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The mission of the LPC Board of Examiners is to protect the public interest by regulating 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).
Mental Health Counselor Licensing Act
The Mental Health Counselor Licensing Act was passed in 1987 via Act 892 to provide for the regulation of the practice of mental health counseling in the state of Louisiana and to provide for the regulation of the use of the title Licensed Professional Counselor or any similar term. In 2001 via Act 1195, the Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee was established to regulate the use of the title Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist . Act 484 of the 2014 Legislative Session empowered the board to provide regulation of the practice and use of the titles Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor and Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist . The Louisiana law is found in Chapter 13 of Title 37 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes and comprises R.S. 37:1101-1123. Chapter 13 was amended by Act 225 of 1988, Act 415 of 1989, Act 376 of 1992, Act 544 of 1993, Act 1301 of 1995, Act 834 of 1997, Act 72 and Act 1159 of 1999, Act 1195 of 2001, Act 1139 of 2003, Act 206 of 2007, Act 311 of 2009, Act 613 of
2010, Act 320 of 2011, Act 636 of 2012, Act 173 of 2013, Act 736 of 2014, and Act 484 of 2014.
LPC BOARD UPDATES
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Any former Counselor Intern or MFT-Intern who was issued a PLPC or PLMFT provisional license on May 1, 2015 must renew his/her provisional license(s) by October 31, 2017. Additionally, any individual who was approved as a PLPC or PLMFT during calendar year 2015 must renew his/her provisional license(s) by October 31, 2017. Renewal reminder postcards, indicating whether or not you were audited, were mailed out on August 4th. Renewal applications are available via the links below. Please also review Chapters 6 (PLPC) and 33 (PLMFT) of Board Rules for additional information.
Pursuant to Act 484 of the 2014 Legislative Session and effective May 1, 2015, Counselor Interns are now called “Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors” (PLPCs) and MFT Interns are now called “Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists” (PLMFTs). Effective May 1, 2015, the titles “CI”, “Counselor Intern”, “MFT-Intern”, and “MFT-I” may not be used. Accordingly, the Board will no longer issue registrations. Current, active, Interns in good standing with the Board were issued provisional licenses on April 29, 2015. More information regarding PLPCs may be found in Chapter 6 of Board Rules and information for PLMFTs may be found in Chapter 33 of Board Rules. Please be advised that PLPCs and PLMFTs MUST remain under active supervision with the Board-Approved Supervisor until fully licensed as a LPC or LMFT.
Effective July 18th, 2014, the Board issued a policy statement regarding the dissemination of Declaration of Practices and Procedures Statements or Statements of Practice by Registrants (Counselor Interns and MFT Interns) and by Licensees (LPCs and LMFTs). Please review the policy statement here.
The following is a list of licensed mental health professionals (LMHPs) who are approved by the Board as eligible to meet the requirements as outlined Chapter 6, Section 603(A)(h):