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Diplomate Features Streamlined Application Process

The new AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist (DCMHS) launched in March and has received a terrific response from members. The application is completed entirely online. The only document that applicants must attach with their application is their resume or CV.

To qualify for the AMHCA DCMHS credential, members are required to: 

  1. Review the requirements listed online,
  2. Select one or more areas of specialization, 
  3. Prior to submitting the application, submit application fees to AMHCA by calling the office at: 1-800-326-2642, x104 or x103, and 
  4. Complete and submit the online application 

Professional development requirements are met by completing the online application. Each applicant must attach a resume or CV to his or her application as a Microsoft Word document that confirms that all of the application requirements have been achieved. 

Though no documents besides the resume or CV need to be submitted, applicants must possess documentation that attests to their qualifications (e.g. university transcripts, copies of professional licenses, continuing education hours certificates, training certificates, etc.), or a signed statement by a supervisor or peer that the requirement was met. 

Copies of this documentation must be made available to AMHCA only if requested. The submitted online application is the applicant’s certification that all information in the application is true and accurate. 

  • Deadline: June 1 is the submission deadline in order to be recognized at the Annual Conference this summer in Orlando, July 19-21.
  • Instructions and info about Diplomate requirements
  • Application for the Diplomate credential

You can also access info on the Diplomate via the homepage. Just click the purple button.

Free Webinar on Career Decisions Draws Strong Interest

Nearly 150 AMHCA members participated in the free, one-hour webinar offered by AMHCA and the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) on April 4. 

The interactive presentation, “Leveraging Data to Promote Informed Career Decision-Making” was presented by Sage Solutions President Janet E. Wall, EdD, CDFI, MCDP. Wall has worked at the federal, state, and school district levels in the areas of assessment, evaluation, and career development. Her work has spanned the public and private sectors from the Pre-K level through executive development.

In addition to providing references to numerous websites with information and statistics about the fastest growing and declining occupations and industries through 2020, Wall provided examples of the data mental health counselors can use to help clients make data-informed career decisions:

  • Industries and occupations related to healthcare, personal care and social assistance, and construction are projected to have the fastest job growth between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Despite rapid projected growth, construction is not expected to regain all of the jobs lost during the 2007–2009 recession.
  • In occupations in which a master’s degree is typically needed for entry, employment is expected to grow by 21.7 percent—faster than the growth rate for any other education category.
  • In occupations in which apprenticeship is the typical on-the-job training, employment is expected to grow by 22.5 percent, faster than for any other on-the-job training category.
  • Two-thirds of the 30 occupations projected to have the largest number of new jobs typically require less than a postsecondary education, no related work experience, and short-or moderate-term on-the-job training.

The webinar also gave participants information on how to:

  • Review the kinds of data pertinent to career development professionals,
  • Find occupations with a bright outlook in the U.S. economy, and
  • Match those occupations to client interests.

Those who completed the webinar earned 1 CE contact hour from the National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates (NBCC).

Wall’s consulting firm specializes in assessment, career and workforce development, labor market information, occupations, and training. She authored the ASVAB Career Exploration Program for the Department of Defense and is a certified career development facilitator for the National Career Development Association.

“We are pleased to partner with ASCA to give our members access to this new educational tool and valuable knowledge for assisting their clients,” said W. Mark Hamilton, PhD, AMHCA executive director and CEO.

Listen to a recording of the webinar, or view the PowerPoint slides presented in the webinar . Note that access to the webinar requires a member log-in.

Counseling Profession Will Be Among the Fastest Growing Through 2020

If you are a practicing mental health counselor or a counseling student about to enter the profession, you’re in a fortuitous spot. The profession is poised on the cusp of big growth, according to employment projections developed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released Feb. 1, 2012. 

“Employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 36 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of marriage and family therapists is expected to grow by 41 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. [See the BLS Table 7 for ranking and comparison of the counseling profession to other top growing professions, or check out a formatted version of the same table in the PDF of this issue that has excerpts of the data from BLS Table 7.

“Growth is expected as the overall population grows and as insurance companies increasingly provide for reimbursement of counselors and marriage and family therapists as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists,” according to the BLS.

See some quick facts about your profession from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook for Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists. See the “Contacts for More Information” page of the BLS Occupational Outlook Handook —AMHCA is listed first!. For information about the education, work experience, and on-the-job training categories assigned to occupations, click here.

Nominate Yourself, a Peer, or a State Chapter for a 2012 AMHCA Award

Every year, AMHCA bestows awards on several individuals and AMHCA state chapters at the Annual Conference in July. Award nominations are due on Friday, May 18.