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AMHCA Election: Candidate for North Atlantic Region Director
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AMHCA ELECTON: Candidate for North Atlantic Region Director


Camille A. Clay, EdD, LPC

Education and Certifications
  • I was the first professional counselor licensed in the District of Columbia
  • EdD, Counseling and Human Development, George Washington University
  • Two-year Postgraduate Certificate, Group Therapy and Group Work, Psychiatric Institute Foundation 


Recent Professional Experience
  • Adjunct professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at UDC
  • Co-authored chapter in “International Case Studies in Mental Health” (publication date: spring 2012)
  • Selected to participate in DSM-5 field trials
  • Mental health counselor (LPC) in private practice, since 1983
  • Chair, D.C. Professional Counseling Licensure Board (1993–2006)
  • Assistant vice president for diversity, Towson University (1986–2004)
  • Senior counselor, Towson University (1978–1986)

Association Experience

I have been a member of AMHCA and the DC Mental Health Counselors Association (DCMHCA) since the 1980s. I was DCMHCA president from 1987–1988, and again in 2005–2006. I was a member and later chaired the licensure committee in the 1980s and early 90s. Since 2006, I have served as treasurer of DCMHCA. This year I have led the steering committee to re-vitalize the DC chapter. We are making progress.

In AMCHA I have served on the Ethics Committee, and on the Conference Planning Committees. Currently I am the AMHCA representative to the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB). Additionally, I serve on both AMHCA’s and ACA’s DSM-5 task forces.

Recent Presentations

I have presented on the DSM-5 changes as a panelist at AMHCA and ACA conferences as well as  on “Designing and Implementing Supervisor Standards: A Working Group,” at the 2012 AASCB Conference.



Being AMHCA North Atlantic Region director has been an exceptional learning experience. I have met and worked with committed, capable colleagues. I have begun to develop a much better understanding of the needs of the chapters in the region and the similarities and differences among them. I have a better sense of the resources within and among us, and how to make effective use of those resources.

As promised, I’ve been guided by my four ‘C’ principles of organizational work: Continuity, Community, Communication, and Collaboration. I Continued initiatives put in place by previous directors, particularly inCommunication. I believe chapter leaders have begun to use Communication mechanisms to share their successes and misses with each other. We are on our way to becoming the problem-solving, supportive, sharing Community of chapters I envisioned. I want to continue increasing and improving Communication among the chapters, and when necessary, between chapters and national. Collaboratively, we can address the issues of membership and leadership development as well as other issues that arise.

Like many aspects of society these days, our profession is going through many changes—technological, financial, regulatory, and social. My unique background, experiences, and perspectives enable me to make a valuable contribution to the AMHCA leadership team.

If re-elected North Atlantic Region director, I intend to calmly, competently, and creatively speak to the needs of our multifaceted region, fulfill the roles and responsibilities of the position, and serve the purposes and goals of AMHCA.

In Spring Election, Voters Will Use Electronic Ballots

Voting in the annual AMHCA election this spring will be by electronic ballots rather than paper ballots for the first time. 

Here’s how voting electronically will work:

Everyone eligible to vote in AMHCA’s election will receive an email from 
Intelliscan in March that will include a link to a personalized ballot. 

To vote, simply click the link within the email to open your ballot, which will include your name and the races you are eligible to vote on. The ballot will include a link to the candidates’ statements and photos, which also appear online. After indicating the candidate you prefer for each race, you may review your choices before clicking “submit” to cast your ballot electronically.

Voting will be open from March 19 through April 20. Members who do not wish to vote electronically may request a paper ballot.