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.

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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