Benefits Of Membership

Division Membership
NMCA serves a coordinating role for 4 divisions:

  • New Mexico Mental Health Counselors Association (NMMHCA)
  • New Mexico Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues in Counseling (NMALGBTIC)
  • New Mexico Career Development Association (NMCDA)
  • New Mexico Association of Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (NMASERVIC)

Professional Development
NMCA is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

  • Affordable locally accessible continuing education opportunities throughout the state
  • Provides services to help counselors meet requirements of licensure
  • State and Division conferences and workshops
  • Free Continuing Education opportunities as possible (we aim to provide two free 1 hour Continuing Education trainings per year).

Public Policy & Legislation

  • Represent counselors in State Legislatures, local jurisdictions and school boards
  • Lobby to have professional counselors included in appropriate legislation
  • Educate legislators, local officials and school board members about the importance of counseling and it’s benefit’s for children and adolescents

Advocacy & Community Involvement

  • Advocate for professional counseling and our clients
  • Help to educate the public about counseling, the role of professional counselors, and their credentials
  • Get involved in public service activities of interest

National Affiliation

  • Closely affiliated with the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the ACA Western Region Branch Assembly
  • Maintains liaison with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Awards & Recognition
Recognizes individual and groups who have rendered outstanding service to the profession of counseling


  • Meet and get to know other counselors in the local area and state
  • Exchange information and new ideas
  • Mentor new counselors or be mentored

Resources & Publications

  • Online news updates and announcements published by NMCA and Divisions with information on recent counseling developments and opportunities.
  • Job listing board to help connect New Mexico’s counselors with new employment and contract opportunities.

Leadership & Training
Help counselors become leaders in the Branch, Division, Regional and national levels

Ethical Responsibility
Meets ethical responsibility of counselors to “actively participate in local, state and national associations that foster the development and improvement of counseling.” (ACA, p. 9)