The Vermont Mental Health Counselors Association is the professional association for Clinical Mental Health Counselors licensed by the state of Vermont.  Our purpose is to provide support, advocacy, and education for mental health professionals statewide.  We are also committed to community education about issues related to mental health treatment, prevention, and general public awareness of the role of the mental health counselor.

Registration is now open!!

Legal and Ethical Issues Facing Mental Health Counselors

with Burlington Attorney Whit Smith presenting on legal issues for Mental Health Counselors


an Ethics Panel composed of Lauren Berrizibetia, MA, LCMHC, Kirke McVay, MA, LCMHC 

and Christine Wilkens, MA, LCMHC 

June 9th, 2017 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

5 CEUs for LCMHCs and LMFTs pending approval

Lunch is included in Registration Fee

To Register click on "Events" above.


On June 9th VTMHCA will hold it's annual Ethics Conference at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.

Our presenters will include Burlington attorney Whit Smith, who will speak on legal issues in the practice of psychotherapy including the latest information on the recent legislative changes to the Duty to Warn.

We will also have a panel of three psychotherapists to respond to your most complicated ethical concerns.

Mark your calendar today.  Online registration will begin in early April and brochures will be in your mailbox shortly after.

Board of Directors

President - Marshall Hammond
Past President - Sue Jacobs
President Elect - Joie Marshall
Treasurer - Tom Croteau
Secretary - Lisa Schwartz-Barr
Legislative Chair - Don Rhoades
Student Member - open
Members at Large - Caryn Feinberg, Susan Hall, Lynn Martin, Robert Spottswood

Executive Director - Barbara Nielsen

Why Should You Join VTMHCA?

  • VTMHCA hires a lobbyist in order to keep abreast of legislative actions that impact our profession.  
  • VTMHCA keeps members informed through monthly e-newsletters and legislative alerts.
  • Twice a year, VTMHCA provides quality professional development workshops with reduced rates for members.
  • VTMHCA has an Ethics Committee available to members at no charge.
  • VTMHCA actively educates state authorities, legislators, and lawmakers about the role of the counselor and the importance of the availability of effective mental health care to all in the state of Vermont whenever possible.
  • VTMHCA represents the concerns of Mental Health Counselors to lawmakers, regulators, insurance companies, and government officials through membership in the Vermont Psychological Association’s Direct Practice Commission (a bargaining group) and representation on the Council of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Professionals.

Membership support gives Mental Health Counselors a voice in the decisions being made that directly impact our ability to continue to practice.  You can make a difference!   Click on the Join tab in the top menu to join or renew today!

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