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  • Strategies for Counseling Clients in Interracial/Interethnic Marriages
  • What to Consider Before Telemental Health Services


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  • Special Section: Inside AMHCA featuring advocacy, licensure portability and much more!
  • Special Section: AMHCA State Chapters
  • The President's Perspective
  • From AMHCA's CEO
  • Staff share their holiday plans.

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Past Issues

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    November 2018

    A double issue of The Advocate Magazine featuring special sections on AMHCA, State Chapters and more features.

  • May 2018

    Featuring how to protect ourselves from violent clients, treating transgender clients effectively plus ethics and social media column.

  • February 2018

    Featuring single-parenting issues, birth order and resilience, plus a special conference section.

  • November 2017

    Featuring the neurobiology of trama, generating resources to handle stress, applying feminist theory to counsleing related to aging and more!

  • August 2017

    Featuring power differentials, core beliefs, marketing, counseling law enforcement, AMHCA legislative initiatives, conference wrap-up, staff updates.

  • May 2017: Private Practice Issue

    Featuring what you need to know before you hang out your shingle, what grad school doesn't teach you and more.

  • February 2017: Conference Edition

    Featuring an inside look at NBCC, a special conference section, using apps in your treatments and co-occurring disorders.

  • November 2016

    Featuring Part 4 of celebrating 40 years of AMHCA, overcoming relational bias, resilience and case conceptualization.

  • August 2016

    Featuring Part 3 of celebrating 40 years of AMHCA, ethical decision making in counseling, research-informed practice, using ACT for female victims of rape, ART and science of self-injury interventions.

  • May 2016

    Featuring Part 2 of celebrating 40 years of AMHCA, marketing yourself to integration-based settings, treating co-occurring addiction and trauma, 6-step model for crisis counseling and working with combat veterans.

  • February 2016: Conference Edition

    Featuring a new section for celebrating 40 years of AMHCA, a special section about the upcoming conference including articles from our keynoters and finding process addictions.

  • November 2015

    Featuring What you need to do to work with military clients, 10 strategies to help clients get "unstuck", a new approach to private practice, postcard from Cuba and news from the VA.

  • August 2015

    Featuring tools needed to succeed in the coming decade, a look at the cause of mass shootings in the US, intro to the new magazine and highlights from the 2015 conference.

  • June 2015

    Featuring News from AMHCA, becoming the "go-to" therapist on your local psychiatrist's list, a student leading her first psychotherapy group, and 10 reasons to attend our Philly conference.

  • May 2015

    Featuring the VA's new pilot program, celebrating Mental Health Month, 4 steps to achieving your goals, students take a cue from leaders in mental health awareness and what CMHCs can do about gun violence.

  • April 2015

    Featuring how to work with court-mandated clients, finding your target market, managing the risk of clients requesting letters of permission for "comfort animals" to be allowed in areas that specify "no pets allowed".

  • March 2015

    Featuring baby boomers and aging, growing your business, support networks for new counselors,and news form AMHCA.

  • February 2015

    Featuring marketing tips, legislative updates and AMHCA news.

  • December 2014 / January 2015

    Featuring how to use narratives in counseling, the expenses in private practice that are worth it, health care reform and you, career options for graduate students, AMHCA news.

  • November 2014

    Featuring how to succeed in integrated care settings, how to establish a safe environment for clients, legislative update, AMHCA weighs in on conversion therapy.


    October 2014

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  • September 2014

    Featuring a 2014 conference wrap-up, AMHCA updates, reactions to the death of Robin Williams, and a legislative update.


    July / August 2014

    Featuring a new initiative in integrated medicine from AMHCA, the IOM challenges DOD and VA to show effectiveness, how to put your expertise to work in your community, risk management and advertising your services.

  • June 2014

    Featuring ethics in the digital workplace, graduate students sponsor a virtual mental health counseling week walk, legislative updates and re-engaging inactive clients.

  • May 2014

    Featuring a focus on mental health month, a look ahead at the conference, working with insurance companies and AMHCA updates.

  • April 2014

    Featuring an overview of AMHCA's testimony before Congress, how to audit your practice for risk, highlights from the SAMHSA annual report and self-care.

  • March 2014

    Featuring a review of the Medicaid expansion program, your attitude in your success in private practice and risk management.

  • February 2014

    Featuring what you need to know about the new ICD-10 codes, autonomy in private practice, legislative update and AMHCA updates.

  • December 2013 / January 2014

    Featuring a special report on healthcare reform, working with insurance companies, thinking of attending and attending are very different for graduate students and AMHCA updates.

  • November 2013

    Featuring a special report on health care reform, epigenetics and its implications for work with clients, practicing self-care as a student and getting through the holidays in your private practice.

  • October 2013

    Featuring a special report on health care report, how to increase your market in private practice and legislative updates.

  • September 2013

    Featuring AMHCA's new executive director, running your private practice like a business and misconceptions in research.

  • July / August 2013

    Featuring surprising changes to the DSM-5, working with other clinicians and the hearings on how the application of HIPAA can help or hinder patient care.

  • June 2013

    Featuring a personal account of change, should your private practice accept insurance and a legislative update.

  • May 2013

    Featuring a focus on 'Community Resilience' for National Mental Health Counseling Week, a legislative update and picking a target market for your private practice.

  • April 2013

    Featuring an article about risk management and going beyond the professional will, how to find your 'ideal client', when a client stops attending therapy and AMHCA updates.

  • March 2013

    Featuring how to manage our response to our client's trauma, setting up your private practice, graduate students and technology in counseling and AMHCA updates.

  • February 2013

    Featuring AMHCA's recommendations to Vice President Biden's task force on gun violence, how to draw attention to your practice and developing a professional identity for social change.

  • December 2012 / January 2013

    Featuring news from this year's Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, a welcome to our new private practice coach and being in charge of your money in your private practice.

  • November 2012

    Featuring risk management and the death of a practitioner, a sample of a professional will and AMHCA updates.

  • October 2012

    Featuring neuroscience and hypnosis, a therapeutic model for the development of self-esteem and AMHCA updates.

  • September 2012

    Featuring melding quantitative study of the brain and qualitative study of the mind, AMHCA updates and counselors on the front lines of an overmedicated country.

  • July / August 2012

    Featuring AMHCA's comments on the DSM-5 draft, a legislative update and the student corner.

  • June 2012

    Featuring the IG report on Veterans' access to mental health services and AMHCA updates.

  • May 2012

    Featuring an overview of the new Inspector General's report on the VA, a sneak peak at our upcoming conference and AMHCA updates.

  • April 2012

    Featuring AMHCA's new credential, dual relationships and expert testimony, a legislative update and more!

  • March 2012

    Featuring news from AMHCA, legislative updates and a standard to improve a client's mental health.

  • February 2012

    Featuring an update on the progress of the new DSM-5, AMHCA upcoming election candidates and a legislative update.

  • December 2011 / January 2012

    Featuring an overview of the new TRICARE rule that authorizes CMHCs as authorized providers, advancing our professional identity and promoting your practice online.

  • November 2011

    Featuring advice to boost your NCMHCE test score, a reality therapy approach to clinical mental health counseling, counseling tips and AMHCA updates.

  • October 2011

    Featuring adolescent brain development, two military program opportunities for counselors, legislative updates and counseling tips.

  • September 2011

    Featuring a remembrance of 9/11 - a decade later and AMHCA updates.

  • July / August 2011

    Featuring AMHCAs delegation to Cuba, indie film review of "Red Doors", counseling tips about breaking free of managed care and legislative updates.

  • June 2011

    Featuring 8 tips to growing a practice, CAs grandparenting phase for licensure, AMHCA updates and counseling tips for the right diagnosis.

  • May 2011

    Featuring a movie review of the film "Arranged", counseling tips about sharing wisdom with younger people and AMHCA updates.

  • April 2011

    Featuring one member's impact from the tsunami in Japan, legislative updates, tips for determining what you're worth, risk management and two examples of the affects of Alzheimer's.

  • March 2011

    Featuring the use of neurofeedback with clients, the transition from student to counselor, reporting unethical practices in colleagues and reviews of movies Barney's Version and Black Swan.

  • February 2011

    Featuring this year's conference keynoters, AMHCA updates, forgiveness in helping clients get 'unstuck' and movie review of The Women.

  • December 2010 / January 2011

    Featuring a model for how to measure success, a movie review good for a laugh, legislative updates and AMHCA news.

  • November 2010

    Featuring kindness in the clinical setting, the beauty and beast in an examined life, beliefs about ourselves, body image and self-perception and AMHCA updates.

  • October 2010

    Featuring a practical approach to mindful practices, legislative updates, confessions of a regional student representative, movies about war and soldiers who survive it.

  • September 2010

    Featuring AMHCA survey results, AMHCA presents award to Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a diagnosis getting in the way of treatment, legislative updates and raising awareness with movies.

  • July / August 2010

    Featuring how to help military families during deployment, a counselors values in counseling, working in child welfare, raising awareness with movies and legislative updates.

  • June 2010

    Featuring a look at the Senate's TRICARE bill, using metaphor to illuminate counseling tendencies, offering hope to despairing clients and raising mental health awareness with movies.

  • May 2010

    Featuring Fredrickson's work answers 'Why is it good for us to feel good?', US Rep Rooney is Counseling Week chair, counselors evaluating physiological concerns and getting your first job.

  • April 2010

    Featuring leadership for you and your chapter, supervision agreements, understanding brain waves, solution-focused work and legislative updates.

  • March 2010

    Featuring a new IOM report, legislative updates, the significance of binge eating disorder, neurofeedback as an essential counseling intervention and a book review.

  • February 2010

    Featuring a look into the future, how counselors can help Haitians, a look at second chances and legislative updates.

  • December 2009 / January 2010

    Featuring a film about living with Asperger's Syndrome, serving American soldiers, legislative updates and AMHCA news.

  • November 2009

    Featuring an article about clients who have faced an unwelcome medical diagnosis, helping clients nurture the inner child, counseling as science and art, helping clients caught in comparisons.

  • October 2009

    Featuring the systemic engagement model used to connect with abuse victims, AMHCA members push for diversity, obsessive compulsive disorder in the movies, working with abuse victims and legislative updates

  • September 2009

    Featuring AMHCAs 'Hill Day', what it's like to have a brain injury, legislative update and responding to counseling requests beyond your training.

  • July / August 2009

    Featuring new CACREP standards, boundaries between counselors and clients, identity-theft protection for counselors, legislative updates and AMHCA news.

  • June 2009

    Featuring AMHCA's fight for Medicare coverage, helping clients with transitions, the upcoming special issue of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling and holistic healing with dance therapy.