Specialist in Substance Use and Co-ocurring Disorders


The AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders Counseling, establishes a clinical mental health counselor standard that demonstrates qualifying expertise in assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment, and effectual treatment evaluation. This standard enhances the services in treating substance abuse and related issues, and augments the credibility of the clinical mental health counselor in working with other specialists, state agencies, and third-party payers.

Candidates for this AMHCA Diplomate Specialist are required to be knowledgeable with the distinctive ethics and standards of practice in the treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Counselors must be committed to comply with legal, ethical, and practice standards related to this work: e.g. consent to treat, confidentiality; mandated reporting, appropriate treatment facilities; referral relationships; etc.

By truthfully answering the questions on this application, I attest that I have met the requirements to be considered for an AMHCA Diplomate Specialist in Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders Counseling.