NBCC CEU Policy Changes &
NH Suicide CEUs Legislation.
See Legislative Alerts below.

 Welcome!         
Welcome to the official website of the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors Association.  The site is loaded with great information for New Hampshire Mental Health Counseling Association members, non-member mental health professionals, and members of the general public.  It is our goal to continue to build and expand the site as time goes on and as we collect feedback that helps us improve its look, feel, and content.    

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We are proud to be a state chapter of the 
           American Mental Health Counselors' Association.                       


   President's Message   

Welcome to the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors Association (NHMHCA) website.  I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve as President and continue to represent the interests of mental health counselors in New Hampshire.   As a state chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and in accordance with our vision and mission, NHMHCA’S board of directors is committed to continuing to provide a voice for our profession and to advocate for consumers of mental health services. 

I am pleased to announce that we have made great progress on our goals over the past years and I am looking forward to collaborating with the many volunteers who work tirelessly to promote and support the professionalism of and collaboration among mental health counselors in New Hampshire. 

During our annual leadership retreat in August 2014, in an effort to better serve and represent mental health counselors in New Hampshire, several goals were identified for the upcoming year.  These goals included pursuing and hiring an Executive Director in order to expand NHMHCA’s presence and leadership beyond the capacity of the volunteer board, as well as increasing our overall membership and enhancing membership benefits.  

As we head into a new year, we are hopeful that others will consider increasing their involvement with the organization, as serving on the board is both a positive and rewarding experience.

Christine Lavoie Psy.D, LCMHC, NCC

 

 Click here for the full Job Description For Executive Director

  Legislative Alerts  

NBCC CEU Policy Changes

The National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), with the goal of adding structure for continuing education providers, has made some recent changes to their Continuing Education Provider Policy. These changes to the rules, regulations and procedures for approval will go into effect as of May 1st 2015.

It is important to note that the State of NH still maintains its own guidelines for maintaining CEU’s.  These guidelines can be found on the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practices website at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rules/state_agencies/mhp.html

 NBCC has provided a description of this new policy along with answers to frequently asked questions on their website.  Follow the link below for more information.

http://www.nbcc.org/newCEpolicy


Suicide CEUs may soon be required

Senate Bill 33, relative to continuing education requirements for mental health practitioners on suicide prevention, passed the NH House April 15, 2015 on a voice vote. 

Because the bill passed in the same form as it was passed by the Senate in January, the bill will now go directly to the Governor for her action.  The enrolling process may take a while before the bill actually reaches the Governor's desk. 

The following is a link to the text of the bill as it passed the House and Senate:

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2015/SB0033.pdf

 

 Who are Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors? 

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors are skilled professionals, educated at a Master's degree level or beyond, who provide personalized, evidence-based therapy to people with mental and/or emotional distress. Our understanding of human nature and psychology utilizes a practical, problem-solving approach that facilitates a dynamic and efficient path for change and problem resolution. We are committed to professional ethical standards and respect the dignity and di
verse cultural background of all those who seek our care.







 

We want to keep you informed. If you are a member and have not been receiving e-blasts from NHMHCA please email the membership chair with your current email and mailing address. 


 

 Upcoming Events 

May 1, 2015 

 Mentoring & Maple Syrup

All Members are invited to attend a free breakfast meeting for the Mentoring Program! This event brings together students, pre-licensed members, and licensed members to help new counselors navigate their professional development. It is a great opportunity to ask questions, share stories, and meet other professionals. 

Our meeting will be held on Friday, May 1st, 9:00-10:00 am at the Roundabout Diner on the Portsmouth traffic circle, convenient to interstate 95 and route 101. Breakfast is free to all members. Questions? Contact Sara Sullivan, Mentoring Chair, at (603) 801-8358. See you May 1st! 

Sign Up for Mentoring & Maple Syrup


Friday, May 15th - Next Board Meeting

 (more information)


Friday, June 12, 2015

New Hampshire Mental Health
Counselors Association Presents

Ethics in Social Media
 with Kelli Fox


The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Rd.,
Manchester, NH
 ( 6 Ethics CEU’s available)





 The Collaborator    

New articles have been recently posted in The Collaborator. (Click here)

Looking for an office to rent? Available space in Concord, NH is posted in The Collaborator online.

(more information)


 Get Involved 

There is no better way for you to stay current than to join your state's professional organization.

Click here to Join NHMHCA

Affordable Membership Dues: $75

  • Promote your business - membership includes listing in the  online "Find a Counselor" Directory.  You'll find your name in NHMHCA's membership directory, which is made available to state agencies, hospitals, clinics, social services providers and other referral sources!
  • Need Guidance? Membership offers statewide advocacy for
     Mental Health Professionals and links at the national level.
  • Need help with licensing? We have mentoring and info on the licensing process!
  • We'll help you get connected by reaching out to students in graduate programs in the area who are studying mental health counseling and psychology.
  • Keep up to date in your field: We offer legislative updates, initiatives and advocacy regarding issues that pertain to counselors, including parity and vendorship.
  • Struggling with managed care?  We have info on that too!
  • Need to know more about your potential clients?  We can help you with consumer education and information.
  • Tired of paying large insurance premiums?  With your membership, you get reduced premiums through CPH Insurance Agency.
  • CEU Courses too expensive?  We offer several wonderful workshops each year with a reduced tuition rate for members.
  • Want to be more connected with other professionals?  You'll be a liaison to the NH Mental Health Coalition and the NH Board of Mental Health Practice.
  • Want to be more involved in the association as a chairperson on the NHMHCA Board of Directors or as a member of a committee?  We'd love to have you get involved. Contact a Board member to find out how.