How to Join AMCD

If you work with multicultural populations, or if you are concerned about the quality of counseling and human development programs, you belong in AMCD.

To join AMCD, you also must join the American Counseling Association, either by signing up online, or by downloading the ACA/AMCD 2018-2019 application form (PDF).

Benefits of joining AMCD

AMCD provides members with:

  • Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, published quarterly. All members receive electronic access to the journal.
  • Website,
  • Opportunities for professional growth and leadership development through participation in regional and state division activities, committees, special projects, the annual ACA convention, and the AMCD Leadership Development Workshop.
  • Assistance, when requested, in resolving professional issues.
  • Support through interactions with empathic professionals.
  • A network of 25 state divisions.
  • Opportunities for publication of research and theoretical papers about multicultural counseling and development.
  • Advocacy and development of multicultural counseling competencies as guidelines to the profession of counseling.

Benefits of Joining ACA

“When you become a member of ACA, you become part of the largest network of counseling professionals in the world. That means direct access to the resources and education you need to stay at the top of your game, unlimited ways to connect with other counseling professionals for guidance and support, and powerful representation on the topics and issues that affect your career.”

These include such tools as professional liability insurance, ethics consultation, career resources, savings on continuing education, and advocacy.

If you are already a member of ACA and wish to add membership in AMCD to your current ACA membership, please call ACA Member Services at 800-347-6647 x222, M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., ET.

For additional questions, please contact Ms. Tianka Pharoah, Membership Chair

June 2019 Individual Member Highlights

The Membership Committee is excited to welcome ALL members! This month we are featuring Sofia Jasani.

Sofia Jasani

Sofia Jasani

Hi, my name is Sofia Jasani and I am a Master’s student in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling at Portland State University. I also serve as the Secretary of the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA) and am the President-Elect of the PSU chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. In the fall, I will begin dual internships at Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services and the Helen Gordon Child Development Center. My research and clinical interests center the lived experiences of womxn and femmes with multiple marginalized identities, in particular womxn of color with disabilities.

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” ~Shirley Chisholm

I felt like I found my community when I connected with other members of AMCD at the 2018 Institute for Leadership Training in Washington, D.C. I felt accepted and supported by this special group of students, professional counselors, and association leaders working tirelessly to increase access to effective, culturally-competent counseling services for underserved minority populations, and I was deeply inspired to bring that energy back with me to Portland.

In January I lead the committee to host ORCA’s first ever Counselors of Color Reception. More than 50 counselors, counseling students and counselor educators of color from Oregon and Washington attended. I also developed a scholarship called “A Seat at the Table” to make professional development and leadership accessible to counseling students and emerging professionals of color. As a 2019 NBCC Minority Fellow, my goal for 2020 is to create a state division of AMCD in Oregon.

June 2019 State Branch Division Highlights

Please join us in celebrating our State Division Chapter of the Month! 

Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development

FAMCD Picture _ State Branch

Every passing day, we recognize more and more how much minorities and marginalized populations continue to be discriminated against, mistreated, and underserved—not only by other individuals, but by society as a whole.

FAMCD recognizes that education is one of the key principles of engaging in social change, which is why our goal for the 2018-2019 term has been to provide our membership with as many learning opportunities as possible. The reason being is so we can better inform ourselves of the needs of underserved populations and minorities throughout the country and across the globe. This initiative has led to the initiation of a quarterly division newsletter, the appointment of minority concerns chairpersons, increased webinars hosted by FAMCD for professionals throughout the country, and greater division representation at regional, statewide, national, and international conferences.

FAMCD was recently presented with Florida Counseling Association’s Outstanding Division Award, in addition to the Best Newsletter and Outstanding Member Services and Recruitment Awards at FCA’s Annual Conference. As honored as our division was to have received such recognition, we understand that there is still so much work to be done in advocating for marginalized populations worldwide. With the New Year quickly approaching, we are excited to offer more webinars and professional development opportunities to clinicians, educators, and students in the upcoming months. FAMCD is grateful for AMCD’s support of our division, and we invite all counselors to unite and join us in fighting the good fight for those in need! – Daniel Balva

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