MaMHCA’s 27th Annual Conference Receives Rave Reviews!
MaMHCA’s 27th Annual Conference held November 2, 2013, at the Westin Waltham, featured Gary Gintner, Ph.D., LPC, presenting: DSM-5: A Users Guide, was attended by 120 LMHCs, and received rave reviews for its extremely interesting, well organized, and comprehensive review of the new DSM-5.
Dr. Gintner covered the changes between DSM IV-TR and DSM-5, providing an overview of the DSM-5 manual’s new organization and other innovations such as spectrum disorders and the underlying conceptual and researched-based underpinnings of the new system. He highlighted the new, significant diagnostic clusters that reflect the diagnostic categories that cohere together based in research findings of the past 10 years.
Gary G. Gintner, Ph.D., LPC is an Associate Professor and Program Leader of the Counseling Program at Louisiana State University. He has published numerous articles on topics such as differential diagnosis, mood disorders, substance abuse and best practices for the treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders. He is a nationally recognized trainer on the DSM and best practice guidelines. His thirty years of clinical experience includes inpatient care, substance abuse counseling, and outpatient mental health. He served as the 2007-2008 President of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and is currently the DSM-5 Task Force Chair for AMHCA.
Dr. Gintner will soon have a version of this presentation as an on-line course and MaMHCA will be adding this to our Home Study Offerings.
MaMHCA’s Silent Auction Achieves New Heights raising close to $1000.00 in support of the Haberman Williams MaMHCA Scholarship Fund. That supports one entire scholarship award to a graduate student! Thankfully, the Red Sox won the World Series and the Red Sox donation of a baseball autographed by Clay Buchholtz went for $300.00
MaMHCA’s Lifetime Achievement Awardwas presented to Ronald J. Wozniak, SJ, LMHC, for his 30 years of service on the MaMHCA Board, and to the LMHC and mental health communities. Ron has served on the MaMHCA Board in some capacity from 1983-2013!
He was an early Membership Committee Chair (1983-1994), and many of us old timers remember the very friendly renewal-postcards we got from Ron- and with a handwritten note, too. He served on MaMHCA’s MMCEP review committee, first helping to refine the MMCEP Guidelines, reviewing applications for approval from CE providers, and then as trainer for new committee mebers.
Significantly, Ron served as one of two LMHC representatives on the Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions from 2004 – 2012.
He was a faculty presenter at our Supervision Training Program 3 core courses, providing information from the licensing board.
He also became MaMHCA’s archivist, making digital records of all our newsletters; and, he was our copy editor extraordinaire for MaMHCA Board meeting minutes.
Ron has been a wonderful, knowledgeable colleague and friend who deserves thanks from every mental health counselor in this state; and who will be deeply missed…….unless we can keep dragging him back here.