Licensure and Certification. The NCE is the required testing for a licensed professional counselor in Idaho. Idaho requires t he National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) for a LCPC license. Some states require both examinations and others allow the applicant the choice of the NCE or the NCMHCE. Either exam can also be taken to gain the NCC certification. This certification is for counselors who wish to add another level of profession to their credentials. The National Certified Counselor is a “premier counseling board certification.” (State, 2020) This certification is in addition to a license. The certification shows the public and other professionals the counselor has met an even higher set of standards in order to better themselves and their ability to work as a professional counselor. The certification also increases the counselor’s opportunity to advance in their careers and salary. (State, 2020) With so many licenses and requirements, the Idaho Licensing Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapist must also be in charge of disciplinary actions and complaints filed against the counselor or therapist. Filing a complaint for the consumer is a simple process. The IBOL website has a link to file a complaint. The person filing the complaint can print out the form and then fax it to the number listed or submit the form online. The board requires such information as name, address, phone, date the event happened in which they are filing the complaint, and evidence or information that would aid in an investigation by the investigative unit. The Idaho State Bar includes a few options for the person filing a complaint. They can contact the Better Business Bureau to help with a dispute against a business or agency.
STATE CREDENTIALING 5 The person can file a small claims suit against the counselor if its under $5000 or contact the bar for help with a private lawsuit. As a counselor, dealing with a complaint can be one of worst and most dreaded parts of their career. The IBOL website states a counselor always has the right to consult with an attorney in the event they have a complaint filed against them. According to the IBOL website, the complaint is usually filed from an outside agency such as Department of Health and Welfare. The
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