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Running head: STATE CREDENTIALING1State Credentialing Board Research ProjectShelanda R. GrayGrand Canyon University: PCN-505March 07, 2015
STATE CREDENTIALINGState Credentialing Board Research ProjectCounseling has become a much-needed service in the United States with helping individuals and families with issues concerning all life spectrum. There are more than 120,000 professional counselors in the 50 states licensed under licensure laws along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (American Counseling Association, 2018). According to the National Board of Certified Counselors the counselor is required to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling (NCMHCE) for certification and licensure (NBCC, 2018). Most of the states requires both examinations or allow the individual to choose which examination to take but all states have their own requirements to fulfill. The state of choice that will be covered is Louisiana giving insight on the Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Louisiana State Board InformationThe board governing behavioral health in Louisiana is the Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. The Louisiana Licensed Professional Board of Examiners is located at 8631 Summa Avenue in Baton Rouge, LA 70809. The hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM excluding all state holidays. They can be reached by phone at 225-765-2515, fax 225-765-2514, or email at [email protected]. This board is operated under Jamie S. Doming, Executive Director, Custodian of Records, Raelene Lundin, Credentialing Specialist, Nicholas James, Administrative Assistant, Jennie Mathews, Administrative Assistant, Madeline Blocker, Data Entry Assistant and Adam Johnson, Disciplinary Case Assistant (LA LPC Board of Examiners, 2018). Mission StatementThe mission of the LPC Board of Examiners is to “protect the public interest by 2
STATE CREDENTIALINGregulating the practice of mental health counseling, the practice of marriage and family therapy, and the use of the titles of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or any similar term, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC), and Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (PLMFT)” (LA LPC Board of Examiners, 2018).