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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.

Member Benefits:

  • Discounted professional liability insurance, and free legal guidance from CPH & Associates, Inc.
  • Free access to continuing education credits 
  • Subscriptions to The Advocate Magazine and our signature research publication, the Journal of Mental Health Counseling
  • Discounts on conferences and webinars
  • Opportunities to connect with our affiliated chapters
  • Exclusive discounts on products from the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Enhanced Health & Wellness Benefits from 2BenefitU

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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

Professional Associate

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