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SCREENING LICENSED COUNSELORS 

The following table contains information about many of the statewide contacts you can use to locate and screen a licensed conselor, and to understand the different qualifications required for various types of counselors. It is always advisable to contact the relevant licensing board of the service provider you are interested in to screen for complaints and to ensure that the provider's license is valid. Note that some counseling services are provided by non-licensed persons and may be very helpful, such as support group facilitators, faith-based counselors, and crime victim service providers. However, keep in mind that non-licensed providers do not have a licensing board monitoring them to ensure that they meet minimum qualifications, obtain continuing education, and comply with a code of ethics. If you are unsure whether your service provider is licensed, be sure to ask and find out more about their qualifications.

 

TYPE OF COUNSELOR

EDUCATION
REQUIREMENTS

LICENSING BOARD
CONTACT INFORMATION

Social Workers:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Certified Social Work Manager (CSWM)

Certified Master of Social Work (CMSW)

Certified Social Worker (CSW)

 

 

For LCSW:
DSW (Doctoral degree) or MSW (Masters) & 2 years clinical experience

 For CSWM:
DSW or MSW or BSW (Bachelors) & 2 years clinical experience

For CMSW:
DSW or MSW

For CSW:
BSW

NC Social Work Certification & Licensure Board
P.O. Box
1043
Asheboro
, NC 27204
(336) 625-1679
(800) 550-7009
www.NCSWBoard.org

 

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)

Masters degree in counseling or equivalent related graduate degree &
2 years of clinical experience

NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors
P.O.Box 1369
Garner, NC 27529
(919) 661-0820
www.ncblpc.org

Certified Marital & Family Therapists (CMFT)

Masters degree in marital & family therapy or equivalent related graduate degree & 2 years post-graduate clinical experience

NC Marital & Family Therapy Licensure Board
P.O. Box
37669
Raleigh
, NC 27627
(919) 772-6600
www.nclmft.org/nclmft

Fee-Based Pastoral Counselors

Ordained pastor & Masters or Doctoral degree of Divinity or Pastoral Counseling or equivalent graduate degree & clinical experience

NC State Board of Fee-Based Pastoral Counselors
P.O. Box
2227
Welcome, NC 27374
(336) 794-3470

Licensed Psychologists (PhD)

Doctoral degree in Psychology & 1 year post-doctoral clinical experience

NC Psychological Association
1004 Dresser Court, Suite 106
Raleigh
, NC 27609
(919) 872-1005
www.ncpsychology.com

Psychiatrists (MD)

(Note: Only psychiatrists and other physicians can prescribe medication for you.)

MD or DO & 3-4 years psychiatric residency

NC Medical Board
P.O. Box
20007
Raleigh
, NC 27619
(919) 326-1100
(800) 253-9653
www.ncmedboard.org

Substance Abuse Counselors:

 

Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)

 

Certified Clinical Addiction Specialist (CCAS)

 

Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)

 

Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant (CSAPC)

 

 

 

 

 

Certified Substance Abuse Residential Facility Director (CSARFD)

 

 

 

For CSAC:
3 years treatment facility experience & 270 hours of training in substance abuse counseling; 12 hours of HIV/AIDS education; &  6 hours of ethics education

 

For CCAS:
Masters degree in a human services field & 2 years supervised experience

 

For CCS:
2 years as CSAC or CCAS & Masters degree in a human services field

 

For CSAPC:
Bachelors degree & 2 years experience; or 3 years experience, 270 hours substance abuse & HIV/AIDS education, & 300 hours of supervised experience

 

For CSARFD:
CSARFD certification & 50 hours of training & must already be a certified counselor

NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board
P.O. Box
10126
Raleigh
, NC 27605
(919) 832-0975
www.ncsappb.org

 

 

Jennifer Brobst, Legal Director & Tamsin Woolley, NCCU Intern                                    rev. 6/29/10
Center for Child and Family Health (www.ccfhnc.org)                                                                               

 

 

 
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