Membership Qualifications

IMHPJ is a professional organization and not a licensing body. IMHPJ members have achieved a high standard of professional competence in their chosen fields.

Clinical Members:

Have a Master’s Degree or higher, or equivalent professional training in a field of clinical mental health, from an institution that is recognized by a regional or national accreditation body. Such training should include both theoretical courses in the specific mental health field and supervised clinical work experience.

Have at least two years of full time, well supervised clinical experience in their field--or the equivalent thereof. This would total at least 2500 hours of actual clinical experience with at least 250 hours of supervision, 50 hours of which are completed post graduation.

Must be living in Japan with plans to reside for a minimum of 8 months in any given year.

Associate Clinical Members:

Have a Master’s Degree or higher, or equivalent professional training in a field of clinical mental health from an institution which is recognized by a regional or national accreditation body. Such training should include both theoretical courses in the specific mental health field and supervised clinical work experience.

Must have a level of clinical experience and supervision either in the past or ongoing that makes it ethically reasonable to work with clients. (See Ethics Code, Section 2.5, Professional Competence.)

Must be living in Japan with plans to reside for a minimum of eight months in any given year.

Affiliate Members:

Are professionals in allied fields, graduate and undergraduate students, volunteers and others who are interested or involved in mental health–related fields of clinical practice, or

Are those eligible but not interested in clinical memberships as they are not providing a mental health service in Japan.

Must be living in Japan with plans to reside for a minimum of 8 months in any given year.

Alum Members:

Are those who have been IMHPJ members for at least one year, and either no longer live in Japan, OR don’t expect to live in Japan for eight months of the year.

Residency:
All Members (except Overseas Alum) are required to be a resident in Japan for at least 8 months of each year of membership.