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 may 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. For the applicant that elects to receive the temporary permit, please complete and submit the designated form found within the application packet materials. Please note, an applicant cannot be approved for the Temporary Permit until after they have applied for licensure and have been approved to take the NCE by the Credentialing Committee.
Effective July 1, 2017 the LPC & LMFT shall complete 2 hrs. of CE related to the mental health conditions specific to veterans and their families. Approved trainings for this new requirement will include "VA APPROVED" after the training title in the CE calendar found at the Approved CE tab. The LPC may instead complete this training via NBCC or ACA Approved CE that meet the following criteria: Training specific to veterans and family members of veterans may include, but not be limited to, inquiring about whether clients are veterans or family members of veterans; screening for conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder; readjustment issues; risk of suicide and prevention of suicide; military sexual assault; and depression and grief.
LPC LICENSE RENEWAL:
All LPC licenses expired 6/30/2017. Per Series 3, LPC License Renewal and Continuing Education Rule: 3.9 All licenses not renewed by the renewal date each renewal cycle shall expire. Any individual who has not renewed his or her license and who continues to practice after his or her license has been expired will be deemed guilty of unlicensed practice.