Welcome to the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association

Florida Mental Health Counselors Association   |   2101 Vista Parkway, Suite 124 West Palm Beach, FL 33411   |   561-228-6129


 Mission Statement

The Mission of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association is to advance the profession of clinical mental health counseling through intentional and strength-based advocacy, networking, professional development, legislative efforts, public education, and the promotion of positive mental health for our communities.

  • Purposes of FMHCA, as outlined in our By-Laws:
  • Promote the profession of mental health counseling;
  • Provide a system for the exchange of professional information among mental health counselors through newsletters, journals or other scientific, educational and/or professional materials;
  • Provide professional development programs for mental health counselors to update and enhance clinical competencies;
  • Promote legislation that recognizes and advances the profession of mental health counseling;
  • Provide a public forum for mental health counselors to advocate for the social and emotional welfare of clients;
  • Promote positive relations with mental health counselors and other mental health practitioners in all work settings to enhance the profession of mental health counseling;
  • Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of minimal training standards for mental health counselors;
  • Promote scientific research and inquiry into mental health concerns;
  • Provide liaison on the state level with other professional organizations to promote the advancement of the mental health profession;
  • Promote the utilization of empirical or scientific foundation for the selection of mental health counseling techniques, procedures or psychotherapies;
  • Contribute to the reduction of client harm by encouraging mental health counselors to explain the potential risk and ethical considerations of using "unproven" or "developing" techniques or psychotherapy procedures with no scientific bases;
  • Contribute to the understanding of individuals from different cultural backgrounds within our diverse society by considering dimensions such as culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, education, family values, religious and spiritual values, socioeconomic status and unique characteristics of individuals, couples, families, ethnic groups and communities;
  • Provide the public with information concerning the competencies and professional services of mental health counselors; Promote equitable licensure standards for mental health counselors through the state legislature; and to Address institutional and social barriers that impede access, equity and success for clients through ongoing advocacy efforts.
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