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Since its formation as a professional organization in 1976, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, AMHCA, has been committed to establishing and promoting vigorous standards for education and training, professional practice, and professional ethics for clinical mental health counselors.

Being a member of AMHCA helps foster solidarity, a sense of belonging among fellow clinical mental health counselors.

Your clients have the right to access qualified mental health providers from a variety of disciplines, and clinical mental health counselors are uniquely trained to merge developmental, wellness, and diagnostic perspectives to the advantage of the people we serve.

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How to Become a Member

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Take advantage of the many benefits to being an AMHCA member.



Why join AMHCA?

Federal and National Advocacy Efforts

Get the latest information about recognition under Medicare, standardization, portability and the changing healthcare industry. Reap the benefits of AMHCA's growing collaborative relationships with professional organizations, government agencies and consumer groups.


Career Development Support

Enhance your professional development and strategic position with our career guidance, certifications that are tailored for every level of your career and job transitions.


Members-Only Discounts and Pricing

Take advantage of the discounts offered on brand-name products that offer services such as health services discounts, website platforms, directory services, and receive exclusive members-only discounts on webinars, conferences and home studies.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Earn continuing education credits and on webinars, conferences and home studies.


A community of peers.

Join one of the many online discussion groups to exchange ideas with other clinical mental health professionals about your daily challenges and solutions.


Latest News and Trends in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Quarterly digital publications of the Journal of Mental Health Counseling and The Advocate Magazine, with members-only exclusive access to the entire digital library of both. As well as additional resources include our ethics committee consultation service, practice guidelines, resources and opportunities.



Membership Types

Clinical Member

Master's degree or higher in counseling or a related field covering the basic principles of mental health counseling from a regionally accredited institution. Primary work is in direct delivery of counseling services. Hold state licensure or certification if available, or Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor if licensure/certification is not available. This is a voting membership type. Learn More

Regular Member

Master's degree or higher in counseling or a related field covering the basic principles of mental health counseling from a regionally accredited institution. This is a voting membership type. Learn More

Unified Dues Member

Join AMHCA and our affiliated chapter at the same time. Offered to Clinical and Regular members. Savings on AMHCA membership and state chapter membership when you join at the same time. Learn More

Student Member

Enrolled at least half-time in a graduate program in counseling or a related discipline. Eligible for up to 3 years only in this membership category. This is a non-voting membership type. Learn More

Emerging Professional

Completed Masters or Doctoral degree; currently in first or second year of practice. Eligible for 2 years only in this membership category. Proof of recent graduation date may be required. This is a non-voting membership type. Learn More

Associate Member

Primary work responsibilities are in human resources/personnel, or supporter of the professional work of AMHCA. This is a non-voting membership type. Learn More

Retired Member

Master's degree or higher in counseling or a related field covering the basic principles of mental health counseling from a regionally accredited institution. This is a voting membership type. Learn More