The mission of the LPC Board of
Examiners is to protect the public
interest by regulating the practice of
mental health counseling, the practice
of marriage and family therapy, and the
use of the titles of Licensed
Professional Counselor (LPC) or any
similar term, Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist (LMFT), Provisional
Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC),
and Provisional Licensed Marriage and
Family Therapist (PLMFT).
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" or any
similar term. 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". Act 484 of the
2014 Legislative Session empowered the
board to provide
regulation of the practice and use of
the titles "Provisional Licensed
Professional Counselor" and "Provisional
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.
37:1101-1123. 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,
Act 173 of 2013, Act 736 of 2014, and
Act 484 of 2014.
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Information from the LA Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) about Ebola Preparedness in Louisiana is available on the DHH website. Please email DHH at Ebola@la.gov or call 1-855-LA-EBOLA (855-523-2652) for more information and with any questions about Ebola.
Pursuant to Act 484 of the 2014 Legislative Session and effective May 1, 2015, Counselor Interns are now called “Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors” (PLPCs) and MFT Interns are now called “Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists” (PLMFTs). Effective May 1, 2015, the titles “CI”, “Counselor Intern”, “MFT-Intern”, and “MFT-I” may not be used. Accordingly, the Board will no longer issue registrations. Current, active, Interns in good standing with the Board were issued provisional licenses on April 29, 2015. More information regarding PLPCs may be found in Chapter 6 of Board Rules and information for PLMFTs may be found in Chapter 33 of Board Rules. Please be advised that PLPCs and PLMFTs MUST remain under active supervision with the Board-Approved Supervisor until fully licensed as a LPC or LMFT.
LPCs renewing in 2015 must submit their renewal application, payment, CEH Audit Form, and CEH documentation (if AUDITED), and Supervisee Update Form (if a BA LPC-S) postmarked by June 30, 2015. ALL Board-Approved (BA) LPC Supervisors who are renewing their supervisor privileging designation must also submit a $50 renewal fee and 3 CEHs specific to supervision in order to renew this privileging designation. Please note that ALL BA LPC Supervisors must submit the Supervisee Update Form even if NOT renewing the supervisor privileging designation. If the Board does not receive your renewal information and payment(s) postmarked by June 30, 2015, you will be required to submit proof of CEHs for renewal of your LPC license and a $50 late fee for late renewal of your LPC license. Likewise, you will be assessed a $50 late fee for late renewal of each privileging designation. The requirements for LPC Renewal are listed in Chapter 8 of Board Rules. 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. Note: You may
submit your LPC license renewal fee, Board-Approved Supervisor privileging designation renewal fee, Appraisal privileging designation renewal fee, and all late fees via our Online Store. Please submit proof of online payment with your original, signed renewal materials (mailed or hand-delivered to the Board Office).
The LPC Board welcomes our newest Board Member-Mr. Ronald "Ron" Cathey! Mr. Cathey will serve on the LPC Board and the Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee (MFTAC). Welcome, Ron! Also, we would like to announce that effective January 23, 2015, we have a new Board Chair and Vice-Chair, Dr. Laura Choate and Dr. Kathy Steele! Laura has been a dedicated Vice-Chair for several years; and we are grateful she is willing to continue to serve the Board as Board Chair! Congratulations to Laura and Kathy! We would also like to express our sincere gratefulness to our exceptional outgoing Board Chair, Dr. Gerra Perkins for her unbelievable dedication to the Board and to the protection of the public. Lastly, Ms. Penny Millhollon was reelected as Board Secretary effective January 23, 2015. Congratulations, Penny!
The LPC Board submitted substantial proposed rule changes to the LA Register in the form of a NOI or Notice of Intent for
publication in the January 20, 2015 edition of the LA Register. A copy of the NOI and a "strikethrough version" of proposed rule changes are listed on the Rulemaking Information page of the Board website. The strikethrough version of the proposed rule changes indicate proposed rule additions as underlined and proposed rule deletions as "struckthrough". Questions and
comments regarding the NOI may be submitted in writing to Mary Alice Olsan, Executive Director of the LPC Board at 8631 Summa Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70809 until 4:30 PM on February 20, 2015.
Effective July 18th, 2014, the Board issued a policy statement regarding the dissemination of Declaration of Practices and Procedures Statements or Statements of Practice by Registrants (Counselor Interns and MFT Interns) and by Licensees (LPCs and LMFTs). Please review the policy statement here.
The LMFT Supervisor Orientation Course Video, Exam, and the MFTAC Supervisor Handbook are 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.
The following is a list of licensed mental health professionals (LMHPs) who are approved by the Board as eligible to meet the requirements as outlined Chapter 6, Section 603(A)(h):
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs)
Licensed Addiction Counselors (LACs)
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)
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.
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