of all domestic violence victims are women; and the women at greatest risk of non-fatal intimate partner violence are between 20 and 24 years of ...
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A reminder this Mother’s Day that millions of women suffer with postpartum depression. The birth of a child can be a joyous and exciting time. After childbirth, some women may experience postpartum depressive disorders that can adversely affect a woman’s mental health and their child. Being a mom is hard. For some, the journey to becoming a mom is really hard too. Mothers commonly experience what is called “the baby blues,” mood swings that are the result of high hormonal fluctuations that occur during and immediately after childbirth. They may also experience more serious mental health disorders such as postpartum depression, birth-related post-traumatic ...
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Ray (2018) noted that in the 1970’s, Jane Murphey of Harvard University studied the Eskimos of northwest Alaska and the Yoruba of rural Nigeria. This study was undertaken at a point in time when mental illness was regarded to have a relation to learning and the social construction of norms, or that mental illness did not exist was simply created by society. In addition, there was also a belief that mental illness had been created by Western societies.  A critical implication of this perspective tended to be that what we would define as mental illness in Western culture would be vastly different than that of mental illness in rural culture in a developing nation, ...
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