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Independently Licensed Providers

Follow the 3 steps below to join:

Thank you for your willingness to donate your time and expertise to provide critical mental health services. As a Give an Hour provider, you have the option to participate in various programs providing mental health services, support and education to populations in need.  NOTE: In order to enroll as a GAH provider, you must be independently licensed and carry malpractice insurance. Scroll below to join our organization in three easy steps.

Already a provider? Visit the login page to update your information:

Provider Login

Step 1: Commonly Asked Questions by Providers

Who am I asked to serve?

Providers may opt-in to support populations outlined below:

  • Since 2005, we have focused on providing free mental health care to active, guard and reserve service members, veterans, and their loved ones.
  • As our nation faces devastating natural disasters and tragedies such as mass shootings or bombings, there is a critical need to provide help and hope to those who are suffering.
  • EDRT provides free and confidential trauma-specific mental health services to individuals in the District of Columbia and their families who are victims of crime, justice-involved adults and juveniles, and youth at risk of truancy or juvenile delinquency.

How am I asked to serve?

NOTE: Different Give an Hour programs may have specific processes. When you choose a population, you will be informed of additional opportunities and processes.

  • In-person Counseling: We recognize that in-person support is the standard within the mental health community. However, we also recognize this may not be feasible for everyone.
  • Video Counseling: We encourage the use of HIPAA-compliant platforms when an individual is unable to meet in person with a provider.
  • Telephone Support: We understand providers will rely on their professional judgment to determine if phone support is a sufficient way to meet the individual’s mental health needs.
  • Outreach and Engagement: We provide opportunities for providers to serve their communities by engaging, recruiting, and educating others about Give an Hour through several of our initiatives.

Am I offering just one hour? Or, how many sessions am I required to offer as a Give an Hour provider?

NOTE: Different Give an Hour programs may have specific processes. When you choose a population, you will be informed on additional opportunities and processes.

The traditional Give an Hour volunteer commitment is one hour of your services per week for a minimum of one year, per Give an Hour client you accept, although exceptions may be made for specific programs.

EDRT program Providers will be contacted by Give an Hour when there is a need.

You may also choose to volunteer at conferences, resource fairs, or other events while you wait for a client to contact you.

I have been contacted by a client outside of the state(s) in which I am licensed. Can I help them?

The answer to this question varies from state to state and is changing rapidly. Please contact the appropriate licensing entities for the most up to date information.

What are the licensing requirements for various professionals seeking to join Give an Hour as a mental health provider?

  • You must be in good standing with your licensing board for the last two consecutive years.
  • Social workers must have the highest license the state requires to practice independently. It varies from state to state, but generally the abbreviation is LICSW, LCSW, or LCSW-C.
  • Professional counselors must have the highest license the state requires to practice independently. It varies from state to state, but generally the abbreviation is LPC, LMHC or LCPC.
  • Pastoral counselors must be licensed as such or a fellowship level member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
  • Psychologists must have a doctorate and a license to practice.
  • Marriage and family providers must have an LMFT.
  • Psychiatrists must have an M.D. or a D.O. with proper accreditation in psychiatry.
  • Psychiatric nurses, drug and alcohol counselors, and other mental health professionals not covered here must follow their state’s regulations for proper licensing.

Do I need to fill out any forms or report to you that I have a Give an Hour client?

There are no forms to fill out and you do not need to report new clients to us. We do ask you to keep track of your donated hours and relay this information to us in our surveys and also let us make your profile unavailable when your Give an Hour client load is full.

My Give an Hour client has insurance. Is it ok to charge their insurance if I don’t charge the client a co-pay?

No. Participating in our program means you are willing to provide pro bono sessions to each Give an Hour client you accept, with no regard for insurance or ability to pay. It would be inconsistent with our mission to charge someone for Give an Hour sessions, even if those sessions would be covered by insurance.

Step 2: Review the Terms of Service Below

By registering with Give an Hour you agree:
  • You are a licensed mental health professional in good standing for the last two consecutive years in the state in which you are practicing.
  • For Military, Natural Disaster, EDRT, or Man-made Trauma clients, you will offer one hour per week of mental health support or treatment at no charge, on an ongoing basis to each client you accept through our program.
  • You will provide mental health services only in areas you are qualified to practice.
  • You have sufficient malpractice insurance coverage in place.
  • You will notify Give an Hour if you are ever subject to disciplinary action or any other change in professional status within 30 days.
  • You will update your profile status if your schedule is full and you are not currently accepting new Give an Hour clients.
  • You will update your contact and license information when necessary and respond to all inquiries regarding your services.
  • You understand Give an Hour disclaims all warranties and liabilities regarding its clients and are aware we do not pre-screen clients.
  • You will take all precautions to ensure your relationship with your client(s) is safe and successful.
  • You will conduct your practice using the highest ethical standards and respect and honor the dignity and individuality of those who seek your assistance.
  • You will follow all mandatory reporting guidelines set by your state and licensing board.
  • Give an Hour reserves the right to terminate your participation in our network with or without cause at any time.

Step 3: Register as a Provider

Help with Outreach

Use these tools and downloads to help share the amazing work you are doing with Give an Hour.

Coronavirus Information Page: For Providers

Access information, updates, and trainings from Give an Hour’s Coronavirus page for providers.

Participate in Training

Continuing education opportunities and other free or reduced-cost training are available to help you serve.

Provider Resources and Benefits:

We encourage you to share your commitment to Give an Hour by using our provider logo on your website.


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Give an Hour Initiatives & Programs

Interested in participating in specific programs for populations, or helping in ways other than direct services? Learn more about Give an Hour’s initiatives and contact a program lead to get involved.
Learn more about our Initiatives and Programs.