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 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

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Our mission is to protect the public interest by regulating the practice of mental health counseling and use of the title of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.

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". 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”. 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—effective May 1st, 2015.


Licensee Alert

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.

Ebola Preparedness

Information from the LA Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) about Ebola Preparedness in Louisiana is available on the DHH website. Please email DHH at Ebola@la.gov or call 1-855-LA-EBOLA (855-523-2652) for more information and with any questions about Ebola.

The LPC Board welcomes our newest Board Member-Mr. Ronald "Ron" Cathey! Mr. Cathey will serve on the LPC Board and the Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee (MFTAC).  Welcome, Ron! Also, we would like to announce that effective January 23, 2015, we have a new Board Chair and Vice-Chair, Dr. Laura Choate and Dr. Kathy Steele! Laura has been a dedicated Vice-Chair for several years; and we are grateful she is willing to continue to serve the Board as Board Chair! Congratulations to Laura and Kathy! We would also like to express our sincere gratefulness to our exceptional outgoing Board Chair, Dr. Gerra Perkins for her unbelievable dedication to the Board and to the protection of the public. Lastly, Ms. Penny Millhollon was reelected as Board Secretary effective January 23, 2015. Congratulations, Penny!

The LPC Board submitted substantial proposed rule changes to the LA Register in the form of a NOI or Notice of Intent for
publication in the January 20, 2015 edition of the LA Register. A copy of the NOI and a "strikethrough version" of proposed rule changes are listed on the Rulemaking Information page of the Board website. The strikethrough version of the proposed rule changes indicate proposed rule additions as underlined and proposed rule deletions as "struckthrough". Questions and
comments regarding the NOI may be submitted in writing to Mary Alice Olsan, Executive Director of the LPC Board at 8631 Summa Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70809 until 4:30 PM on February 20, 2015.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Louisiana Professional Counselors Board of Examiners has exercised the emergency provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act, specifically R.S. 49:953(B), to adopt rules relative to continuing education for LMFTs in diagnosis and to revise Section 3503 of Board Rules. This emergency rule is effective November 20th, 2014 for a period of 120 days. This action is
necessary to ensure Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists obtain the appropriate continuing education to be in compliance with Act 736 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session. The Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners is in the process of developing the permanent rule associated with Act 736 of the 2014 Regular Legislative Session and will revise Section 3503 as part of this larger rule change. All LMFTs will be notified prior to their next renewal date of this new continuing education requirement.

Effective July 18th, 2014, the Board issued a policy statement regarding the dissimination 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.

Chapter 8, Section 803(A) of Board Rules requires all LPCs to obtain 6 clock hours in “diagnosis” under the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders each renewal period. As of July 18th, 2014, the Board clarified via a Board motion that “diagnosis” CEHs may be specific to the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of a specific condition (e.g. “Treating PTSD”) or general CEHs in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment (e.g. “DSM-5 Overview”).

The LMFT Supervisor Orientation Course Video, Exam, and the MFTAC Supervisor Handbook are available on the Board website. Successful completion of this course is required by all LMFT Supervisors (LMFT-S) and LMFT Supervisor Candidates (LMFT-SC) before each LMFT Supervisor renewal period. Additionally, all newly privileged LMFT Supervisors and LMFT Supervisor Candidates are required to complete the course and pass the exam within one year of approval as a LMFT-S or LMFT-SC. All LMFTs may obtain 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) toward their LMFT license renewal for successful completion of the course and exam. These 1.5 CEHs MAY NOT be counted toward the six CEHs in clinical MFT supervision for renewal of the LMFT-S or LMFT-SC supervisory privileges.

As of November 8th, 2013, the Board has approved the following list of licensed mental health professionals (LMHPs) as eligible to meet the requirements as outlined Chapter 7, Section 705(A)(6). Please direct any inquiries regarding this rule to the Board office.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs)
Licensed Addiction Counselors (LACs) Licensed Psychologists
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) Medical Psychologists
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) Psychiatrists

Effective November 1st, 2013 all Counselor Interns are subject to a new policy related to practice setting changes. All LPC Board-Approved Supervisors and Counselor Interns are strongly encouraged to read this policy statement. Please contact the Board office with any questions.

To apply for expedited processing of your application, please complete the Application for Expedited Processing and submit an additional fee of $50. Please note that in order to qualify for expedited review, you must submit a completed application (i.e. for licensure, etc.) with your expedited application and fee. Applicants who choose expedited review will receive a response from Board staff within 5 business days of receipt of a completed application. Please be advised that all applicants whom Board staff determines should be denied or reviewed by the Board must be presented to the Board at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting. Therefore, a verdict of denial may not be achieved within 5 business days of receipt of all application materials for expedited processing. Those applicants whom Board staff determines may be approved will receive notification of approval within 5 business days.

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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Date Last Modified: 2/4/2015