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National Mental Health Counselors Week to be Held May 3-9, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015  
Posted by: Whitney Meyerhoeffer
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National Mental Health Counseling Week to be Held May 3 – 9, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is excited to announce that National Mental Health Counseling Week will be observed May 3 – 9, 2015 and will focus on Excellence in Practice. Each year AMHCA sponsors this week to shine light on the field of mental health counseling, what it is and how it helps the public.

What makes a great counselor? How do you know that the tools you are using with your clients are effective? What is counseling and how can a counselor help me?
Through a set group of standards and ethics for mental health counselors, AMHCA is dedicated to training and cultivating excellent practitioners. This year we want to break through walls of stigma and show how excellent mental health counselors change lives and improve mental health.

This national event increases mental health awareness, promotes recognition of state chapters and AMHCA, and supports the mental health counseling profession as a whole. Increasing and promoting mental health education, prevention, and intervention, into our communities and daily life activities, will positively impact personal well-being as well as benefit society.

Mental health counseling is provided along a continuum of care from educational and preventative services to diagnosis and treatment, to long term care. Mental health counselors help individuals and families with problem solving; personal, social and career development; decision making; and self-understanding.

If you or someone you know needs counseling, look for a licensed or certified counselor online, in the yellow pages or call the Nation Alliance on Mental Illness hotline (800-950-6264) to talk to someone immediately.

The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) works to enhance the profession of mental health counseling through advocacy, education, licensure, and professional development.

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