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AMHCA works because you do! We are always trying to educate and inform our members. All members receive the following digest of information on a regular basis: 



The Advocate Magazine

The printed Advocate Magazine primarily features in-depth articles invited from experts in the mental health counseling field. These lively, informative articles give Advocate readers ideas for working with clients more effectively or running their practice more efficiently. The quarterly magazine issues are published in February, May, August, and November. (During alternate months, AMHCA Blogs are posted.)


AMHCA Blogs are former Advocate departments—including Advocacy Update, The Business of Private Practice, Research Findings, Noteworthy, Student Corner, Risk Management, New Members, and The Last Word. AMHCA blogs are posted on AMHCA's Connections page and emailed to members eight times throughout the year (January, March April, June, July, September, October, and December). Advocate Newsletter Archives

Journal of Mental Health Counseling

available for members to read online at no cost. Print subscriptions to the journal can be purchased for $25/year.

White Papers

The Advancement of Clinical Practice Committee of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) is responsible for developing, coordinating, and producing the white papers, which give a brief orientation to clinical mental health counselors about topics relevant to current practice. Existing AMHCA white papers include mental illness prevention, technology in counseling, trauma-informed practices, and responding to suicide risk. Each paper is free for AMHCA members to download.


Clinical Practice Briefs

Like the white papers, AMHCA's clinical practice briefs are short introductions to a particular topic important to clinical mental health counselors. Each paper is free for AMHCA members to download.

AMHCA Standards of Practice

AMHCA Code of Ethics

Both the AMHCA Ethics Committee and a special task force on telemental health of the AMHCA Advancement for Clinical Practice Committee have worked hard this year to develop revised documents for AMHCA members. Both have developed new provisions for technology assisted counseling and the revised ethics also includes an expanded sections on both forensic issues and clinical supervision. The new standards and ethics provide further guidance on the clinical, technical knowledge and skills as well as ethical issues, related to electronic communication between professionals and clients using advances in technology-assisted modes and the resulting treatment models.

AMHCA Research