The Roles and Functions of a Cmhc

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The Roles and Functions of a CMHC Julia Ray Due Date: July 29, 2012 Date Submitted: August 2, 2012 Dr. Amie Manis Capella University Abstract In this report, Julia will discuss: “Clinical mental health counselors (CMHC) have many roles and responsibilities as they practice counseling. By using the readings for this class session along with peer-reviewed journal articles, Julia will discuss the roles and approaches used by clinical mental health counselors across a range of mental health delivery systems. She will also discuss the impact that public policies have on the roles and responsibilities of CMHC working in diverse communities, the role of the CMHC in both providing and seeking professional consultation, how the policies of professional, governmental, and accrediting organizations impact the practice of the CMHC, and how local, state, and national public policies potentially affect the quality and accessibility of clinical mental health services” (, 2012). The Roles and Functions of a CMHC Clinical mental health counselors work with individuals, groups, and families of all ages and diversity to prevent mental health issues and treat existing mental health issues. Their goal for any client is to provide optimal mental health. A clinical mental health counselor provides services for those who are addicted to substances such as drugs and alcohol, those who have depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc., those who need or ask for family parenting skills, couples therapy for marital problems, those who no longer want to be in this world, those who have self-esteem issues, and for those who are aging and the issues that come along with the aging process (, 2009; Gladding & Newsome, 2010). Clinical mental health counselors have many different job titles, such as counselor, consultant, case manager, clinical

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