The AMHP Blog Post Archive

Chapters 2023 and 2024

By Kathleen Mills | December 11, 2023 |
Chapters 2023 and 2024

2023 has been an eventful year for us here at AMHP. We’ll end the year with a membership total twice what we expected it to be back on Jan 1. Thank you. We produced a lot of content we’re very proud of and we had a very successful first annual conference in October. We attribute that success to both you, our members, and our God who has guided our hand in whatever we may have done to contribute to the outcomes that He wants. Chapters 2023 and 2024 Phillip and I believe 2024 is going to be a watershed year for America. A very tough, cross-roads year. Inflation is the worst it has been since the late ’70’s (the actual…

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Give Yourself Some Credit and Sleep Better

By Kathleen Mills | December 6, 2023 |
Give Yourself Some Credit and Sleep Better

One of the many benefits of belonging to AMHP is our list of partner programs which you may find here. We’re very happy to officially launch one of them today and I’d like to share with you a bit about it and why we think you’ll be very happy should you decide to partner with them. Give Yourself Some Credit Impulse Payments by Deluxe is a credit card processing system based in the Dallas-Ft Worth metroplex with offices all over the US. I met these people several years ago, made the switch at Life Tree Counseling and have never looked back. What Am I Looking For? There are two primary benefits you want out of a credit card processing partner…

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Controversial is Not Political

By Phillip Crum | November 14, 2023 |
Controversial is Not Political

“It’s too political!” I’ve heard this comment several times in the past few weeks in relation to the civil discussion of ideas and it gave me pause to consider its usage. Controversial is Not Political First, I’m not convinced there is any such thing as “too political”. What does that even mean? Can something be too Republican? Too Democrat? Too conservative or too liberal? I acknowledge that those terms are linked to ideology spectrums of thought but it’s not possible to abide in a spectral segment and exceed the label. A large segment of society that is uncomfortable discussing conflicting ideas, or does not want them discussed, is using the word, “political”, when they should be using, “controversial”. And of…

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Did You See This Ad About Hate Comments?

By Phillip Crum | November 8, 2023 |
Did You See This Ad About Hate Comments?

The propaganda machine is never very far behind a crisis, is it! Less than two weeks ago, as of this writing, the Hamas-Israel conflict began and last night during Game 3 of the World Series I had to endure a commercial about how hate comments against Jews have increased a bazillion percent since the conflict began. Let me be clear, I have no issue at all with the Jewish people, people who know Jewish people, people who work for or used to work for Jewish people or people who couldn’t find Jerusalem on a map if I circled it for them and highlighted it yellow. I do have a problem with the propaganda brought into my living room under the…

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How to Deal With Woke

By Phillip Crum | October 30, 2023 |
How to Deal with Woke

The fight in our world today is not about USA vs China or Russia, left vs right, Democrat vs Republican, or black vs white. It’s quite simply a good vs evil, winner take all world event. It is a spiritual battle that has been raging for centuries and manifests in this very real form of social presence they call “Woke”. It’s going to get worse if we don’t do our part to resist and fight back. The good news is you don’t have to be the next Joe Rogan, Elon Musk, or Russel Brand. You get to be you and hold firm to your half-acre that constitutes your home and office where you spend most of your time. You can…

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The Four Horsemen of Holistic Mental Healthcare

By Kathleen Mills | October 25, 2023 |
The Four Horsemen of Holistic Mental Healthcare

A client’s introduction to your holistic approach to mental healthcare should begin the very first time they visit your website. We’ll discuss that in-depth in another article. The very first live encounter a client has with your holistic approach to mental healthcare should be in your intake packet. I’m going to suggest that you include (4) questions and that you should ask, requesting detailed answers to each one to be discussed in your first session with the client. The Holistic Counselor’s Treatment Mantra Two things you should know, memorize and think about: 1. “The body, mind, and spirit are all connected.“ This statement is seismic in its implications for the mental health community. If accurate it demands a whole-body approach…

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What’s In A Word: Affirming

By Kathleen Mills | October 4, 2023 |
What's In A Word: Affirming

The word “affirming” is being used a lot these days particularly in the phrase, “affirming care”. Before we consider what type of care we are affirming, or unpack the word itself, we need to consider some ethical basics. What is the main role of a counselor? Should it come from a “Do no harm” mindset?, or from something or somewhere else? Is it to help a client think through their issues and come to a resolution based on accepted cultural, professional, and medical norms?, or from somewhere or something else? I think a great many counselors would agree that we should come from a “do no harm” mindset. Once that is established then everything else would seem to be a…

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Inflation and Your Counseling Practice

By Kathleen Mills | September 19, 2023 |
Inflation and Your Counseling Practice

I want you to think for a moment about the economy at large and what you’re charging in your practice. We’ve always recommended, and still do, that a practice should be accepting clients from a number of sources (hedging your bets) but we’d like to make that case again in light of the current economic climate. Let’s paint the background first then we’ll jump in to your business options. Framing the Problem The Federal Reserve creates the problem by printing too much worthless money. Then when things (prices) get out of control they raise interest rates to try and reign it in but that tends to slow (or cripple) economic growth. That leaves us with the dual problem of ever-escalating…

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