Clinical mental health counselors are licensed professionals with protected titles. This means that they have a scope of practice that is governed by their state. This unit discusses the roles that licensure, certification, and accreditation have for the clinical mental health counselor (CMHC). The consequences of licensure and accreditation are extremely important and mandate the day-to-day activities performed by the CMHC. Learners need to become aware of these professional organizations in order to provide responsible and ethical care.
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Evaluate how clinical mental health history and philosophy have contributed to the development of current trends and professional issues relevant to the practice of mental health counseling.
2. Review how current professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentials are reflective of the mental health counseling profession’s philosophy and purpose.
3. Research professional organizations, including professional membership benefits, activities, services to members, and current issues.
4. Analyze the impact of local, state, and national public policies on access to mental health services.
Learning Activities Studies
Use your Orientation to the Counseling Profession text to read the following:
• Chapter 2, “Professional Counseling Organizations, Licensure, Certification, and Accreditation,” pages 28–65.
Use the Capella Library to read the following:
• Even and Robinson’s 2013 article, “The Impact of CACREP Accreditation: A Multiway Frequency Analysis of Ethics Violations and Sanctions,” from the Journal of Counseling & Development, volume 91, issue 1, pages 26–34.
Visit the following Web sites and pages:
• Chi Sigma Iota’s Our Mission: Promoting Excellence in Counseling.
• Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)’s CACREP 2009 Standards.
• Chi Sigma Iota’s Chi Upsilon Chi Chapter-Capella University.
• American Counseling Association’s ACA Branches.
• American Counseling Association’s ACA Divisions.
• iGuide’s Chi Upsilon Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota.
Professional Counseling Organizations- Licensure-Certification-and Accreditation
Discussion 1: 1 page needed with 2 references.
Professional Organizations: Benefits and Activities
Clinical mental health counselors have resources and support through many different professional organizations. The American Counseling Association is the primary organization that lobbies and supports the practice rights of clinical mental health counselors. Go to the American Counseling Association’s Web site and explore the various divisions and branches, as well as your state’s Web site. Additionally, go to Chi Sigma Iota, which is the national honors society for counseling learners in CACREP accredited programs. Visit the Capella chapter Chi Upsilon Chi (CUC). Additionally, visit the CUC chapter on iGuide. Although you are not eligible for this honor at this time, you may become eligible to be initiated into the honors society during your residency. Note: Links to these Web sites are provided in this unit’s studies.
For this discussion, please complete the following:
• Describe one division of the ACA that is of interest to you, including membership benefits, activities, services to members, and current issues.
• Post your ACA region.
• What is the cost for you to join and be a member?
• Provide the necessary requirements for your entrance into the Chi Sigma Iota honor society.
• Discuss why it is important for you to be part of the counseling profession’s associations as well as your honor society.
Discussion 2: 1 page needed with 2 references. Note – I live in Dallas in Texas State.
State Credentialing and Licensure
Clinical mental health counselors are subject to the laws of professional credentialing, including certification, licensure, and accreditation practices and standards in their own states. Post the professional organizations, preparation standards, and steps necessary for credentialing in your state. Post these in a bulleted, abbreviated, outline format