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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.    
                      
                                           
   President's Message   

Over the last month we have had an open comment period allowing NHMHCA members to consider the addition of an Executive Director position.   I’m happy to announce that after many hours of work, discussion between Board members, accepting comments from the membership, talking with other state counseling organizations and the national organization, we finally reached a point where members of the NHMHCA Board could take a vote on this new position.  The vote was in the affirmative with no negatives and no abstentions.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to participate in this process.  Now the next step is to post the position and start the formal search.

Here are the steps in the search process.  We will post the position description here on the front page of our website.  It’s the same description that has been posted in the Members Only area for review by our membership, but now we’re looking for wide-spread dissemination.  My hope is that you read the description, let us know if you feel qualified and are interested, or pass it on to others you may know who you think are qualified.  You may also nominate someone by forwarding their contact information, including email address to me.  It just makes sense to ask for everyone’s help in finding the best possible candidates.

To apply a candidate would need to submit a resume that includes standard information along with counseling organization affiliations such as AMHCA, NHMHCA, ACA and so on, a copy, scan or photocopy of their active New Hampshire LCMHC license, three professional letters of reference with contact information, and a cover letter.  The cover letter should state why the applicant believes he or she is qualified for the position, why he or she is interested in the position, and what specific experiences the applicant has had that seem relevant.  Members of the NHMHCA Board of Directors will then review every complete package and select applicants for a telephone interview.  Telephone interviews will take place with at least two members of the Executive Board, present.  Based on these telephone interviews, the Executive Board members will make recommendations to the full NHMHCA Board of Directors; providing names of those who the Executive Board feels should be brought in for in-person interviews.  Then the final selection will be made by a vote of the Board of Directors.

Applications and nominations should be sent to me at president@NHMHCA.org, or mailed to my office address at:

H. Alan Goodman, Ph.D.

Novus Vita Counseling, Pllc.

1361 Elm St

Suite # 400

Manchester, NH 03101       

The search will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Only complete applications will be forwarded to Executive Board members. All candidates are evaluated without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status or the presence of a non-job related handicap.


Click here for the full Job Description For Executive Director


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 you 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 a 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.
  • Want access to NHMHCA's quarterly newsletter, The Collaborator?  You'll get it free with your membership!
  • 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 NHMHCA Board of Director or committee chair?  Board and committee members are elected from our membership.

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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.






  Upcoming Events  

PLEASE NOTE THE CORRECT DATE OF THE SPRING WORKSHOP BELOW!(The postcard you received in the mail was misprinted).

Spring Workshop
Friday, April 4, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

ETHICS, LAW 
& 
SUBSTANCE ABUSE TRAINING   

The Derryfield Restaurant
Manchester, NH (map)      

Brief Description of program:                                    (6 Ethics CEUs) 

For today’s provider, ethical decisions are often complex, involving a range of multifaceted issues that cannot be easily resolved.  This is particularly true in substance abuse treatment.  This workshop is designed to help the substance abuse provider explore common ethical decision-making.  The afternoon will be spent in a lively dialogue on critical issues including confidentiality, dual relationships, boundaries, responsibility, competence, and legal standards. 

The link between the quality of ethics and the quality of care the substance use, misuse, and abuse treatment will also be discussed.

This course will provide both useful theoretical models and hands-on opportunities to improve knowledge & skills.

Targeted audience: 

This workshop is targeted to mental health and substance abuse workers and counselors.

Objectives:

At the completion of the one-day workshop, participants will:

Gain a broad perspective of the primary ethical standards which underlie all laws, rules and regulations within the addiction profession…

Examine some critical areas that the  professional needs to be intimately familiar with from both a risk-management and client-care perspective…

Increase knowledge of specific legal and ethical issues within the addiction profession…

Become aware of appropriate decision making models for ethical behavior in the treatment of co occurring disorders; chemical dependency and mental health..

Discover meaningful guidelines within the broad limits of professional codes of ethics.

Develop clear ethical boundaries.

Identify methods of ethical decision-making.

Discuss common ethical pitfalls.

Identify the gray areas in legal and ethical decision-making that contribute to professional errors.

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AMHCA Annual Conference

New Opportunities    

Lunch with the NHMHCA President - That's right. Who says there's no free lunch? If you are a member you can enter a drawing to have lunch with our president, Al Goodman, at a location convenient to you. You can even bring a counselor friend, or two! To find out more, go to the Members Only site. 

Peer Consultation Groups - A proposal has been made to start local groups for collaboration and consultation. To find out more about this initiative or to get involved go to the Members Only site.  


  Legislative Alerts  

ACTION ALERT
Medicare Recognition of Mental Health Counselors

AMHCA has long sought bipartisan support for its Medicare provider status legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, and on December 5, 2013, HR.3662 was introduced by our new sponsors Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA). The House bill contains language identical to that used in the Senate version, S.562 (Wyden/Barrasso), which amends Medicare to add the outpatient services of licensed mental health counselors ("LMHCs") and licensed marriage and family therapists ("LMFTs") under part B of the Medicare program.

ACTION REQUESTED
Now is the time to contact your House member to show their support HR. 3662 and request they cosponsor the bill. Here is the information on contacting your Representative and a sample e-mail message for a Representative.
Download sample text in Word

Download sample text as PDF

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Miscellaneous

Reach Out to U.S. Troops and their families through AMHCA's Partnership with Give an Hour Network. Click here to read more