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Specialist in Couples or Family Counseling

The AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Family or Couples Counseling, establishes a clinical mental health counselor standard that demonstrates qualifying expertise in assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment, and effectual treatment evaluation. This standard enhances the services in treating family or couples-related issues, and augments the credibility of the clinical mental health counselor in working with other specialists, state agencies, and third-party payers.

Candidates for this AMHCA Diplomate Specialist are required to be knowledgeable with the distinctive ethics and standards of practice in the treatment of families or couples. Counselors must be committed to comply with legal, ethical, and practice standards related to this work: e.g. consent to treat, confidentiality; mandated reporting, appropriate treatment facilities; referral relationships; etc.

By truthfully answering the questions on this application, I attest that I have met the requirements to be considered for an AMHCA Diplomate Specialist in Family or Couples Counseling.

 

Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling

The AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling, establishes a clinical mental health counselor standard that demonstrates qualifying expertise in assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment, and effectual treatment evaluation. This standard enhances the services in treating child or adolescent issues, and augments the credibility of the clinical mental health counselor in working with other specialists, state agencies, and third-party payers.

Candidates for this AMHCA Diplomate Specialist are required to be knowledgeable with the distinctive ethics and standards of practice in the treatment of children and adolescents. Counselors must be committed to comply with legal, ethical, and practice standards related to this work: e.g. consent to treat, custody issues, limited confidentiality; mandated reporting, appropriate treatment facilities; referral relationships; etc.

By truthfully answering the questions on this application, I attest that I have met the requirements to be considered for an AMHCA Diplomate Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling.

 

Specialist in Trauma Counseling

The AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Trauma Counseling, establishes a clinical mental health counselor standard that demonstrates qualifying expertise in assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment, and effectual treatment evaluation. This standard enhances the services in treating trauma related issues, and augments the credibility of the clinical mental health counselor in working with other specialists, state agencies, and third-party payers.

Candidates for this AMHCA Diplomate Specialist are required to be knowledgeable with the distinctive ethics and standards of practice in the treatment of trauma. Counselors must be committed to comply with legal, ethical, and practice standards related to this work: e.g. consent to treat, confidentiality; mandated reporting, appropriate treatment facilities; referral relationships; etc.

By truthfully answering the questions on this application, I attest that I have met the requirements to be considered for an AMHCA Diplomate Specialist in Trauma Counseling.

 

Specialist in Developmental Disability Counseling

The AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Developmental Disability Counseling, establishes a clinical mental health counselor standard that demonstrates qualifying expertise with this population. This standard enhances the services for people with developmental disabilities, and augments the credibility of the clinical mental health counselor in working with other specialists, state agencies, and third-party payers.

Candidates for this AMHCA Diplomate Specialist are required to be knowledgeable with the distinctive ethics and standards of practice in the treatment of people with developmental disabilities. Counselors must be committed to comply with legal, ethical, and practice standards related to this work: e.g. promotion of positive support networks, community inclusion and least restrictive environments; interdisciplinary collaboration; behavioral treatment models; adaptive equipment and environmental needs; assessment of co-occurring mental disorders; psychopharmacology, etc.

By truthfully answering the questions on this application, I attest that I have met the requirements to be considered for an AMHCA Diplomate Specialist in Developmental Disability Counseling.

 

Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders

The AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders Counseling, establishes a clinical mental health counselor standard that demonstrates qualifying expertise in assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment, and effectual treatment evaluation. This standard enhances the services in treating substance abuse and related issues, and augments the credibility of the clinical mental health counselor in working with other specialists, state agencies, and third-party payers.

Candidates for this AMHCA Diplomate Specialist are required to be knowledgeable with the distinctive ethics and standards of practice in the treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Counselors must be committed to comply with legal, ethical, and practice standards related to this work: e.g. consent to treat, confidentiality; mandated reporting, appropriate treatment facilities; referral relationships; etc.

By truthfully answering the questions on this application, I attest that I have met the requirements to be considered for an AMHCA Diplomate Specialist in Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders Counseling.

 

Specialist in Geriatric Counseling

There is a longstanding need for increased mental health services, and service providers, in the area of clinical mental health counseling for people at the mature end of the age spectrum. Symptoms of this population can include depression, anger, withdrawal, drug and alcohol abuse, marital problems, and a wide variety of other disorders including some personality disorders. It is clear that the treatment needs of the geriatric population are best met with providers who demonstrate specific qualifications in this area.

The AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Geriatric Counseling establishes a clinical mental health counselor standard that demonstrates qualifying expertise with this population. Treatment must be based on evidenced based approaches that offer symptom alleviation. This standard enhances the dedicated, high quality of services for people of advanced age, and enriches the profession and status of the mental health counselor as we work with other specialists, state agencies, and third party payers.

Candidates for this AMHCA Diplomate are required to be knowledgeable with the distinctive ethics and standards of practice in the treatment of geriatric clients. Counselors must be committed to comply with the legal, ethical, and practice standards related to this work: e.g. consent to treat, confidentiality; mandated reporting; appropriate treatment facilities; referral relationships; etc.

 
Specialist in Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling

The AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling, establishes the clinical mental health counseling knowledge and skills necessary to support and integrate with medical services. Integrated health care is the systematic coordination of behavioral health care with primary medical services. In order to achieve comprehensive patient health outcomes, Clinical Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs) with this AMHCA Diplomate specialization use their unique perspective of treatment as well as prevention, wellness, and personal growth to coordinate care with medical providers and other health care professionals.

These qualified CMHCs partner with medical professionals and employ their behavioral health skills to reduce the high rates of comorbidity and mortality experienced by individuals with mental disorders. This medical and behavioral health care alliance improves services for patients by treating coexisting physiological and mental health related issues. Working as members of multi-disciplinary treatment teams, CMHC specialists provide holistic behavioral health interventions in order to alleviate emotional and mental distress as well as increase physical health and wellness. CMHCs who earn the AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Integrated Behavioral Health Care Counseling possess the knowledge and skills to work with medical providers, other health professionals, state agencies, and third-party payers to ensure superior patient health care outcomes.

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