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Running head: OKLAHOMA STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD1Oklahoma State Credentialing BoardStacie HollowayGrand Canyon UniversityProfessional Counseling Orientation and EthicsPCN-505Marcie BurgerSeptember 5, 2016
OKLAHOMA STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD2Oklahoma State Credentialing BoardThe goal of the majority of graduate students who are studying some form of behavioral health is to become licensed in the state they wish to practice. Each state has its own credentialing board that operates under specific authority and has its own functions, procedures, and responsibilities. The state board will provide the requirements and process for obtaining a license to practice whether it be for Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, or a Licensed Behavioral Practitioners. The board also regulates the complaintprocess, disciplinary procedures, and referrals for investigations. In the state of Oklahoma that board is called the State Board of Behavioral Health.The State Board of Behavioral Health is located at 1000 North East 10thStreet in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They are contacted by phone at 1-405-271-6030 or via their website at . Their mission is to “protect the public by promoting and enforcing laws and regulations which govern the practice of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, and Licensed Behavioral Practitioners” (State Board of Behavioral Health, 2016, p. 1). The board is appointed by the Governor with the Senate’s advice and consent and is empowered by State Statute Title 59 and Title 86. It consists of four licensed professional counselors, three licensed marital and family therapists, two licensed behavioral practitioners, and two members that have knowledge of counseling issues to represent the public (Professions and Occupations, 2016).This board meets at least two times a year but not more than four for scheduled meetings. The chair or an agreement of three members can call a special meeting if needed. The agendas consist of electing officers for chair and vice-chair, determining meeting dates and time, development of rules, reviews and recommendations, or to formally approve nonbinding
OKLAHOMA STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD3resolutions in regards to matters that were brought to the board. The board has the power to maintain the licensure and certification system as well as create, implement, and see that the standards of professional conduct are followed by the persons licensed within the state. When the standards are not followed, they have the power to contract with the appropriate state agency to investigate complaints if necessary.