Board for Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapists
The Board for Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists was created in 1984 by the State Legislature. Effective January 1, 1998 a clinical pastoral therapy component was added to this Board. The Board is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans, by requiring that all who practice professional counseling, marital and family therapy, and
clinical pastoral therapy within this state be qualified. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is authorized to issue a license or certificate to qualified applicants who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Board is also responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules, and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violation.
Professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists may be licensed by either examination or endorsement from other states.
The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Renewal notices are mailed from the Board's administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licensees are responsible for
reviewing their license on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. If a licensee has “opted in” to receive renewal notification via email, an email will be sent out to the licensee reminding them to renew their license approximately forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration date. Licenses can be renewed on-line seventy (70) days prior to expiration.
The Board consists of five (5) members appointed by the Governor to serve five (5) year terms. The Tennessee Association for Counseling and Development, the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Tennessee Association of Pastoral
Therapists each may provide the Governor with a list of four (4) candidates from which to fill vacant positions. One (1) position is a consumer member. A quorum of three (3) members is required to conduct business. The meetings are open to the public and are streamed live so those who are unable to attend physically may watch through the internet.
- Tennessee/Kentucky Reciprocity Agreement for Licensure
- How to Upgrade to Mental Health Service Provider Status
- Proposed Fact Sheet on Types of Licensure
- Background Checks Required for Those Providing Patient Care
- Volunteer for Mass Emergency Clinics
- Legislative Updates
- Criminal Background Check Required for New Applications