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CMHC stands for clinical mental health counseling. Clinical mental health counseling is a distinct profession with national standards for education, training and clinical practice. Clinical mental health counselors are highly-skilled professionals who provide flexible, consumer-oriented therapy. They combine traditional psychotherapy with a practical, problem-solving approach that creates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution.
Different states have difference titles for their counselors. Below are some common ones that you will find.
The American Counseling Association has a broad focus on all counselors regardless of their specialty. This can mean rehabilitation counselors, school counselors, employment counseling, and many more. The American Mental Health Counselors Association focuses all of its efforts on just clinical mental health counselors and educators. All of our advocacy, continuing education and research is entirely about clinical mental health counseling. Read a history of AMHCA here.
You can join AMHCA on our website. Scroll over the “MEMBERSHIP” header at the top of our site, then click on “Join/Renew” or just click here.
AMHCA members receive benefits like lower member only rates on professional liability insurance plans, the opportunity to earn continuing education credits, networking opportunities, a free copy of our digital monthly e-newsletter, the Advocate, and access to the quarterly Journal of Mental Health Counseling.
If you are a registered AMHCA member, click on the “Forgot username/password” link under the login box at the top of our pages. An e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you registered with prompting next steps.
AMHCA offers a plethora of opportunities including being connected to a network of individuals who care about the clinical mental health counseling profession and the ability to become involved in advocating and lobbying for your profession. AMHCA Student Section has useful listings, links, and general information to assist your academic and professional activities. And, if you get involved with the Graduate Student Committee, you've got a great resume builder!
Graduate Student Liability Insurance
Professional liability insurance covers the insured for amounts up to the limits of liability that insureds become legally obligated to pay as a result of a claim for negligent acts, errors or omissions arising out of a covered incident. Download our Roadmap to Coverage for more information.
CPH & Associates is an industry-leading provider of Professional Liability Insurance for allied health and mental health professionals nationwide. With coverage options for students, provisionally licensed counselors, fully licensed professionals, and business entities, CPH is proud to be the exclusively endorsed Professional Liability Insurance partner for the AMHCA. As a benefit of membership with AMHCA, student members receive free Professional Liability Insurance through CPH. Learn more about our insurance coverage highlights and program benefits at www.cphins.com.
You will now self-enroll through the CPH & Associates AMHCA Student Portal, to receive your proof of coverage (certificate of insurance) immediately. You will be receiving an email from us within 24 business hours after signing up with instructions for setting up your complimentary liability insurance policy. If you need immediate assistance, please call our Membership department at 800-326-2642 x108.
Coverage is available to AMHCA student members solely while performing counseling services related to their Master’s degree or Doctoral degree curriculum. Coverage terminates when the student graduates from the program, or their AMHCA membership is terminated. The AMHCA membership expiration date is the policy expiration date. To continue coverage, it is vital that you renew your AMHCA membership and indicate that you wish to renew your coverage before your expiration date.
The AMHCA student policy is designed to provide registered AMHCA students with professional liability protection while performing therapeutic services (e.g. practicum) related to their counseling curriculum. This policy will pay for defense against covered claims and provide professional liability limits up to $1,000,000 per claim, and a $3,000,000 annual aggregate.
AMHCA student members are eligible for coverage when they are enrolled and engaged in Master’s degree, or Doctoral degree counseling at a post secondary institution. Coverage is available to AMHCA student members solely while performing therapy or counseling services related to such a curriculum.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors, or other licensed professionals, are not eligible for coverage under this policy. Neither are those who are Post Masters or Post Doctoral working under supervision towards a license. If proof of coverage has been received by an ineligible AMHCA student member in error, there is no coverage afforded to that member under this policy. AMHCA recommends contacting CPH and Associates for professional liability insurance at www.cphins.com.
In the event of a situation that could lead to a claim or suit, please contact CPH and Associations at 800-875-1911.
Coverage under the AMHCA Student policy terminates on the date you graduated from a masters or doctoral program. CPH and Associates offers Post-masters and Post-doctoral coverage at a discounted rate. Visit www.cphins.com to upgrade your policy, or call 800-875-1911.
The AMHCA student policy is written on an occurrence form. An occurrence policy provides lifetime coverage for the policy period. Therefore if a claim or suit is alleged for dates of treatment arising during the policy, the insured is covered up to the limits of liability regardless of when the claim is reported.
Our Annual Conference is held every year in July. You can find out information on our Annual Conference, by clicking on the “CONFERENCE” link at the top of our main page. Our 2017 Annual Conference will be held July 27-29, 2017 in Washington, DC at the Mayflower Hotel.
You can earn CEUs with AMHCA though our webinars. You can also check our website for other new opportunities to earn CEUs.
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Check with your State's certification board to find out what exactly is required in your State.
CACREP stands for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. They promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. They are the accrediting body of counseling programs in colleges and universities in the United States. They are committed to developing standards for preparing practitioners, encouraging the excellence of a program and the accreditation of professional preparation programs.
You can find a list of all CACREP certified colleges and universities on CACREP’s website, here: http://www.cacrep.org/directory/.
The NCE is the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification. The NCMHCE is that National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination. For more information on these two exams visit www.nbcc.org.
State counselor licensure boards contract with NBCC to use one or both of these examinations.
The choice is completely yours: State counselor licensure boards contract with NBCC to use one or both of these examinations. The NCE is taken most often by final year graduate students, in the pursuit of becoming a National Certified Counselor. Many of your peers nationwide seek this credential, but it is by no means a requirement of the field per se. If you choose to take it, most likely your program has a person designated as the ‘NBCC Campus Coordinator'. Ask your Advisor who this person is. If you are no longer a student, you may contact NBCC directly at www.nbcc.org.
Click here to find out what our Journal is about and how to get published.