American Counseling Association (AMHCA)

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American Counseling Association: Membership While becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), it is important to follow the American Counseling Association’s (ACA, 2014) Code of Ethics when treating clients, making ethical decisions, and adhering to the professional standards set forth within the Code of Ethics (Remley & Herlihy, 2016). Another beneficial tool as an LPC, is joining the American Counseling Association, and other professional organizations. In this paper, I will discuss the membership benefits of joining the American Counseling Association and highlight the advantages of also joining the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).
Joining ACA To join the American Counseling Association (ACA) as a student the
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Rates vary for retired counselors, associates, and clinical professionals and a membership can cost up to one-hundred and eighty-three dollars (AMHCA, 2017). The benefit of joining the AMHCA is that their focus is on the counselor working in private practice and in agencies (AMHCA, 2017). The AMHCA is governed by counselors, and advocacy is aimed at recognition of the profession (AMHCA, 2017). Additionally, joining the AMHCA offers new students and graduates opportunities for networking, advocacy, and there is a career job site as well. In my opinion, becoming a member of AMHCA can offer a different set of benefits to aid a new counselor with their professional…show more content…
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