State Credentialing Project

State Credentialing Project - Running head STATE...

This preview shows page 1 - 4 out of 9 pages.

Running head: STATE CREDENTIALING 1 State Credentialing Board Research Project Grand Canyon University: PCN-505 June 15, 2016 State Credentialing Board Research Project
Image of page 1

Subscribe to view the full document.

STATE CREDENTIALING 2 According to the National Board for Certified Counselors (2016), “a state license is literally permission from a particular state to practice counseling or to call oneself a licensed counselor”. Some states require a single license and others have a two-tiered system (NBCC, 2016). The names of state licenses differ from state to state but the most common titles are: “Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)” (NBCC, 2016). The purpose of a state licensure is “to protect the public by defining practitioners who can legally use the title of a licensed counselor and/or who can provide counseling services in a particular state” (NBCC, 2016). State boards have been formed for each state in order to ensure that all counselors are practicing under a current license as well as meet all state requirements. This summary will explore the state board of Tennessee. The state board of Tennessee is known as the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists, and Licensed Pastoral Therapists (Tennessee Department of Health, 2015). It is located at the Heritage Place Metro Center which is located on 665 Mainstream Drive (2 nd floor) in Nashville, Tennessee (NBCC, 2016). This board was created in 1984 by the State Legislature and the clinical pastoral therapy component was added January 1, 1998 (Tennessee Department of Health, 2015). The mission of the Tennessee State Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists, and Licensed Pastoral Therapists is to safeguard “the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans, by requiring that all who practice professional counseling, marital and family therapy, and clinical pastoral therapy within this state be qualified” (Tennessee Department of Health, 2015). “The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct” (Tennessee Department of Health,
Image of page 2
STATE CREDENTIALING 3 2015). The Tennessee Department of Health (2015) states that “the Board is authorized to issue a license or certificate to qualified applicants who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations”. The Board has a responsibility to investigate “alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules” and discipline “licensees who are guilty of such violation” (Tennessee Department of Health, 2015). The Tennessee Department of Health (2015) states that “the Board consists of five (5) members appointed by the Governor to serve five (5) year terms”. “The Tennessee Association for Counseling and Development, the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the
Image of page 3

Subscribe to view the full document.

Image of page 4
  • Winter '16
  • Laura Pipoly
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern