The Board of Examiners in Counseling exists in order to ensure that the practice of counseling and marriage and family therapy contributes to the general welfare and public interest of the state and its citizens. The Board authorizes and qualifies practitioners by establishing standards for the education, training, and character of Licensed Counselors and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. In addition, the Board establishes regulations, conducts hearings, and initiates other actions that govern the issuing, denial, exemption, and revocation of licenses to counseling and therapy practitioners.
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UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION: Per Board rules:
A licensee shall notify the Board within thirty (30) days of any change of his or her legal name, primary address, telephone number, email address or similar change of location or status, on a form provided by the board and available on the board’s website.
Therefore, if there are any changes to the licensee's or applicant's email address or other contact information, including employment information, the licensee shall complete and forward the 'Update Form' located on our website at the 'Update Contact Information Form' tab. Please mail your completed form to the board address or fax to 304-558-5496. Per Board Rules, this shall be submitted within 30 days of any change to your information. Thank you.
Important reminder regarding the "Annual" license renewal, and the reporting of completed continuing education: Effective July 1, 2017, all licensees shall renew his/her license annually, on or before June 30, and shall be subject to the annual license renewal fee of $145.00. Annual license renewal includes the submission of a 2 page renewal application and the payment of the annual renewal fee. The reporting of completed continuing education remains on the same two year cycle, therefore, every odd numbererd renewal year (2017, 2019, 2021, 2023, etc.) the LPC shall include, with their 2 page renewal application and annual renewal fee, their completed Continuing Education. Please see Series 3, LPC License Renewal and CE rules for more information.
Important note regarding the deadline for submission: The processing time for a renewal application is up to six (6) weeks. If the LPC's license must be verified by an employer, insurance company or other 3rd party, on July 1, 2019, the LPC will need to submit their renewal application to the Board office on or before May 20, 2019.
LMFT License Renewal applications will be available the week of March 18-22, 2019.
The 2019 "Annual" License Renewal for the LMFT will include the submission of the 2 page license renewal application and the annual license renewal fee of $145.
Important reminder regarding the "Annual" license renewal and the reporting of completed continuing education: While all licensees shall submit the 2 page license renewal application and fee on an annual basis, the reporting of completed Continuing Education remains on the same two year cycle, in which the LMFT shall submit their completed continuing education with the 6/30/2020 Annual LMFT license renewal materials.
The LMFT is encouraged to track and record completed continuing education on the LMFT CE Recording Form.
Effective July 1, 2017 the LPC & LMFT shall complete 2 hrs. of CE related to the mental health conditions specific to veterans and their families. Approved trainings for this new requirement will include "VA APPROVED" after the training title in the CE calendar found at the Approved CE tab. The LPC may instead complete this requirement via online or homestudy CE training that is NBCC or ACA Approved and meets the following criteria: Training specific to veterans and family members of veterans may include, but not be limited to, inquiring about whether clients are veterans or family members of veterans; screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder; readjustment issues; risk of suicide and prevention of suicide; military sexual assault; and depression and grief.
Please check back periodically for important notices and updates.
Last updated 3/17/2019
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