As recorded in the October 22, 2010 minutes, The West Virginia Board of Examiners in
Counseling (“The Board”) hereby issues the following advisory opinion regarding the practice of
Under the provisions of W.Va. Code § 30-31-1, it is unlawful for any person to practice or
offer to practice professional counseling or marriage and family therapy in this state without a
license. Be advised, it is the opinion of the Board that the requirements of W.Va. Code
§ 30-31-1, and all other rules and regulations governing the practice of professional counseling or
marriage and family therapy, shall be applicable to the practice of distance counseling and shall
expressly apply to any person providing distance counseling, as defined herein, to a person who
resides, or is domiciled, in the State of West Virginia.
Distance counseling is defined as any counseling, including marriage and family therapy that
is provided by any means other than direct in person services and is facilitated by the use of
technology including, but not limited to, U.S. mail, telephone, telefax, email, internet or
The WV LPC providing distance counseling in WV is required to adhere to the distance counseling requirements detailed in the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics. Please click the title to download your copy. In addition, the board recommends the LPC review the NBCC Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services to provide further guidance and ethical considerations when providing distance counseling. Please click the title to download your copy.