Welcome to the Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association
P.O. Box 1217, Meridian, Idaho 83680

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Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals.
DSM 5 Webinar Series
with Barry Watts, LCPC

11 am - 1 pm

March 14th, 28th,
April 11th, 25th,
May 9th

This webinar series will provide an in-depth exploration of the DSM 5 to prepare participants for its use in their clinical practice. The webinar series will be covered in five parts as follows:

3/14/14: Session 1 will be an introduction of the DSM 5 including treatment planning, new diagnostic categories, coverage of the new assessment instruments, and introduction to the diagnostic categories. 

3/28/14: Session 2 will cover Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorders, and Depressive Disorders.

4/11/14: Session 3 will cover Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders, Feeding and Eating Disorders, and Elimination Disorders.

4/25/14: Session 4 will cover Sleep-Wake Disorders, Sexual Dysfunctions, Gender Dysphoria, Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders, and Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

5/9/14: Session 5 will cover Neurocognitive Disorders, Personality Disorders, Paraphilic Disorders, Other Mental Disorders, Medication-Induced Movement Disorders and Other Adverse Effects of Medication, Other Conditions That May Be a Focus of Clinical Attention
2015 Spring Ethics Registration is now open.

Practicing in a Competent and Ethical Manner

The ACA Code of Ethics states, “Professional values are an important way of
living out an ethical commitment." The following are core professional values of
the counseling profession:

  • Enhancing human development throughout the life span;
  • Honoring diversity and embracing a multicultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts;
  • Promoting social justice;
  • Safeguarding the integrity of the counselor–client relationship; and
  • Practicing in a competent and ethical manner.

The IMHCA Spring ethics trainings will focus one of our basic principles in the
ACA Code of Ethics Preamble, which is to practice in a competent and ethical
manner. Fundamental to the work we do with clients is their trust in us as
clinicians. This trust is founded on believing in our abilities to help in a competent
and professional manner. Therefore, competence is the foundation of ethical
practice. The workshop will focus on encouraging discussion about a therapist’s
scope of competency and practice issues, how and when they may present
themselves, how the Code helps in making those determinations, and how to
incorporate it all into an ethical counseling practice.
Click on "Ethics" above to register!