Pursuant to Sections 4.38.(b) and (d) of SB 704, the Board has determined that, due to the impacts of the coronavirus, it is in the public interest, including the public health, safety, and welfare and the economic well-being of the citizens and businesses of the State, to extend the following deadlines:
Please note that these extensions do not affect any other deadlines or renewal periods as stated in the North Carolina Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors Act or the Board’s Administrative Rules.
The following Licensure Renewal procedures apply to LCMHC Associates, LCMHCs, and LCMHC Supervisors. Renewals may be submitted as early as January 1st of the renewal year. Licensee shall complete all requirements before renewal can be issued. Deadline for receipt of renewal is June 20th of the renewal year.
Checklist if you are not selected for audit:
Additional Checklist if you are selected for audit:
Continuing education training provided by one of the following national organizations, their affiliates or by a vendor approved by one of the following organizations shall be approved:
Continuing education training provided by one of the following national organizations, their affiliates or by a vendor approved by one of the following organizations shall be approved for no more than 15 contact hours for any given renewal period.
Continuing education is required for the renewal of licenses to ensure that LCMHCAs, LCMHCs, and LCMHCSs maintain their professional knowledge and competency in the field of counseling. Continuing education activities appropriate for the purpose of license renewal are those that are directed toward professionals in the mental health field and that focus on increasing knowledge and skills in the practice of counseling in one or more of the following content areas:
(See pages 4 and 5 for documentation requirements)
Continuing Education Training
Graduate or Doctoral Level Academic Credit in Counseling or a Counseling Related Subject
Doctoral Level Academic Credit for work done towards the completion of a Dissertation in a Counseling or Counseling Related Subject (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Publication Activities for articles written by the licensee and published in peer reviewed journals, editing of a chapter in a book based on counseling or counseling related material, or authoring or co-authoring a published book on counseling or counseling related material ( maximum = 10 contact hours)
Clinical Supervised Practice for actual clock hours of direct practice (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Leadership Positions (maximum = 10 contact hours)
Presenter (licensee presented a program) (maximum = 5 contact hours)
If documentation for continuing education is not clearly identifiable as dealing with counseling, the Board shall request a written description of the continuing education and how it applies to the professional practice of counseling. If the Board determines that the training is not appropriate, the individual shall be given 45 days from the date of notification to replace the hours not approved. Those hours shall be considered replacement hours and cannot be applied to the next renewal period.
LCMHCAs, LCMHCs and LCMHCSs who are unable to provide documentation of sufficient continuing counselor education activities to renew their license have the following options:
If your license expires on June 30, 2020 you must cease the practice of counseling until the license has been renewed. Failure to renew by June 30, 2021 means that a license shall be issued only upon re-application and all current licensure requirements apply to the new application.
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