AMHCA Home Studies

Home Study: AMHCA 2021 Conference (Advocacy Bundle - 3 Sessions, 4.25 CEs) 

09-02-2021 14:05

*Previously Recorded from 6/14/2021 to 6/25/2021 - Not a Live Event**

We are truly living out our conference theme by:

Recognizing the current situation,
Reframing our way of thinking about our conference, and
Restoring the quality and engagement that is unique and important to AMHCA conferences.  

Unite with us as we adapt and push forward with new innovations and perspectives! 


This is a bundle of our Advocacy and Leadership Sessions - please note that some sessions may appear in multiple bundles.



Classes included:

 Advocacy and Leadership | Diversity and Multicultural Tracks
Advocating Social Justice & Educating Future Social Change Agents
Presented by Devona M. Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC, NCC
Like many people, when faced with the recent horrific and senseless deaths of unarmed Black men and women, I found myself asking not only “why is this happening?” but the more important question of, “what can I do?” My response to the recent injustices was to gather students at my university into cohorts to begin their development as change agents. I set up subsequent town halls that met virtually to specifically discuss topics relevant to their growth such as understanding and critically examining white supremacy, systemic racism and oppression, and ways to cultivate meaningful change. We then separated into cohorts based on students’ level of social justice development, and ability for meaningful introspection and reflection. The purpose of these meetings was to shift from cognition to understanding, from reflections to action, from a moment to a movement. The hope is to present a conceptual and procedural thesis to provide educators, supervisors, and practitioners with practical programmatic steps to help students to become informed, insightful, and active change agents advocating for their clients, the profession?.

Creating School-Based Mental Health Collaborations in Rural Communities, 
Tracie Rutherford Self, PhD, LMHC & Eran Hanke, PhD, LMHC

 Supervision Track | Advocacy and Leadership Track
Creating School-Based Mental Health Collaborations in Rural Communities
Presented by Tracie Rutherford Self, PhD, LMHC and Eran Hanke, PhD, LMHC
The purpose of this presentation is to describe how counselor education programs can collaborate with rural schools to respond to the mental health needs of K-12 students and to better prepare counselors-in-training (CIT) to serve rural communities. While it is estimated over 20% of students in schools have diagnosable mental health conditions, up to 70% of those students receive little to no services; this is further complicated by students who live in rural areas where access to services are less than their counterparts in urban settings (van Vulpen, Habegar, Simmons, 2018). The presenters will identify the prevalence of mental health concerns of youth and the impact of rural culture. This will include information from a review of the literature, the results of screenings conducted within a rural school district in the Midwest and interviews with school staff and administrators. The presenters will then discuss models for providing school-based mental health services in rural communities and offer examples of how one counselor education program has taken steps to integrate these models into counselor training which addresses the availability and accessibility of mental health services among rural youth.

Increasing Connection in the Virtual World, Angel Golson, PhD, LPC-S, NCC & Capri Brooks, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, NCSC

 Supervision Track | Advocacy and Leadership Track
Increasing Connection in the Virtual World
Presented by Angel Golson, PhD, LPC-S, NCC and Capri Brooks, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, NCSC
Online programs continue to quickly expand at a high rate. Many faculty members who have taught in the traditional format are now challenged to adapt to the online world of teaching. Paul & Cochran (2013) believed that one of the biggest challenges of distance education is the communication factor because around 55% of communication happens non-verbally. For years, researchers (Chickering & Ehrmann, 1996, Mayadas, 1997) have acknowledged faculty communication as an essential feature in helping students who are struggling. Many online students have unique needs because they are often older and have a greater number of responsibilities in comparison to residential programs and traditional students (Mayadas, 1997; Newbold, Seifert, Doherty, Scheffler, Ray 2017). The faculty advising or mentorship role can be crucial in enhancing student engagement leading to student success and degree completion. This presentation will provide a review of the literature on advising and mentorship along with providing the results of ongoing research conducted at a large online counseling education program. Tips and tools will be provided to the participants in order to assist them in constructing their own personalized model for staying connected within an online setting.



AMHCA will provide 4.25 CEs total to all registrants who view all 3 webinars, complete the evaluation form and complete all 3 of the accompanying quizzes with a passing grade (80% or higher). Each webinar is 1.25 - 1.5 CEs, and credit certificates will be awarded for each individual session. American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.


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