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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.
  • Must be living in Japan with plans to reside 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.)
  • Must be living in Japan with plans to reside 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.
  • Must be living in Japan with plans to reside 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 a resident in Japan for at least 8 months of each year of membership.