Benefits of Becoming a Member

  • Recognition of your status as an International Mental Health therapist here in Japan. Clinical members are entitled to use IMHPJ Clinical Member after their names. Associate Clinical members, IMHPJ Associate Clinical Member. Being a part of a national organization of mental health professionals who provide a service to the national and international community here in Japan.
  • Being listed on the IMHPJ Membership Directory, which lists the credentials and specialties of members, including a listing on the IMHPJ Website. Through this website, be available for clients who are searching the www for a therapist before they come to Japan or after they arrive. Available also to referral sources such as embassies, medical practitioners and schools.
  • By signing a code of ethics, supporting ethical and professional practice by the international community of therapists here in Japan and providing a way for clients to have redress if they have complaints.
  • Opportunities for continuing education and networking through the annual IMHPJ conference and workshops. Continuing education certificates issued.
  • Branch meetings and functions for networking, professional development and socializing.
  • Professional development opportunities provided both through the conference via the opportunity to present at a professional level as well as via involvement in the IMHPJ Board and its various subcommittees.
  • An email network and newsletter that posts national and international activities, conferences, websites, books etc. Members can also utilize this email network to seek out consultation and referral-on information and to find other related resources.
  • An opportunity to mix with professionals from a range of mental health disciplines, e.g., Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Family Therapy, School Psychology, Psychotherapy, Psychiatry, Mental Health Counseling, Child Psychology from all over the world including Europe, Asia, USA and Australia.
  • An opportunity to supervise or to be supervised by other IMHPJ members including being involved in peer supervision groups and other clinical activities. A supervision network available for newly graduated therapists or those newly arrived to Japan/Asia.
  • Being involved in a network of international therapists who can be called upon in the event of a natural disaster.
  • Discount registrations for IMHPJ conferences and events.

 

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.
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.

Applying for Membership

Residency:

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

Fees:

Payment: On acceptance as a IMHPJ Member, please remit the membership fee to the following Post Office account:
Account #: 14460 2305041 アイエムエイチピージェー(IMHPJ written in katakana)
Yearly dues are due and payable on January 1st of each year for all members, including new members who have joined during the previous year.

Clinical Membership Dues: 10,000 yen
Associate Clinical Membership Dues: 10,000 yen
Affiliate Membership Dues: 4000 yen
Overseas Alum Dues: 2000 yen

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