AMHCA White Papers

  • Clinical mental health counseling is a proactive mental health profession that treats mental illness, addresses life distress and adjustment issues, and facilitates wellness in individuals, families, and their related contexts (Shallcross, 2013). Although clinical mental health counselors, also known as professional counselors, are eligible for licensure in all 50 states and widely recognized as effective ...

  • Persons in the U.S. public mental health system with serious mental illness are dying 25 years earlier than the general population. Consumers, who have a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse, on average, die nearly 32 years earlier than their fellow citizens. In the general population, individuals with a mental illness die nearly 9 years sooner than those without a mental health disorder. ...

  • This white paper explores the Affordable Care Act's impacts on mental health care and discusses a framework for understanding how to promote mental health and prevent illness that can be utilized by CMHCs and by public health entities. This framework focuses on primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention efforts as it relates to mental health and illness. Included is a list of actions for CMHCs to ...

  • This white paper is a preliminary look at the needs of persons at-risk for suicide or suicide attempts. Readers are encouraged to pursue the plentiful evidence-based practices and best practices that are reviewed in widely available publications and sites. It includes a list of "Top 10 Things to Know about Suicide Prevention and Intervention." #Suicide

  • Effective treatment helps an individual resolve trauma-related memories and feelings. In doing this, they process underlying self-beliefs, learn how to regulate strong emotions, and establish trusting relationships. CMHCs offer individuals and families the hope that they can recover. The effective treatment of trauma, chronic distress, developmental trauma, traumatic reenactment should be a hallmark ...

  • This white paper provides recommendations for the use of technology assisted counseling (TAC) between clinical mental health counselors and clients. TAC can include the use of synchronous (telephone, videoconferencing, e-mail) and non-synchronous modalities (e-mail, chatting, texting, and fax). #PrivatePractice #TechnologyAssistedCounseling

  • AMHCA past president Tom Ferro, LCPC, offers valuable guidance from decisions on getting started to developing a niche, from using the power of word of mouth to selecting a billing service, and from giving presentations to taking care of yourself. #PrivatePractice