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AMHCA Diplomate Credential
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The American Mental Health Counselors Association welcomes you as an applicant.

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

The AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist credential was developed three years ago by the AMHCA Board of Directors, who continue to oversee the selection process. We believe this credential will enhance the stature of individual clinical mental health counselors and in turn, will increase the prominence of our profession.

The Fall 2016 cycle has closed. The Spring 2017 application cycle begins April 3, 2017.


AMHCA clinical membership is a requirement for the Diplomate credential.

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 Specialist areas include (click on each specialty for more information):



To achieve the AMHCA Diplomate credential, an individual must meet specific criteria. View the complete list of requirements and specific instructions here



Application Fees

Application fees are paid online at the end of your application. All fees must be paid in order for your application to be reviewed.

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 chosen by the selection commitee and notified. They will receive a plaque and certificate either by mail or at the AMHCA Annual Conference Awards Luncheon.



The AMHCA Diplomate Selection Committee reserves the right to deny awarding the credential.

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