AMHCA Awards


Each year the association recognizes outstanding member contributions to the profession through its award program.


Awards Info

AMHCA award nominations forms are submitted online through our website. Look for the nomination forms on the specific awards page when the nominations window opens. 

 General Nomination/Selection Procedures (please look at specific awards for detailed requirements)

  • All nominators and nominees must be current members of AMHCA and their respective chapters
  • All nomination packets must be received by March 22th and should be sent to the AMHCA Awards Chair.
  • Candidates for the Mental Health Counselor of the Year, Counselor Educator/Supervisor of the Year and the Professional and Community Service Award should have an endorsement from their respective state chapters.
  • Nomination packets must include the following:
    • A completed nomination form (found on AMHCA’s website). 
      • Two (2) letters of support from other individuals.
      • A letter on nomination (no longer than 2 pages) from the nominator that speaks directly to the nominee’s qualifications for the award.
      • The nominee’s vitae.
      • A letter of support from the state chapter of AMHCA, on applicable awards, if a state chapter exists.
      • A phone number where the nominator can be reached. Researcher of the Year Award should include published article(s) for which the member is being nominated.
      • Attached documents should not exceed 15 pages.
    • When considering nominees for each award, consideration should be given for nominees advocating and furthering the commitment to multicultural and social justice within AMHCA.
    • Specify on all materials the award for which the member is being nominated.


    • Candidates for awards are required to be an AMHCA member at the time of submission of application.
    • Nominators are required to be AMHCA members.
    • Awards will be judged using a matrix.
    • Award winners will be notified in March 2024.

    Individual Awards

    Dr. Linda Seligman Counselor Educator of the Year Award 

    Researcher of the Year Award

    Mental Health Counselor of the Year Award 

    Emerging Professional Award 

    Graduate Student Award 

    Outstanding Public and Community Service Award 

    Professional Service and Leadership to a State Chapter Award

    AMHCA Chapter Awards

    Membership Award

    Outstanding Chapter Service to Members and Consumers Award 

    Outstanding Chapter Website Award 

    Throughout the year, the association may also present Professional Services Awards and Special Awards. All members of AMHCA are encouraged to nominate AMHCA members for these awards. The association wants to acknowledge all mental health counselors who perform above and beyond the professional code of ethics.

    Past Award Ceremonies 

    2023 AMHCA Awardees

    2022 AMHCA Awardees

    2021 AMHCA Awards Ceremony

    2020 AMHCA Awards Ceremony

    Slideshow of Past Award Events 

    AMHCA Awards