Connecticut Mental Health Counselors Association (CMHCA)
What is CMHCA?
CMHCA is the division of the Connecticut Counseling Association (CCA) that represents counselors whose focus is on providing mental health treatment to clients. Mental health counselors are employed in a variety of settings, such as clinics, hospitals, residential treatment programs, and private practice. CMHCA is also a branch of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA): www.amhca.org
Who can be a member of CMHCA?
Anyone who is a member of CCA and has an interest in mental health counseling can be a member of CMHCA. This includes students in community counseling programs, masters and doctoral level clinicians, and Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC’s).
What does CMHCA have to offer?
CMHCA holds three to four division meetings a year in various locations across the state that members are encouraged to attend to gain knowledge about what your professional organization is doing for you, to network with colleagues, and to give feedback about your CCA/CMHCA membership. In addition, CMHCA co-sponsors workshops throughout the year, providing continuing education opportunities on topics of interest to mental health counselors. Advocacy for our profession and LPC’s is also a main focus of this division.
Other benefits to becoming a member of CMHCA include:
- Discounted attendance to our annual professional development day each fall for the opportunity to network with colleagues and learn the latest practices in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health care issues.
- Continual opportunities to network with fellow counselors and build a strong professional “go to” base.
- Affordable listing on the CCA website counselor referral directory, accessible by other counselors as well as potential clients.
- Up-to-date information about legislation that impacts the profession.
- Leadership opportunities
See our LPC Brochure
Other Important Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness:
Connecticut Department of Public Health LPC Requirements:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration:
Connecticut Clearing House:
Trauma Informed Art Therapy—Cathy Malchiodi, PhD:
Please contact a member of the CMHCA leadership board for more information about this division and its offerings.
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2016-2017 CMHCA Leaders
President - Licella Arboleda
President - Elect - Vacant
Secretary - Elina Flitt
Member-at- Large - Alice Kroll
Treasurer - Lisa Muray