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1Running head: STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD RESEARCH PROJECTState Credentialing Board Research ProjectSabrina E. QuintanaGrand Canyon University: PCN 505October 30, 2019
2STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD RESEARCH PROJECTState Credentialing Board Research ProjectBehavioral health examiners have a responsibility to thoroughly understand the credentialing and regulatory processes of becoming professionals. It is furthermore an imperativeresponsibility for behavioral health therapists to understand the guidelines set forth within the particular state(s) they wish to practice in. With this being said, there are certain topics which a counselor should be knowledgeable in based on criteria set forth by their state board. The purpose of this essay is to outline the specific regulatory processes for a counselor including imperative information of a counselor’s state board such as origination, mission, scope, and structure, as well as the governing credentials and requirements of specific positions and licensure opportunities, and even the guidelines of legal or disciplinary action taken by a state board. With this information provided, a learning or practicing counselor should understand the process of which will govern their time as a behavioral health professional and will be able to understand the regulations set forth for their particular scope of practice. State RegulationsArizona State BoardSince the author will be practicing within the state of Arizona, it is most suitable to research the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health Examiners(2013) [the Board]. The Boardhas a specific mission statement which upholds the standards of each behavioral health specialty,including marriage and family therapy, social work, substance abuse, and other fields of counseling, and regulates licensing of each behavioral health specialty for the sole protection of the public(AZBBHE, 2013). Committee and Structure
3STATE CREDENTIALING BOARD RESEARCH PROJECTThe Board consists of professional members and public entities who regulate the governing procedures and requirements of certain counseling fields. The positions within the Board include chairperson, secretary, treasurer, and public member (AZBHE, 2013). Appointed by the Governor, the Board holds specific member positions including two who are licensed in social work with at least one who is a licensed clinical social worker; two members who are licensed in counseling and at least one who is a licensed professional counselor; two members who are licensed in marriage and family therapy and at least one who is a licensed marriage and family therapist; and two members who are licensed in substance abuse counseling and at least one who is a licensed independent substance abuse counselor (AZBHE, 2018, pg. 5).