I am on the list of LPC CPCS Certified Professional Clinical Supervisors and offer remote distance and telemental health counselor supervision for Associate APC in Jesup, Georgia and the surrounding area. As Composite Board President I reviewed over 7000 LPC applications and provide LPC telesupervision to Jesup and nearby counselors. I am happy to provide this unique and exciting service as I am aware of the drastic shortage of Georgia approved clinical supervisors and directed experience work settings acceptable to the board in your area. Call now 404-985-6785 to schedule as I provide free customized LAPC license evaluations are available by phone. Sweeping changes to Georgia LPC SW and MFT law were enacted in 2016 with the passing of SB 319. You will find this free distance supervision consultation to be helpful for understanding whether LPC can legally diagnose in Georgia and perform psychological testing. Particularly, sometimes this info doesn’t reach rural North and South Georgia and I am happy to share it. I sometimes provide CEU workshops and training in your area and will soon have online courses you can take from the comfort of your own home, on the beach or anywhere in the country..
There are many other state’s designations for the general licensing of mental health counselors. For example, licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC), licensed mental health counselors (LMHC), and requirements differ as well on who supervises or who is an approved supervisor toward licensure under their state laws. Regardless of designation, these licensees provide similar services: offering or promoting psychological health and wellness and addressing and treating issues that may compound alcohol and drug misuse. (Mental illness and addiction impacts millions of Americans and the majority of services are provided by masters level LPC, SW and MFT ‘s.) A vital goal in clinical supervision is supervisee development. In fact Georgia composite board licensure rules 135-5-.01 state, “The purpose of supervision is to promote the development of the practitioner’s clinical skills.” The ideal goal is to create expert mental health clinicians in areas they choose to specialize.
Work settings where an LAPC can obtain supervision towards licensure include residential treatment facilities with treatment teams that provide intense care and use other psychological and behavioral approaches to improving emotional and psychological struggles and mental conditions. An LAPC may also obtain their supervision in a private practice setting. It is critical that you read the composite board rules around acceptable work settings, but in ALL cases practice must occur under both direction and supervision simultaneously. Clearly state your job duties on the license application Directed Experience form. Be explicit that you are performing psychotherapeutic interventions. *If you are a social worker or marriage and family therapist, please note that licensing requirements and approved supervisors will differ (LMSW, LCSW, AMFT, MFT).*
Your graduate degree must also be from a board accredited school which includes practicum internship on-site training. Please review carefully Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists Chapter 135-5 paragraph 8, “Program Primarily Counseling in Content” to determine if your graduate degree is properly accredited.
GA Board rules define supervision as “…the direct clinical review, for the purpose of training or teaching, by a supervisor of a Professional Counselor ‘s interaction with their clients. GA rule 135-5-.01 states the purpose of supervision is “…promote the development of the practitioner’s clinical skills.” it is important you read the rules carefully particularly the definitions section of the GA Board Rules. In any case, there are at least six types of licensed mental health professionals who provide independent psychotherapy in the U.S.– LMHC, LPCC, MFCC, LEP, licensed addiction counselors, and so on.
Licensed Professional Counselors are governed by a strict board code of ethics when they deal with clients, other associations and institutions. Client records and information must be guarded in strict confidentiality and not discussed with anyone. A breach of confidentiality can lead to a LPC losing their license– and obviously jeopardize the mental health and well-being of the client.
Mental health professionals are regulated by state government, code and law. Each state in the nation has different ranges of allowed activities or “scope of practice”. State licensing boards ensure that measures for public and consumer protections are enforced .
If an LPC is additionally a participant of an expert professional association or organization or has actually obtained extra qualifications and credentials, they are usually bound to codes of ethics and principles of that specialist organization or accreditation body of which they are members. In Georgia, the only code of ethics that governs license regulation is rules chapter 135-5-7 “Code of Ethics”. First and foremost, adhere to that particular ethics to prevent having your license suspended or revoked.
Worth noting is that LPC (or some variant, LCPC, LMHC, and so on) licensure is required in 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Most all of these states and territories call for a master’s degree, masters specialist degree, or doctorate or PhD in a program primarily counseling in content. Passing a nationwide exam, such as the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and/or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) is usually required. So even if your location isn’t Georgia, LPCs need clinical supervision.
Due to limited expert qualified Georgia LPC clinical supervisors statewide and the need for online continuing education courses, I provide Clinical Supervision for LPCs to Jesup supervisees.