The Audacity of Privilege

The Messengers Today I had an exchange with a black woman who is a fellow counselor. In our dialogue she made a statement aligned with a very privileged perspective. My initial reaction was shock. But then when I considered the limited information I had about this fellow counselor and her apparent limited information about me, … Read more

Counseling Licensure Examination in GA

One Exam, One License to Practice A few years ago there was an effort to require the NCE (National Counseling Exam) for the Associate Professional Counselor status and the NCMHCE (National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam) for the Licensed Professional Counselor designation. Ultimately this measure did not stand because it would mean applicants were being … Read more

Becoming a Professional Counselor

Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists I often hear from people considering entering the field of mental health. Generally speaking, the people I hear from are changing professions or they extending their career from a related professional background¬†in education, social services or the non-profit sector. They are interested in advisement about which field … Read more

GA Senate Bill 319- Diagnosis for Counselors

The Right to Diagnose Many of my peers and colleagues were surprised to know that Licensed Professional Counselors in Georgia did not have a legal right to diagnose those with mental health disorders in the state of Georgia prior to last year’s battle by the Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association (LPCA-GA) to pass a bill into … Read more