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).
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.
Do you know what information is on the Internet about you? Are you listed on a health solutions or health finder website? We have recently learned that there is misinformation posted about licensees on the Internet. If you find information that is incorrect, please note that it is your responsibility to make a good faith effort to correct any errors.
LMFTs renewing by December 31, 2017 must submit a completed, original, signed renewal application payment or proof of payment, CEH Audit Form, and CEH documentation (if AUDITED), and Supervisee Update Form (if a LMFT-S or LMFT-SC) to the Board office postmarked by December 31, 2017. All Board-Approved LMFT Supervisors must also submit 6 CEHs in clinical MFT supervision and a $100 privileging designation renewal fee to renew this credential. The requirements for LMFT Renewal are listed in Chapter 35 of Board Rules. If you have a new work address or any other applicable changes, please remember to also submit an updated Declaration of Practice and Procedures Statement with your renewal application materials. Also, remember you can submit your renewal payment online via our Online Store. Please contact the Board Office with any questions.
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):
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs)
Licensed Addiction Counselors (LACs)
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)
PAP (Professional Assistance Program): The Board has established a PAP Committee to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare of Louisiana citizens and to help anyone interning, licensed, certified or registered to practice as Licensed Professional Counselors, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists who is impaired. The Board recognizes that impairments in the functioning can affect the competent delivery of mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy, and impair professional judgment. Please review Chapter 23 of the Rules for more information.
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