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.
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UPDATE CONTACT INFORMATION: If there are any changes to the 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. Per Board Rules, this shall be submitted within 30 days of any change to your information. Thank you.
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.
Please note: For the new applicant for licensure, a form requesting the temporary permit is included within the Application for LPC and LMFT License. For the applicant for licensure who was previously approved and is currently taking the required examination, you may request the form for a temporary permit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 begins on July 1, 2017. Approved trainings for this new requirement are included at the Approved CE tab.