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AMHCA News Updates
AMHCA's Resource Site for COVID-19 - Continuously Updated
We are grateful for all that you –- AMHCA members -- and our partners are doing on the ground to support the health, safety, and well-being of people with mental health conditions. The AMHCA team is so proud to be working for you knowing during this crisis, as you are on the frontlines providing critically important treatments and services to vulnerable Americans who suffer from an array of conditions such as depressive, anxiety, panic, PTS, trauma-related, and other mental health disorders. We will continue to update our site with information as soon as we get it. Please also look for a new Coronavirus-edition of our newsletter that is coming out every two weeks with the latest updates.
President Signs Landmark Bill Opening the Federal Government to Mental Health Counselors
On October 17, 2020, President Trump signed S. 785, which mandates the creation of a federal government classification for mental health counselors and pressures the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase its hiring of the profession. AMHCA is very proud of its leadership role in this tremendous success for the counseling profession. Passage of S. 785 is the most significant legislative accomplishment for mental health counselors since legislation to add the profession to the Minority Fellowship Program in 2011.
AMHCA Legislative Affairs consultant, David Bergman, posted an update in the AMHCA community today.
The NCMHCE: Purpose, Preparation and (No) Panic (GSEP Webinar Series)
Oct 30, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)
Please note - space is limited so we encourage you to allow students and recent graduates the opportunity to sign up first. The presentation will be recorded and made available on our site for our members to view.
Presented by Francesca Giordano Ph.D., LCPC
Current AMHCA Student and Professional Associate Members: FREECurrent AMHCA Members in Other Categories: $10Non-Members: $20
2021 Conference Updates
Viva Las AMHCA! Early Bird is OPEN!
We are headed to Vegas for AMHCA's Annual Conference Wednesday, June 23 - Friday, June 25, 2021
Early bird is open and we are anticipating our call for proposals to come out in the next month or two. Join colleagues in Vegas next year at the LINQ for empowering sessions and energizing fellowship. This year’s theme is UNITE! Recognize. Reframe. Restore.
Interested in Serving on the Conference Planning Committee?
The 2021 AMHCA Annual Conference call for proposals is open and we want to hear from you! This year’s theme is UNITE! Recognize. Reframe. Restore. We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal to present at this year’s conference. This is an excellent opportunity to share your expertise with colleagues from across the country.
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Woodson, AMHCA’s Director of Events, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-548-6002 x108.
Call for Posters
2020 Fall Virtual Summit: Integrating Cultural Competency Skills Into Your Practice
Register to attend AMHCA's 2020 Fall Virtual Summit!
The 2020 AMHCA Fall Summit on “Integrating Cultural Competency Skills Into Your Practice” will provide several presentations on better understanding the origins and dynamics of cultural diversity, and how to address several problems through cultural humility, cultural opportunities, and cultural comfort into your daily practice. You will learn hands-on strategies for increasing multi-cultural competencies in your work with clients and improving your overall counseling effectiveness.
The Advocate Magazine: Special Focus on Diversity & Justice
with guest editors Angele Moss-Baker and Dr. Beverly Smith
Member Reflections: CMHCs can help Black clients through pain and suffering -by Napoleon HarringtonCounseling Tips: Improving cultural competence for behavioral health professionalsPromoting Sanity in Insane Times -by Dr. Courtland LeeFacilitating Difficult Conversations About Power, Race, and Privilege -by Dr. Fredrick B. DombrowskiMicroaggressions as a Mental Health Concern. What is our role? -by Dr. Elisa NilesPolice Violence, Racial Injustice, and Police Burnout in the Aftermath of George Floyd's Death -by Dr. Norman Hoffman, Ekom Essien and Aaron Norton
Inside AMHCACongress Passes Historic Mental Health Counseling Medicare LegislationDiversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Owning Our Voice, Sharing Our VoiceMental Health Disorders Are Soaring Dramatically This Year: AMHCA Releases New "Beyond a Perfect Storm Report Documenting the TrendLicensure Portability-A Path ForwardAttend a Monthly Neuroscience Webinar
PlusFrom the President's Perspective: We're Energized, Empowered, Unified!From AMHCA's Executive Director/CEO: Making America Mentally Healthy
AMHCA released a report on the number of Americans reporting mental health distress over the last few months.
AMHCA released a major report yesterday on the number of Americans reporting mental health distress over the last few months. Please see our new study – Beyond the Perfect Storm – How Racism, Covid-19, and Economic Meltdown Imperil Our Mental Health – and our press release on the study.
Based on the AMHCA report, nearly 41 percent of adults nationally are reporting that they are suffering from a mental health disorder -- or about 103 million adults in the U.S.
2020 AMHCA Standards for the Practice of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The 'AMHCA Standards' bridge professional expectations with clinical practice. "AMHCA Standards" is a living document that is updated on a continuing basis by AMHCA's Advancement for Clinical Practice Committee to meet the needs of the public and the profession. In addition to standards of practice, it includes training and supervision standards. Download the revised 2020 edition for free at AMHCA.org.
2020 AMHCA Code of Ethics
The "AMHCA Code" is an essential component of practicing clinical mental health counseling with professionalism and integrity. While ethical guidance for the practice of clinical mental health counseling is its primary purpose, it is also intended to prompt pondering about ethical thinking and practice. Download the revised 2020 edition and see our other great ethics resources for free at AMHCA.org.
AMHCA Practice Guidelines
AMHCA Practice Guidelines provide technical assistance, identify best practices and highlight lessons learned on successful positioning strategies for practitioners on a range of areas related to the delivery and financing of mental health services in the era of health care reform and implications on clinical practice.
Declaring with Pride the Fundamental Values Held by Clinical Mental Health Counselors
The Declaration serves as a concise public statement of professional standards, values, and ideals. It is a voluntary pronouncement. If you desire, you are encouraged to display The Declaration in your office. It may also be used at graduations or for other appropriate occasions.
Chapter News and Events
Chapter Leaders: List your chapter event on AMHCA.org!
Widen your audience to the entire AMHCA membership! Register your event with AMHCA and have it listed on our calendar.
2020 Fall Leadership Training: Improving AMHCA State Chapter Organizational Effectiveness
Register to attend AMHCA's 2020 Fall Leadership Training!
The 2020 AMHCA Fall Leadership Training on “Improving AMHCA State Chapter Organizational Effectiveness” will provide a deep dive into advocacy, membership and strategic planning. You will learn hands-on strategies and have regional breakouts. All those already registered for our 2021 Leadership will receive a complimentary registration to the Fall training.
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