Mental health counseling.
For the purposes of §§ 36-32-41 to 36-32-43, inclusive,
the practice of mental health counseling includes diagnosis and treatment of mental illness or mental
and emotional disorders; individual, group, and marriage and family counseling, and psychotherapy;
assessment; crisis intervention; counseling and consulting to facilitate normal growth and
development; psychoeducational techniques aimed at the prevention of mental and emotional
disorders; consultations to individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations, and communities;
and clinical research.
Application for licensure as professional counselor-mental health--LPC-MH
A licensed professional counselor may apply to the board for licensure as a licensed
professional counselor-mental health (LPC-MH). No person may use the designation LPC-MH
unless the person is licensed pursuant to §§ 36-32-41 to 36-32-43, inclusive.
Source: SL 1995, ch 226, § 2; SL 2014, ch 187, § 6.
36-32-42 Requirements for LPC-MH licensure.
Requirements for LPC-MH licensure.
The board shall license an applicant as a
LPC-MH if the applicant fulfills the following requirements:
Obtains licensure under this chapter as a licensed professional counselor;
Completes a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree with an emphasis in mental health
counseling from a counseling program approved by the Council for Accreditation of
Counseling and Related Educational Programs as listed in the Directory of Accredited
Programs, July 1991, or an equivalent program as demonstrated by studies in the
The general principles and practices of etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and
prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior, and the
general principles and practices for the promotion of optimal mental health;
The specific models and methods for assessing mental status and the identification
of mental illness or abnormal, deviant, or psychopathologic behavior by obtaining
appropriate behavioral data using a variety of techniques, including nonprojective
personality assessments and achievement, aptitude, and intelligence testing, and
translating findings into the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual categories, as
adopted by the board by rules promulgated pursuant to chapter 1-26;
The specific theories of psychotherapy for initiating, maintaining, and terminating
therapy with a mentally and emotionally impaired client or a client with disabilities
in a variety of settings using a variety of modalities, including crisis intervention,
brief, intermediate, and long-term modalities;
The basic classification, indications, and contraindications of the commonly
prescribed psychopharmacological medications for the purpose of identifying the
effects and side effects of prescribed psychotropic medications;
The guidelines for conducting an intake interview and mental health history for
planning and managing of client caseload; and
The specific concepts and ideas related to mental health education, outreach,
prevention, and mental health promotion;
Completes two years of clinical experience and supervision under a licensed mental health
professional after receiving a master's degree. The supervising mental health professional
must hold the highest level of licensure within that supervisor's profession. Clinical
experience must consist of two thousand hours of direct client contact in a clinical setting.
Supervision must consist of one hundred hours of direct supervision, at least fifty hours
of which shall be face-to-face. The balance may be face-to-face or by telephone
conferencing or interactive video conferencing. However, any telephone conferencing or
interactive video conferencing must be secure such that reasonable precautions have been
taken to ensure that the conference will not be intercepted or listened to by unauthorized
Passes an examination approved by the board for the purpose of assessing an applicant's
knowledge in the content areas of mental health counseling.
SL 1995, ch 226, § 3; SL 2004, ch 252, § 1; SL 2014, ch 187, § 7.
36-32-43 Promulgation of rules regarding standards for professional counselor-mental health licensu...
Promulgation of rules regarding standards for professional counselor-mental health
The board shall promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 regarding standards for
professional practice, licensing, eligibility, continuing education, ethical standards, supervision, and
examination of an applicant for and a holder of licensure as a licensed professional counselor-mental
health. The board shall set fees pursuant to chapter 1-26 of not more than one hundred fifty dollars
for examination, not more than seventy-five dollars for initial licensure, and not more than seventy-five dollars for annual renewal of licensure.
Source: SL 1995, ch 226, § 4; SL 2014, ch 187, § 8.
36-32-44 Supervision received and clinical experience accumulated for professional counselor licens...
Supervision received and clinical experience accumulated for professional
counselor licensure applied to professional counselor-mental health licensure.
in pursuit of licensure as a licensed professional counselor, if the supervising mental health
professional holds the highest level of licensure within that supervisor's profession, and clinical
experience consisting of direct client contact in a clinical setting accumulated in pursuit of licensure
as a licensed professional counselor, may be applied to fulfill the licensing requirements of a licensed
professional counselor--mental health. No more than fifty hours of such supervision and no more
than one thousand hours of such clinical experience may be applied to the licensing requirements
of a licensed professional counselor--mental health.
Source: SL 2004, ch 252, § 2; SL 2014, ch 187, § 9.
Repealed by SL 2014, ch 187, § 10.
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