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To assist applicants the AMHCA Credentialing Certification Board has provided the reviewers checklist as a helpful guide for you to see if you meet all the criteria before you apply.

Certification - Fellow in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Research

 Who is this credential for?

For LCMHCs who are independently licensed, AMHCA offers advanced credentialing certifications. The AMHCA Fellow certification is for those individuals who have demonstrated advanced counselor education and/or research in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling beyond the initial level of teaching or research, with verifiable competence.


What does this credential represent?

The AMHCA Fellow certification signifies that an LCMHC has attained advanced standing as an educator and/or researcher. Much like the Diplomate, the standing of Fellow is attested to by experience, accomplishments, and by service to the profession, with a focus on academic research and/or teaching. The AMHCA Fellow designation represents LCMHCs who have achieved the highest standards of education and research specifically in the profession of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Successful applicants will be awarded a certificate and may refer to themselves as an AMHCA Fellow in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Research or AMHCA Fellow

Pricing

$150 (digital and print certificate)
$195 (digital and framed plaque certificate)

Renewal
$50 (digital and print certificate)

Renewal

Valid for 2 years from issue date



Complete Requirements

Be a Clinical Member of AMHCA

Have completed all of the licensing requirements as defined by the respective state and have been awarded the license to practice independently. The applicant must have been licensed to practice independently for a minimum of five years.

Demonstrated advanced counselor education and/or research in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling beyond the initial level of teaching or research, with verifiable competence.

Advanced Education and Research Criteria require that the applicant meet all of the following requirements (A, B, C, D): 

  1. Document service to the profession for at least two years (e.g., serving on a licensing board, on a state chapter board, in an executive or committee position for a professional clinical organization, etc.)
  2. A doctorate in Counselor Education or a doctorate related to the professional identity of Clinical Mental Health Counselors.
  3. Graduate level instruction and/or research that has had a demonstrated impact beyond the academic institution, which specifically contributes to the profession of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and includes both of the following:
    • Seven years of full-time teaching graduate courses and/or research.
    • Publication of one or more texts, four or more peer-reviewed journal articles, or equivalent evidence of published research.
  4. One of the following:
    1. Three years of experience as a clinical supervisor in an academic or research setting – or –
    2. The documented development of an approved new course of study, or the development of an approved new research proposal, or other mental health professional accomplishments in teaching and/or research that specifically contributes to the profession of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (e.g., theory-building, public policy, professional practice, social justice, etc.).
  5. Complete application and pay fee.

An AMHCA Clinical membership is required to apply for one of our advanced credentialing certifications. Not yet a member? Great news!

You can pay our special non-member rate which includes a year of membership. 


Print Certificate ($150)

Framed Plaque Certificate ($195)