American Counseling Association (ACA)
The American Counseling Association is the flagship organization and the largest counseling organization in the world with some 57,000 members and 18 divisional affiliate organizations. ACA has written a comprehensive Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice that all professional counselors are expected to read and understand. There are currently 17 Divisions comprising ACA. ACA was founded in 1952.
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
The American Mental Health Counselors Association was founded in 1978 and is the ACA Division representing the profession of Mental Health Counselors. The AMHCA also has a separate Code of Ethics from ACA, though the two Codes are consistent on major issues.
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) is a national and bilingual organization dedicated to the enhancement of the counselling profession in Canada. This dynamic site provides information about the profession of counselling to CCPA members, to those of you who are interested in joining the national counselling association and to members of the public who wish to learn more about the association and the counselling profession in Canada.
College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario
The College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario (CRPRMHTO) will be the governing body for psychotherapists and mental health therapists in Ontario.
The CRPRMHTO was established by the Psychotherapy Act in 2007 and is represented by its transitional council. In July 2009, staff of the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) provided the Registrar of the transitional council with an overview of the OFC's work and with the requirements for compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, as amended, that the CRPRMHTO will eventually have to meet. The CRPRMHTO is developing its regulations and setting standards of practice that will enable it to become fully operational. The OFC will work closely with the transitional council.
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC)
The National Board for Certified Counselors is the national credentialing board for professional counselors. Mental Health Counselors seeking national certification may take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) in order to become a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). While national certification differs from state licensure, most states use the NCE as their counselor licensure examination.
New York Counseling Association (NYCA)
The New York Counseling Association promotes counseling through a collaborative network for all professional counselors in New York State. The mission of the New York Counseling Association includes promoting respect for human diversity and enhance human development throughout the lifespan by promoting the counseling profession; promoting the development of professional counselors in New York State; providing the link to the American Counseling Association for the counseling professions/associations in New York State; promoting public recognition of the counseling profession.
New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)
The New York Mental Health Counselors Association> is the advocacy organization representing the clinical counselors of New York State, They work to obtain licensure, and our continuing role is to protect and enhance the rights of counselors to practice the profession.
New York State Office of Professions
Practitioners, called mental health counselors, are trained in counseling and psychotherapy to treat individuals with mental and emotional disorders and other behavioral challenges. Mental health counselors address mental health, human relationship, education and career concerns within ethical, developmental, preventive and treatment contexts. Mental health counselors demonstrate a concern for the short-term and long-term well-being of individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations.
Medaille’s (Clinical) Mental Health Counseling program is designed to meet the academic licensure requirements and to prepare graduates to sit for the licensing exam required by New York State Office of Professions. That licensing exam is National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and applicable to many states.
Medaille (Clinical) Mental Health Counseling Faculty can provide guidance on out-of-state licensure, education, and internship criteria; however, it remains the charge of the student to evaluate requirements for the state or country in which he or she intends to work. Student’s will want to save all syllabi, books and material from the (Clinical) Mental Health Counseling Program as the out-of-state licensing boards often need copies of these materials. Medaille makes no guarantee that the completion of a degree or coursework for graduate credit will permit the student to obtain licensure in their particular location.