- Last Updated on 12 January 2014
AMHCA members should contact their House Representatives now to support our new Medicare provider status bill (HR.3662), which amends Medicare to add the outpatient services of LMHCs and LMFTs under part B of the Medicare program.
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- Last Updated on 27 February 2014
The 5th annual
Linda Heacock Memorial Fellowships
Two $1,000 Fellowship Opportunities Available
Who is eligible?
Doctoral and Master’s-level counseling students pursuing careers as professional counselors and unlicensed counselors who graduated within the last 18 months; Applicants must be a member of The Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors. (To join, visit our website Membership Join/Renew Page; student memberships are $20, counselor in residence memberships are $40.)
Deadline to apply:
June 30, 2014
Send an e-mail stating that you are a VACC Student Member or VACC Counselor in Residence Member and that you wish to enter the drawing for the $1000 Fellowship. No essay required. Names will be printed and drawn from a hat.
Essay Application Entry:
Applicants must submit an essay (maximum 500 words) on the topic of Mixing Spirit and
Psyche. One should address the following points:
Submissions will be judged by a panel of VACC Executive Board members. Content is important, but writing style and quality counts as well. You do not have to use APA format. Personal experiences and opinions are welcomed, as are opinions based on research. There is no right answer - be persuasive. The winner is not eligible for the Random Entry Fellowship, but all other essay applicants are (if they apply to both).
Submissions should be emailed to Michael Nahl at
Please include “VACC Fellowship” in the subject line. In addition to the essay, complete submissions will include applicant’s name, email address, phone number, and university (alma mater for recent graduates).
All submissions will be reviewed by the VACC Fellowship Committee.Two $1,000 fellowships will be awarded. Winners will be selected and notified via email by July 15th, 2014, and announcements will be made in our newsletter and on our website. Winning entries will be published in the VACC newsletter.
- Last Updated on 31 October 2013
Welcome! The Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors is the state chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and we have been serving the needs of Virginia's clinical counselors since 1980.
Our primary mission is to advocate for the clinical counseling profession in Virginia. In order to promote and protect our profession we have government and advocacy committees, an ethics and standards committee, and we host several workshops each year across the state. For more information about VACC and the history of our achievements and contributions on behalf of our profession, click on the About link.
Our website has many useful tools and links. You can connect to other organizations from our website, including the Virginia Board of Counselors and many graduate counseling programs in our state. We also provide links to all of your state and federal legislators. In addition you can list yourself as a supervisor or use the Member's Spotlight page to market your practice.
- You can also link to all of our Board members under the link Board Members.
Welcome to VACC!
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- Last Updated on 29 April 2013
Follows Announcement of Additional 1900 Mental Health Staff Nationwide
WASHINGTON— The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its mental health services to include professionals from two additional health care fields: marriage and family therapists (MFT) and licensed professional mental health counselors (LPMHC).
“The addition of these two mental health professions is an important part of VA’s mission to expand access to mental health services,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “Veterans and their families can face unique challenges. By providing a complete range of services, we can help them address those challenges and help keep more families together.”
The two fields will be included in the hiring of an additional 1,900 mental health staff nationwide that VA announced last week. Recruitment and hiring will be done at the local level. The new professionals will provide mental health diagnostic and psychosocial treatment services for Veterans and their families in coordination with existing mental health professionals at VA’s medical centers, community-based outpatient clinics, and Vet Centers.
VA has developed qualification standards for employment as LPMHCs and MFTs and has announced the appointments of mental health and health science professionals to serve on professional standards boards. The boards will review applicants for LPMHC and MFT positions in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to determine eligibility for employment and the government grade level appropriate for the individual in the selected position. The boards will also review promotions in these positions.
For more information about mental health care that VA provides, visit: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/