Laws in Counseling

In response to inquiries from licensees, supervisors and other interested parties, the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors confirmed that it does not have a separate opinion with respect to the provision of services electronically as such, provided that a licensee practices in a manner consistent with its training and experience. is supervised accordingly, and the means for this is not a problem. Advisors examine the differences between face-to-face and electronic communication (nonverbal and verbal cues) and how these may affect the counselling process. Advisors educate clients on how to prevent and resolve potential misunderstandings resulting from the lack of visual cues and vocal intonations in electronic communications. All states require candidates to pass a comprehensive review of counseling practice. The tests recognized by the states are as follows: Laws on the licensure of advisers can be divided into categories of practice laws and securities laws. Title laws refer to licensing laws that restrict the use of a particular title to individuals who meet educational, training and examination standards. Under title laws, individuals may engage in the practice of counseling without being licensed, but may not use the title “Chartered Professional Advisor” (or related titles set out in the Act). Practice Laws refer to licensing laws that prohibit the practice of professional advice without a licence. Therefore, acts of exercise are considered more protective of consumers than acts of title.

Almost all states have adopted practice laws for the licensing of professional advisers. A list of these States can be found in Annex H. The Panel is of the view that the practice of consulting takes place both where the consultant providing consulting services is located and where the individuals (clients) receiving services are located. In order for a person to provide counseling services in North Carolina, they must be licensed by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors or exempted under the Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors Act. On this basis, if a North Carolina licensed person provides services electronically to a client outside the state, it is the counselor`s responsibility to ensure that the advisor complies with the laws and regulations of the other state. Licensees are encouraged to read the North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors Act and Section H of the ACA Code of Ethics (2014). All legislation that establishes licensing or certification requirements for consultants provides an exemption from admission for certain groups. Generally exempt groups: 1. Professional members admitted by other laws 2. Students enrolled in graduate programs working under supervision 3. Members of the clergy in the exercise of their religious functions in relation to a denomination 4.

Employees of federal, state and local authorities acting in an official capacity 5. Lawyers It is also important to note that approval of LPCs is exempt from approval or certification of school counselors or addiction counsellors are separated. For more information about the school board, contact your state Department of Education or call the American Counseling Association at 1-800-347-6647, X354 and request publication in A Guide to State Laws & Regulations on Professional School Counseling. This publication is free for ACA members and costs $10 for non-members. For certification requirements for addiction counselors, please visit the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information website at to order a free copy of SAMHSA`s A National Review of State Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs and Certification Standards for Substance Abuse Counselors and Prevention Professionals. In the United States, several different titles are used to identify professional advisors. Although the consulting profession has approved LPC as a recommended title, the following are the most common: Why is the word “clinical” added to the licence title? The bill requires clinical courses, experience and testing. The inclusion of the word “clinic” is consistent with the laws of other states and clarifies the type of consultants that this law allows. Other states with these requirements use titles such as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Professional Mental Health Counselor, and Certified Mental Health Clinical Counselor. All states require advisors to conduct themselves ethically, in accordance with generally accepted standards of practice. Several states specifically require counselors to adhere to the American Counseling Association`s code of ethics, which was last revised and updated in 2014. A list of these conditions is set out in Annex I.

For more information on the CAA Code of Ethics, please visit the CAA website at Which consultants are covered? The licence is intended to cover the general practice of counselling. It is not intended to cover specialties certified by national organizations, similar to other professions such as medicine. It will cover Certified Professional Clinical Counsellors (CILs) who provide psychotherapy. It is illegal to practice professional clinical counselling as defined in the bill or to use the title of licensed licensed professional clinical counsellor. States require licence applicants to obtain a master`s degree in counselling; Many require specific courses. The majority of states require individuals to complete 60 semester-hours of graduate study, including at least a 48-semester master`s degree. All states require that advisory graduate programs be accredited, either by a council-specific accrediting body or by a regional higher education accrediting body. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is an independent organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation that accredits master`s programs in mental health counseling and other counseling specialties. Many states require that counseling degrees for admissions applicants include a program based on the CACREP model, although full accreditation by CACREP is not required. CACREP accredited consulting programs require courses in eight main areas, as well as a supervised practicum and an internship. For more information or to view a list of CACPA accredited advisory programs, visit the CARCP website in