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



AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS)

Next Diplomate cycle to begin in Spring of 2015!

AMHCA is the first association to recognize both advanced practice and professional clinical expertise in clinical mental health counseling. Increasingly, both the public and insurance providers are looking for qualified clinical mental health counselors who have acquired cutting-edge training and clinical abilities. Advanced practice clinical counselors with specialist skills are in increasing demand.

The AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist credential was developed over the course of two years and was approved by the AMHCA Board of Directors. This credential will not only enhance the stature of individual clinical mental health counselors but also will increase the prominence of our profession.

AMHCA clinical membership is a requirement for the DCMHS credential.
Not a member? Join AMHCA online now.

The application process is managed online and does not require any paper submissions. As an applicant, you will have a secure login and can complete the application at your own pace. This login will be new; your AMHCA website username and password will not work on the Diplomate application site.


Application fees are paid by calling the AMHCA office at 1-800-326-2642 x103 or x104.
All fees must be paid prior to submitting the application.

Initial application and one specialist area: $195.00
Each additional specialist area (if filed at the same time): $95.00

All application fees are non-refundable in the event that the AMHCA Diplomate is not awarded.

Candidates who meet all of the AMHCA Diplomate requirements will be notified via e-mail. They will receive a certificate; framing is available at an additional cost.

Candidates who do not meet the requirements to be awarded the AMHCA Diplomate will have six months to submit additional documents. The additional review requires an added fee of $50.00.