The AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Military Counseling, establishes the clinical counseling knowledge and skills necessary to support and integrate systematic coordination of behavioral health care with other services available to current military service members, veterans with service-connected disabilities, and military family members. To achieve comprehensive health outcomes, Clinical Mental Health Counselors (CMHCs) with the AMHCA Diplomate Military specialization use their unique perspective of treatment. prevention, wellness, and personal growth to coordinate care with primary care providers, other medical providers, other health care professionals, state agencies, and third party payers.
These qualified CMHCs possess specialized knowledge of military culture and military service and have a strong background in counseling behavioral health disorders and evidence based therapy approaches, techniques and methods. They help active duty service members, veterans and their families manage a variety of behavioral health issues such as: depression, anxiety, generalized stress, stress-related combat issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance misuse and service connected disabilities. They also assess and treat for self-harm and the prevention of suicide. In addition, CMHCs with the military counseling specialization will provide support and counseling services for child and family counseling. They have the skills requisite to work as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team in coordinated care for coexisting physiological and mental health related issues. CMHCs who earn the AMHCA Diplomate, Specialist in Military Counseling provide holistic behavioral health interventions to alleviate emotional and mental distress, enhance physical health, improve quality of life, and promote wellness for active duty military, veterans, and family members.