What is NMCA?
The New Mexico Counseling Association (NMCA), founded in 1956, is a state branch of the American Counseling Association (ACA). It is the only state association in New Mexico with a National affiliation that represents professional counselors. NMCA encompasses a broad spectrum of groups in the field of professional counseling and provides an opportunity for sharing and professional growth.
The mission of the Association is to enhance the quality of life in New Mexico by promoting the development of professional counselors, advancing the counseling profession and practice of counseling to promote respect for human dignity and diversity.
Benefits of NMCA Membership
- Division Membership
- Serves a coordinating role for five divisions: New Mexico School Counselors Association (NMSCA), New Mexico Mental Health Counselors Association (NMMHCA), New Mexico Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling (NMALGBTIC), New Mexico Career Development Association (NMCDA), New Mexico Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (NMASERVIC) and New Mexico Advocates for Social Justice (NMASJ).
- Professional Development: NMCA is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
- Affordable locally accessible continuing education opportunities throughout the state
- Provides services to help counselors meet requirements of licensure
- State and Division conferences and workshops
- Public Policy and Legislation
- Represent counselors in State Legislatures, local jurisdictions and school boards
- Lobby to have professional counselors included in appropriate legislation
- Educate legislators, local officials and school board members about the importance of counseling and it's benefit's for children and adolescents
- Advocacy and Community involvement
- Advocate for professional counseling and our clients
- Help to educate the public about counseling, the role of professional counselors, and their credentials
- Get involved in public service activities of interest
- National Affiliation
- Closely affiliated with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the ACA Western Region Branch Assembly
- Maintains liaison with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
- Awards and recognition
- Recognizes individual and groups who have rendered outstanding service to the profession of counseling
- Meet and get to know other counselors in the local area and state
- Exchange information and new ideas
- Mentor new counselors or be mentored
- Resources and Publications
- Newsletters published by NMCA and Divisions with information on recent counseling developments and opportunities
- Sunspots published by NMCA quarterly
- Leadership and Training
- Help counselors become leaders in the Branch, Division, Regional and national levels
- Ethical Responsibility
- Meets ethical responsibility of counselors to "actively participate in local, state and national associations that foster the development and improvement of counseling." (ACA, p. 9)