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.
NEWS & UPDATES
Temporary Permit: Effective July 4, 2017, the WVBEC will be permitted to issue a temporary permit to those applicants that qualify. The purpose of the temporary permit is to allow the applicant for licensure, who has been approved to take the required examination, the ability to work in a counseling position while they are taking the examination. The permit is only valid for 6 months and may not be renewed. Supervision by an ALPS is required while practicing under the temporary permit. Please click here to read the requirements for the temporary permit that are outlined in SB 350. More information will be included on the website and an email will be sent to all Licensees and ALPS before the effective date.
WVBEC's proposed rule changes were approved during the 2017 Legislative Session. Please click here to be redirected to the "WVBEC 2016 Proposed Rule Changes". Once the rules are Final Filed with the Secretary of State's office an 'effective date', as determined by the Board at the June 2, 2017 meeting, will be included. A 'clean' copy of the rules will be included at the 'Board Rules' tab at that time.
The new LPC & LMFT Continuing Education requirement for completing 2 hrs. of CE related to the mental health conditions specific to veterans and their families does not begin until after July 1, 2017. More information will be provided prior to the effective date.
Please ensure WVBEC has your current email address. You may complete and submit the Update Contact Information Form with your update. Please fax your completed form to 304-558-5496 or mail to the board address.
If there are any changes to licensee's or applicant's email address or other contact information, including employment information, please 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. Thank you.
Please allow up to 5-7 business days for a response to all board correspondences. We thank you in advance for your patience.
Please check back periodically for important notices and updates.
Last updated 4.27.17
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