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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   

The past year has been an exciting time of growth and change for New Hampshire’s Mental Health Counselors Association.  With a continued focus on growing our membership I am pleased to report that our membership has increased by 105 members in the past fiscal year. 

As we continue to develop and expand our technological capabilities, we have continued to build and streamline our membership database and have successfully launched our new dynamic website, which has allowed us to keep our members better informed about all of the important news and events happening within the organization as well as legislation updates occurring on the state and federal government level.

In addition to increased membership and advances in technology, we further focused our efforts over that past year in expanding our reach to other areas of the state.  Starting with the Seacoast area, NHMHCA successfully held mentoring events, board meetings and professional development workshops in the Portsmouth NH area throughout the course of the year.  It is our vision to expand over the next several years to other areas of the state in order to increase the organizations visibility statewide. 

As we enter a new fiscal year, we look forward to continuing to increase our membership and statewide presence and are excited about the many events we have planned toward these goals for fiscal year 2015-2016.

Christine Lavoie, Psy.D, LCMHC, NCC

President


 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 


Friday, August 14 - Board Retreat 

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 The Collaborator    

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 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.