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Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA): Fifth Annual MMHCA conference offered lively sessions in a beautiful setting.

Held Sept. 22-24 in the resort area of Lake of the Ozarks, MMHCA's

Fifth Annual Conference featured a number of excellent programs on the theme, "Collaboration: Working Together and Learning from Each Other."

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MMHCA President Marsha Andreoff kicked off the conference Thursday evening. AMHCA 2011-2012 President Gray Otis, PhD, LPC, CCMHC, delivered the conference opening address on, "Transformational Belief, A Fundamental Paradigm for Counselors."

"As the president of AMHCA," Otis said later, "it was a real pleasure to meet with many outstanding professionals and to discuss a number of topics with them."

Of special note, Missouri has a very active legislative affairs effort. MMHCA is moving forward to adopt updated educational standards that reflect the national trend of requiring the equivalent of 60 semester hours in a master's degree for future licensing.

Also of interest, the MMHCA graduate students are generating a real enthusiasm for bringing together students from all over the state in a number of initiatives.

"The energy of the MMHCA conference was contagious and really demonstrates why this chapter was recognized at our San Francisco conference as truly outstanding," said Otis, referring to the Missouri chapter being named winner of AMHCA's 2010-2011 Outstanding State Chapter Award.

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Title Annotation:Chapter News: Missouri
Publication:The Advocate (American Mental Health Counselors Association)
Article Type:Conference notes
Geographic Code:1U4MO
Date:Nov 1, 2011
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