We Welcome You as an Applicant
AMHCA is the first association to recognize both advanced practice and professional expertise in clinical mental health counseling. We believe in the current climate advanced practice clinical counselors with specialist skills are in increasing demand. Both the public and insurance providers are looking for counselors who have acquired cutting-edge training and clinical abilities.
The AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist credential was developed three years ago by the AMHCA Board of Directors, who continue to oversee the selection process. We believe this credential will enhance the stature of individual clinical mental health counselors and in turn, will increase the prominence of our profession.
The Fall 2016 cycle has closed. The Spring 2017 application cycle begins April 3, 2017.
Members who desire to qualify for the AMHCA DCMHS are required to 1) review the requirements listed below, 2) select one or more areas of specialization, 3) complete and submit the on-line application, and 4) submit application fees to AMHCA.
Professional development requirements are met by completing the online application. Applicants must possess documentation that attests to their qualifications (e.g. university transcripts, copies of professional licenses, continuing education hours certificates, etc.), or a signed statement by a supervisor or peer that the requirement was met. However, this documentation will not be directly submitted. The submitted online application is the applicant’s certification that all information in the application is true and accurate.
Although no documentation will be submitted with the AMHCA Diplomate application, copies must be made available to AMHCA if requested. The applicant will attach a resume or CV to the application as a Microsoft Word or PDF document that attests to the requirements in the application.
Please note that the term Clinical Mental Health Counselor applies to all individuals licensed to practice clinical counseling regardless of their official state title. The term does not apply to individuals who are not licensed such as school counselors or to those who engage in other types of counseling such career counseling, vocational rehabilitation counseling, or any counselor who is not licensed by their state to provide psychotherapeutic counseling services.