Membership Qualifications

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

Clinical Membership:

  • 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 were completed post graduation.
  • Plan to reside in Japan for a minimum of 8 months a year.

Associate Clinical Membership:

  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Plan to reside in Japan for a minimum of 8 months a year.

Affiliate Membership:

  • 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.
  • Are those eligible but not interested in clinical memberships as they are not providing a mental health service in Japan.
  • Plan to reside in Japan for a minimum of 8 months a year.

Overseas Alum Membership:

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