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Running head:STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD RESEARCH PROJECT1State Credentialing Board Research ProjectKami BethkeGrand Canyon University: PCN-505March 7, 2018
STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD RESEARCH PROJECTAs with most fields that deal with graduate studies, those who have a passion for helping others must go through extensive requirements in order to be able to do what they are passionate about. Students seeking to become licensed professional counselors (LPCs) must obtain certain qualifications and go through higher education programs which are accredited through certain professional organizations if they want to practice in the field of mental or behavioral health. Another important thing to note is that each and every state has different requirements, so it is important for a student to become familiar with the credentialing board affiliated with the state inwhich they plan to practice. Since I plan on practicing in the state of Arizona, it is imperative thatI have thorough knowledge of the state’s credentialing board, known as the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE). This would include general information about the board, it’s mission statement, the scope of regulations and disciplines that the board has and the state board’s structures which allows for it to function at a professional level. In addition, it is beneficial that I familiarize myself with the requirements for licensure in the state of Arizona along with the licensing process in order for me to be able to practice counseling in Arizona. The final important part of the state board that I need to be aware of is the steps that are taken in filing a formal complaint.The American Counseling Association defines licensed professional counselors (LPCs) as“master’s-degreed mental health service providers trained to work with individuals, families, andgroups in treating mental, behavioral and emotional problems and disorders” (ACA, 2011). Most states have similarities which require an applicant meet certain education and supervision standards in order to gain licensure for the state in which they intend to practice such as the amount of clinical supervision hours an applicant must complete along with passing grades
STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD RESEARCH PROJECTduring their graduate studies and a passing grade of the National Counselors Examination (NCE). While researching the information regarding the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, I found the board’s website to be very informative in regards to the information that Iwas looking for. According to the website, the board’s office/meeting rooms recently moved to the southwest downtown Phoenix area. The physical address is 1740 West Adams Street, Suite 3600, Phoenix, AZ 85007. The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners has a very specific mission statement which is”“To establish and maintain standards of qualifications and performance for licensed behavioral health professionals in the fields of counseling, marriage and family therapy,