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 Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

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MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to protect the public interest by regulating the practice of mental health counseling and use of the title of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.

Mental Health Counselor Licensing Act

The Mental Health Counselor Licensing Act was passed in 1987 via Act 892 to provide for the regulation of the practice of mental health counseling in the state of Louisiana and to provide for the regulation of the use of the title "licensed professional counselor". In 2001 via Act 1195, the Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee was established to regulate the use of the title “licensed marriage and family therapist”. The Louisiana law is found in Chapter 13 of Title 37 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes and comprises R.S. 37:1101-1122. Chapter 13 was amended by Act 225 of 1988, Act 415 of 1989, Act 376 of 1992, Act 544 of 1993, Act 1301 of 1995, Act 834 of 1997, Act 72 and Act 1159 of 1999, Act 1195 of 2001, Act 1139 of 2003, Act 206 of 2007, Act 311 of 2009, Act 613 of 2010, Act 320 of 2011, Act 636 of 2012, and Act 173 of 2013—effective January 1st, 2014.

LPC BOARD UPDATES

Licensee Alert

Do you know what information is on the Internet about you? Are you listed on a health solutions or health finder website? We have recently learned that there is misinformation posted about licensees on the Internet. If you find information that is incorrect, please note that it is your responsibility to make a good faith effort to correct any errors.

          

LPCs renewing in 2014 must submit their renewal application, payment, CEH Audit Form and CEH documentation (if AUDITED), and Supervisee Update Form (if a LPC-S) by June 30, 2014. If the Board does not receive your renewal information and payment postmarked by June 30, 2014 you  will be required to submit proof of CEHs and a $50 late fee.  The requirements for LPC Renewal are listed in Chapter 8 of Board Rules.  Please also review the “Audit of CEHs by Area for LPCs” policy statement which becomes effective July 1st, 2014.  If you have a new work address or any other applicable changes, please remember to submit an updated Declaration of Practice and Procedures Statement with your application.

The LPC Board would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Board members—Dr. Jackie Mims, LPC-S and Ms. Jennifer Thomas, LPC-S, LMFT-S! Also, we are very happy to announce the reappointment of our Board Chair, Dr. Gerra Perkins, LPC-S and Board Member and Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee Member, Dr. David Legendre, LPC, LMFT! Finally, we are sad to report the resignation of Dr. James Nelson, M.D., who served in our Member- at-Large position and the end of eight years on the Board by Anthony “Tony” Williams, LPC-S, LMFT. The Board genuinely appreciates all of the time and energy James devoted to the learning about the regulatory process and the many, many hours Tony contributed to the Board in his eight years. Over the course of his two terms on the Board, Tony served as Board Secretary, a member of the Rules Committee, Licensure Committee, and Discipline Committee. Thank you Tony and James!

The LMFT Supervisor Orientation Course Video, Exam, and the MFTAC Supervisor Handbook are now available on the Board website.  Successful completion of this course is required by all LMFT Supervisors (LMFT-S) and LMFT Supervisor Candidates (LMFT-SC) before each LMFT Supervisor renewal period. Additionally, all newly privileged LMFT Supervisors and LMFT Supervisor Candidates are required to complete the course and pass the exam within
one year of approval as a LMFT-S or LMFT-SC. All LMFTs may obtain 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) toward their LMFT license renewal for successful completion of the course and exam. These 1.5 CEHs MAY NOT be counted toward the six CEHs in clinical MFT supervision for renewal of the LMFT-S or LMFT-SC supervisory privileges.

As of November 8th, 2013, the Board has approved the following list of licensed mental health professionals (LMHPs) as eligible to meet the requirements as outlined Chapter 7, Section 705(A)(6). Please direct any inquiries regarding this rule to the Board office.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs)
Licensed Addiction Counselors (LACs) Licensed Psychologists
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) Medical Psychologists
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) Psychiatrists

As a courtesy to our licensees and registrants, we have decided to post the “strikethrough version” of the Board rules promulgated on July 20th, 2013. Given the large number of rule changes, we want every registrant and licensee to have an opportunity to clearly determine what areas of the rules were changed.

Underlined language is new language; while “struck through” language was deleted from Board rules, effective July 20th, 2013. When reviewing this document, please note language not listed or recognized only as ellipses (…) was language left unchanged by the rules promulgated on July 20th, 2013. A current version of all Board rules is available on the Board website—including all rule changes identified in the “strikethrough version” and effective July 20th, 2013. Please contact the Board office with any questions.

Effective November 1st, all Counselor Interns are subject to a new policy related to practice setting changes. All LPC Supervisors and Counselor Interns are strongly encouraged to read this policy statement immediately. Please contact the Board office with any questions.

At the July 19th Board meeting, the Board unanimously voted on a policy statement regarding the American Counseling Association's policy on Conversion/Reparative Therapy. Please review the policy statement here.

The policy statement regarding the registration and supervision of interns released September 21st, 2012 has been revised for clarification purposes.  Specifically, please be advised that all interns must remain under active supervision until licensed, even in the instance that the intern has completed the minimum requirement of 3000 supervised experience hours and/or passed the national exam.

To apply for expedited processing of your application, please complete the Application for Expedited Processing and submit an additional fee of $50. Please note that in order to qualify for expedited review, you must submit a completed application (i.e. for licensure, etc.) with your expedited application and fee. Applicants who choose expedited review will receive a response from Board staff within 5 business days of receipt of a completed application. Please be advised that all applicants whom Board staff determines should be denied or reviewed by the Board must be presented to the Board at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. Therefore, a verdict of denial may not be achieved within 5 business days of receipt of all application materials for expedited processing. Those applicants whom Board staff determines may be approved will receive notification of approval within 5 business days.

PAP (Professional Assistance Program): The Board has established a PAP Committee to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare of Louisiana citizens and to help anyone interning, licensed, certified or registered to practice as Licensed Professional Counselors, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who is impaired.  The Board recognizes that impairments in the functioning can affect the competent delivery of mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy, and impair professional judgment.  Please review Chapter 23 of the Rules for more information.

 

This website not to be used to verify license for credentialing purposes. 

This can be done by phone, fax, e-mail or US mail.

 

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Date Last Modified: 3/28/2014