NBCC CEU Policy Changes &
NH Suicide CEUs Legislation.
See Legislative Alerts below.
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.
American Mental Health Counselors' Association.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 diverse 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.
Friday, May 15th - Next Board Meeting
Friday, June 12, 2015
New Hampshire Mental Health
Counselors Association Presents
Ethics in Social Media
with Kelli Fox
The Puritan Backroom, 245 Hooksett Rd.,
( 6 Ethics CEU’s available)
There is no better way for you to stay current than to join your state's professional organization.
Affordable Membership Dues: $75