American Mental Health Counselors Association
The only organization working exclusively for the mental health counseling profession


The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is a growing community of more than 7,000 clinical mental health counselors. Together, we make a critical impact on the lives of Americans. AMHCA succeeds in giving a voice to our profession nationwide and in helping to serve you and your colleagues in your state.
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Our Mission

To enhance the profession of clinical mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development.

Our Vision

To be the national organization representing licensed clinical mental health counselors and state chapters, with consistent standards of education, training, licensing, practice, advocacy and ethics.

Our Guiding Principles

AMHCA members are dedicated to the principles in our Code of Ethics. As our profession and the needs of our clients change, a committee of knowledgeable, experienced professionals updates the code. Read the code online or Download a PDF or purchase a printed copy of the code

Our Leaders...and You

Build your leadership skills as part of AMHCA’s volunteer structure at the national and state chapter levels.
You’ll find committee chairs, state chapter leaders and other officers in our annual Leadership Directory.
To volunteer for committee service, contact the appropriate committee chair or state chapter president.

State Counselor Licensure and Certification Boards

Use this complete list of state boards to locate your state board, get contact information, and link directly to their web site.

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