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Profession

What is a CMHC?

What do all those acronyms mean?

What is the difference between ACA and AMHCA?

 

 

Membership

How do I join AMHCA?

What benefits do I receive as a member?

I forgot my username and password.

Why is it beneficial for me to become an AMHCA member now, while I'm still in school?

 

 

Graduate Student Liability Insurance

What is professional liability insurance?

How do I know I'm covered?

When am I covered?

What coverage does the policy provide? What activities does it cover?

Who is covered?

Who is not covered?

Who do I call in case of claim?

What happens after I graduate?

If I saw a client during practicum or internship and they file a lawsuit after I graduate, am I covered?

 

 

Professional Development

How do I find out about the annual conference?

How can I earn CEUs with AMHCA?

 

 

Careers, Jobs, Networking, Roles

What are the certification requirements for my state?

What is CACREP?

What colleges and universities are CACREP certified?

What is the NCE and the NCMHCE?

Should I take the NCE or the NCMHCE?

  

Publications

How do I get my manuscript published in the JMHC?


 
Profession

What is a CMHC?

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.

 

What do all those acronyms mean?

Different states have difference titles for their counselors. Below are some common ones that you will find.

CMHC
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
LPC
LIcensed Professional Conselor
LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
LPCC
LIcensed Professional Clinical Counselor
LCPC
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
NCC
National Certified Counselor

What is the difference between AMHCA and ACA?

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 it's 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.

 
 
Membership

How do I join AMHCA?

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.

 

What benefits do I receive as a member of AMHCA?

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.

Our AMHCA student member benefits include free professional liability insurance, networking opportunities, a free copy of our digital monthly e-newsletter, the Advocate, access to the quarterly Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and discounted student rates for the AMHCA Annual Conference.

Click here for more information on memberships benefits and here for more information on student benefits.

 

I forgot my username and/or password.

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.

 

Why is it beneficial for me to become an AMHCA member now, while I'm still in school?

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

What is professional 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.

 

How do I know I'm covered?

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.

 

When am I covered?

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.

What coverage does the policy provide? What activities does it cover?

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.

 

Who is covered?

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.

Who is not covered?

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.

 

Who do I call in case of claim?

In the event of a situation that could lead to a claim or suit, please contact CPH and Associations at 800-875-1911.

 

What happens after I graduate?

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.

 

If I saw a client during practicum or internship and they file a lawsuit after I graduate, am I covered?

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.

 
 
Professional Development

How do I find out about the annual conference?

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.

 

How can I earn CEUs with AMHCA?

You can earn CEUs with AMHCA though our webinars. You can also check our website for other new opportunities to earn CEUs.

 

 
Careers, Jobs, Networking, Roles

What are the certification requirements for my State?

Check with your State's certification board to find out what exactly is required in your State.

 

What is CACREP?

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.

More information about CACREP and it's mission can be found at www.cacrep.org.

What makes AMHCA distinct among the other counseling organizations is the predominance of clinical practitioners among the membership. Consequently, when CACREP addresses changes in the training standards for clinical mental health counselors, AMHCA, as an organization, offers a response. However, beyond the formal AMHCA organizational response, our members' and other stakeholders' individual opinions also carry significant weight and their voices need to be heard. After all, who better to offer an opinion about training standards than active clinical practitioners?

Press Release: AMHCA Praises NBCC Action on CACREP, November 19, 2014

 

 What colleges and universities are CACREP certified?

You can find a list of all CACREP certified colleges and universities on CACREP’s website, here: http://www.cacrep.org/directory/.

 

What is the NCE and the NCMHCE?

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.

NCE

NCMHCE

The National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) is a 200-item multiple-choice examination designed to assess knowledge, skills and abilities determined to be important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is a requirement for counselor licensure in many states and for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification. The NCE is also used by the military health systems.

The NCE was first used in 1983, as part of the NCC application process, and continues to undergo regular review and development to ensure it represents the current reality of practice and research in the counseling profession.

 The National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) consists of 10 clinical simulations designed to sample a broad area of competencies, not merely the recall of isolated facts. The NCMHCE is a requirement for counselor licensure in many states and for the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) national certification. The NCMHCE is also used by the military health systems.



Should I take the NCE or the NCMHCE?

The choice is completely yours. 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.

 

Publications

How do I get my manuscript published in the JMHC?

Click here to find out what our Journal is about and how to get published.

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