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

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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.    

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

Sixty five years ago, America declared May as “Mental Health Month” to raise awareness about the importance of mental health.  This week kicks off Mental Health Month with National Mental Health Counseling Week, which will be observed from May 3rd through May 9th.   

Lime green is the national color of mental health awareness.  By wearing lime green you are showing support for people living with mental health challenges and helping break down the barriers that prevent many people from seeking the help they need.  This week, NHMHCA board members will be wearing lime green ribbons to show our part of the movement to raise awareness about mental health.  Please join us in wearing lime green to raise awareness and building broader public recognition.  

Christine Lavoie

President


Research shows that many mental illnesses start in the teenage years.  The stigma associated with mental illness can be more destructive than the illness itself.  Early support and help for mental health challenges can reduce suffering and save lives.  Mental Health Awareness week is a time for us to let others know that people are not defined by a mental health diagnosis.  As professionals, we can take this time to grow the community of individuals and organizations dedicated to a shared vision of mental wellness by sharing information and resources.  


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  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.








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 Upcoming Events 


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.