The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) represents clinical mental health counselors
(CMHCs). As the professional association of CMHCs, AMHCA subscribes to rigorous standards for
education, training, and clinical practice.
CMHCs are committed to increasing knowledge of human behavior
and understanding of themselves and others.
CMHCs are highly skilled professionals who provide a full range
of counseling services in a variety of settings.
CMHCs believe in the dignity and worth of the individual and
make every reasonable effort to protect human welfare.
To this end, AMHCA establishes and promotes the
highest professional standards. CMHCs subscribe to and pledge to abide by the principles identified in the
AMHCA Code of Ethics.
AMHCA Code of Ethics is intended to establish ethical standards for all CMHCs, regardless of AMHCA
membership status. The code is a document intended as a guide to assist CMHCs to make sound ethical
decisions; to define ethical behaviors and best practices for CMHCs; to support the mission of the
association; and to educate members, students and the public at large regarding the ethical standards of
CMHCs are expected to utilize carefully considered ethical-decision making processes when faced
with ethical dilemmas.
CMHCs are responsible for being aware of federal and state laws, as well as administrative rules and
regulations, affecting and governing their practice. In their professional duties, CMHCs may encounter
conflicts between the AMHCA Code of Ethics and the law, or between local regulatory statute and state law.
CMHCs attempt to resolve these conflicts when they occur. When dealing with such conflicts, CMHCs
always consider the client’s best interest, including continuity of care.
When conflicts are unresolvable, CMHCs may adhere to the requirements of the law.