The West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling is the licensing and regulatory authority for professional counselors in West Virginia. The primary mission of the Board is to enforce licensure rules and ethical standards for professional counselors as a means to protect and promote public health and welfare. This Board is responsible for the following: evaluates applicants for professional counselor licensure, issues professional counselor licenses, biannually renews professional counselor licenses, approves Approved Licensed Professional Supervisors, approves continuing education providers and programs, receives and investigates consumer complaints regarding professional counselors, and takes disciplinary actions against professional counselors who are found to have violated state law or rules relating to the professional counselor license.
The Board of Examiners in Counseling was created by Acts, Chapter 138, Regular Session, 1986. The Board consists of seven members, appointed by the Governor. The members include two counselor educators engaged in the teaching of counseling at an accredited institution of higher education, three practicing counselors, one practicing marriage & family therapist, and one person chosen from the general public. No member may serve more than two consecutive five-year terms.
Current Board Members
Marilyn J. Cassis - LPC - Marriage & Family Therapist
Lori L. Ellison - LPC - Counselor Educator - Board Chair