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Nominate a Peer or State Chapter

The Member Services Committee invites all AMHCA members to submit nominations for an individual in one of several categories as well as nominations for AMHCA state chapters (both large and small chapters) that have made outstanding progress in the last year. Awards categories are described below.

All nominees must be AMHCA members, with the exception of nominees for Legislator of the Year.

General nomination/selection procedures.

Fill out a nomination form: (complete online or download the form)

Individual Award Categories

Dr. Linda Seligman Counselor Educator of the Year: Recognizing outstanding and humanitarian service to others through teaching, training, consulting, supervising, research, or program development, spending at least 50 percent of his or her time in these activities.

Graduate Student of the Year: Recognizing a student AMHCA member who exemplifies the ideal mental health counseling student through outstanding scholastic and academic performance, outstanding counseling practice, or outstanding writing contributions to the field of mental health counseling. As part of the Donald Mattson Scholarship, a $500 grant accompanies this award.

Legislator of the Year: Recognizing the outstanding service of a congressional member. Nominees should advocate for the professional concerns of counselors, AMHCA, and the overall welfare of the community. A legislator nominated for this award need not be an AMHCA member.

Mental Health Counselor of the Year: Recognizing an individual who has provided outstanding counseling service—including consultation—to the public, spending at least 50 percent of his or her time in direct counseling with clients and relevant consulting activities.

Outstanding Community Service: Recognizing the outstanding commitment and service by an AMHCA member at the local level to his or her community. Specifically, community service addresses the issues of the counseling profession and stimulates future service to promote the reputation of the profession.

Poster Session Award: Recognizing an outstanding Poster Session entry based on subject originality, presentation clarity, appropriate research design and methodology, and advancement of the profession. Only poster sessions selected for presentation at the conference will be eligible for the award; the award winner also receives free registration for the next year's conference. Judges for this award will be AMHCA’s Conference Planning Committee.

Professional Service and Leadership to a State Chapter: Recognizing an AMHCA state chapter member whose dedication, energy, service, and leadership have strengthened the state chapter in such ways as membership growth, innovative program development, increased participation in sponsored events, and enhanced membership services. Eligible nominees should promote the goals and missions of his or her state chapter as well as the mental health counseling profession.

Public and Community Service: Recognizing outstanding service at the local, state, or national level that reflects a significant contribution to the professional concerns of AMHCA. Nominees may be nominated for service to AMHCA; work on legislative policy at the local, state, regional, or national level; work on critical mental health issues such as managed care or third-party payments; or development of new programming for consumers.

Researcher of the Year: Recognizing exceptional research in mental health counseling.


State Chapter Award Categories

To recognize the work of both large and small AMHCA chapters, two awards will be given in each State Chapter Award category. Large chapters are those with 500 or more members; small chapters are those with fewer than 500 members.

Membership: Greatest membership growth during the calendar year.

Service to Consumers:Outstanding activities directed at providing service to consumers.

Service to Members: Outstanding activities directed at providing service to members.

Outstanding Chapter Website: Recognizes a state chapter website that supports or advances the purposes and principles of AMHCA. Websites are evaluated based on their design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, navigation, and ease of use.

Outstanding State Chapter: Outstanding activities directed at building a stronger state chapter.