National Credential
Credential: Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)  In-Demand resource
Credentialing Agency: National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) is an advanced-level credential for professionals who practice clinical mental health counseling. CCMHCs diagnose and treat mental illness, often working as part of a health care team which may include doctors, nurse specialists, psychologists, and social workers. Candidates for the CCMHC are required to meet extensive educational, experiential, training, and other requirements. Candidates must take a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 56M Religious Affairs Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 68X Behavioral Health Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 8J Master Resilience Trainer-Facilitator ASI most          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite: NBCC National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Experience: 3000 hours
  • Education: Masters
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
3 Terrace Way
Greensboro, NC  27403-3660
Phone: (336) 547-0607
Fax: (336) 547-0017
Email: certification@nbcc.org

Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)

The National Certified Counselor (NCC) is a prerequisite for the CCMHC credential; candidates for the CCMHC are required to hold the NCC in good standing.

Candidates for the CCMHC must complete a total of at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of graduate-level academic credit in counseling from a regionally accredited program.

Coursework

All courses used to fulfill the coursework content areas, except for supervised field experience, must carry at least two-semester or three-quarter -hours of graduate-level credit. No course may be used to fulfill more than one content area. Candidates must successfully complete a course covering Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment and must successfully complete courses covering at least three of the following six content areas:

  • Advanced Clinical Skills
  • Family or Couples Counseling
  • Addictions or Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Human Sexuality Counseling
  • Counseling for Trauma, Violence or Abuse
  • Clinical Counseling for Special Populations

Supervision

Candidates must document at least 100 hours of postgraduate clinical supervision. The individual verifying supervision cannot be related to the candidate and cannot be the same individual providing the professional endorsement.

Professional Endorsement

Candidates must obtain an endorsement from a professional colleague who holds a master’s degree or higher in a mental health field. The individual providing endorsement cannot be related to the applicant and cannot be the same individual verifying supervision.

Work Experience

Candidates must document at least 3,000 hours of postgraduate clinical client work experience.

In addition, candidates must complete nine semester hours or 15 quarter hours of clinical training in supervised field experience. If a candidate does not have nine semester hours or 15 quarter hours of supervised field experience, a candidate may make use of one of the following alternative options:

Option 1: Six semester hours or 10 quarter hours of clinical training in supervised experience and a full state license.

Option 2: Six semester hours or 10 quarter hours of clinical training in supervised experience and an additional 120 hours of direct supervision.

Option 3: Three semester hours or five quarter hours of clinical training in supervised experience and 10 continuous years as a fully state-licensed counselor.

The Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must obtain an endorsement from a professional colleague who holds a master’s degree or higher in a mental health field. The individual providing endorsement cannot be related to the candidate and cannot be the same individual verifying supervision.
  • Candidates and those certified are required to adhere to NBCC’s ethical policies, including the Code of Ethics and the Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services.

Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)

  • Assessment and Diagnosis
    • Integrate client assessment and observational data
    • Identify precipitating problems or symptoms
    • Identify individual and/or relationship functioning
    • Identify relevant family issues
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy
    • Inform client about ethical standards and practice
    • Clarify counselor/client roles
    • Implement individual counseling in relation to a plan of treatment
    • Evaluate referral information
  • Administration, Consultation and Supervision
    • Maintain case notes, records and/or files
    • Determine if services meet clients’ needs
    • Communicate orally with others to maintain professional communications
    • Assist clients with obtaining services

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential has the following recertification information: