Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) Update

By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

Counseling questions

Counseling questions.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com

More about LPCC’s and LMFT’s.

Interest in California’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) program is noticeable on the Web. I was surprised that a couple of short, mostly personal posts about the LPCC license received as many hits as they did. I realize now that I also forgot to mention CALPCC, the organization for LPCC’s. Briefly, this is a counseling specialty that is now licensed in all 50 states. Surprisingly enough California was the last of the 50 U. S. States to license LPCC’s.

Had this been an option when I enrolled in my degree program, it is the one I would have chosen. I am glad that I took the training as a Marriage and Family Therapist now that I have done it. But now that LPCC’s are licensed I completed my original plan and took that exam and became licensed as an LPCC also.

The posts about LPCC’s can be found at LPCC exam is behind me!

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) in California

Some of the searches were about study courses for the exam and about pass rates. Since my license issued 4/17/2012 is number 15, it would appear that so far about one person per week is getting through the Gap exam which is being given to LMFT’s and LCSW’s who chose to test for the LPCC license also.

I feel sure that there will be study classes for this exam offered by the same companies that offer study classes for the LMFT and LCSW exams. Only time will tell how useful those classes will be.

For more information on the California, LPCC license check out the information at the Board of Behavioral Sciences website.

LMFT’s who are choosing to take the gap exam and become licensed as both MFT’s and LPCC’s should already know about the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – CAMFT

For information on CALPCC – the organization for LPCC’s see:

Questions and comments about Counseling, Therapy, LMFT’s, LPCC’s and recovery and resiliency are always welcome.

Staying connected with David Joel Miller

Seven David Joel Miller Books are available now!

My newest book is now available. It was my opportunity to try on a new genre. I’ve been working on this book for several years, but now seem like the right time to publish it.

Story Bureau.

Story Bureau is a thrilling Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic adventure in the Surviving the Apocalypse series.

Baldwin struggles to survive life in a post-apocalyptic world where the government controls everything.

As society collapses and his family gets plunged into poverty, Baldwin takes a job in the capital city, working for a government agency called the Story Bureau. He discovers the Story Bureau is not a benign news outlet but a sinister government plot to manipulate society.

Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.

Dark Family Secrets: Doris wants to get her life back, but small-town prejudice could shatter her dreams.

Casino Robbery Arthur Mitchell escapes the trauma of watching his girlfriend die. But the killers know he’s a witness and want him dead.

Planned Accidents  The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.

Letters from the Dead: The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.

What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead, and you could be next?

Sasquatch. Three things about us, you should know. One, we have seen the past. Two, we’re trapped there. Three, I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to our own time.

For these and my upcoming books; please visit my Author Page – David Joel Miller

Want the latest blog posts as they publish? Subscribe to this blog.

For videos, see: Counselorssoapbox YouTube Video Channel

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) in California

By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

Counseling questions

Counseling questions.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com

LPCC’s off to a slow start.

LPCC licenses are being issued. My notice arrived in the mail this week. My license number LPC-15.

I had expected a much higher number. My Marriage and Family Therapist license is number 45390. I feel sure the number of Licensed Clinical Social Workers is a lot higher than that.

We sure seem to be off to a slow start. But when I consider that California is the last state to begin to license LPCC’s or any other kind of Professional Counselor it is not surprising that there are so few to start. I think there is a difference in the things the two specialties do and so evidently does the licensing board.

The differences between the professions are the reason why I elected to apply and test for a second license despite having my LMFT license. To those of you outside California, this probably all sounds a lot strange.

The growing recognition that mental health is a vitally important field and we need a lot more practitioners has resulted in the creation of new specialties and licenses. The names and the regulations vary a lot from state to state and country to country.

Let us only hope that the creation of more titles does not confuse the clients.

If you have questions on the various mental health professions please ask and I will try to answer them to the best of my abilities.

With the issuing of these licenses does it make sense that in California Substance Abuse Counselors are only registered not licensed? And why does it look like no one regulates “Life Coaches” despite the apparent similarities to therapy in what they say they do?

I am guessing that someone is likely to propose licensing Substance Abuse Councilors and Life Coaches soon.

Staying connected with David Joel Miller

Seven David Joel Miller Books are available now!

My newest book is now available. It was my opportunity to try on a new genre. I’ve been working on this book for several years, but now seem like the right time to publish it.

Story Bureau.

Story Bureau is a thrilling Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic adventure in the Surviving the Apocalypse series.

Baldwin struggles to survive life in a post-apocalyptic world where the government controls everything.

As society collapses and his family gets plunged into poverty, Baldwin takes a job in the capital city, working for a government agency called the Story Bureau. He discovers the Story Bureau is not a benign news outlet but a sinister government plot to manipulate society.

Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.

Dark Family Secrets: Doris wants to get her life back, but small-town prejudice could shatter her dreams.

Casino Robbery Arthur Mitchell escapes the trauma of watching his girlfriend die. But the killers know he’s a witness and want him dead.

Planned Accidents  The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.

Letters from the Dead: The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.

What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead, and you could be next?

Sasquatch. Three things about us, you should know. One, we have seen the past. Two, we’re trapped there. Three, I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to our own time.

For these and my upcoming books; please visit my Author Page – David Joel Miller

Want the latest blog posts as they publish? Subscribe to this blog.

For videos, see: Counselorssoapbox YouTube Video Channel

LPCC exam is behind me!

Counseling questions

Counseling questions.
Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com

I passed! The LPCC (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor) gap exam is behind me. Yes, I have been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist for some time, but becoming an LPCC has been on my “to-do list” ever since California began the process of licensing LPCC’s. So with one license why did I want another?

California is the last of the fifty states to license LPCC’s. Some states have other names for this specialty but the things we do, called scope of practice, are about the same. Social workers have been around for a long time, so have guidance counselors and psychiatrists. But the use of brief psychotherapy is a relatively new trend. Mostly this area began after WWII and really took off during the 1960s. To me, that seems like yesterday.

Professional counselors, in my opinion, are uniquely qualified to work on those immediate, day-to-day problems, like job loss, recovery from financial losses, and those other bumps on life’s road that can throw someone for a loop. I like being able to help someone decide what a happy life would look like for them and then develop a plan to create that life.

While doing all this happy life work, I need to remember that the relationship problems like partners and children are also among the things that can derail a life plan. Marriage and Family Therapists get to work on building good relationships with couples and families. That kind of relationship building and repair is important work also. So I am glad I took the LMFT training and have been privileged to work with so many families and children.  Being able to do both kinds of helping activities makes me really happy.

Thanks for letting me share about my exam pass. A few more weeks and the new license should be in my mailbox.

Sorry for the shortage of posts while I was studying for the exam. In the future, I want to write more about overcoming life’s challenges and designing the kind of life you want to live while maintaining a good set of relationships with the others in your life.

Staying connected with David Joel Miller

Seven David Joel Miller Books are available now!

My newest book is now available. It was my opportunity to try on a new genre. I’ve been working on this book for several years, but now seem like the right time to publish it.

Story Bureau.

Story Bureau is a thrilling Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic adventure in the Surviving the Apocalypse series.

Baldwin struggles to survive life in a post-apocalyptic world where the government controls everything.

As society collapses and his family gets plunged into poverty, Baldwin takes a job in the capital city, working for a government agency called the Story Bureau. He discovers the Story Bureau is not a benign news outlet but a sinister government plot to manipulate society.

Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.

Dark Family Secrets: Doris wants to get her life back, but small-town prejudice could shatter her dreams.

Casino Robbery Arthur Mitchell escapes the trauma of watching his girlfriend die. But the killers know he’s a witness and want him dead.

Planned Accidents  The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.

Letters from the Dead: The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.

What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead, and you could be next?

Sasquatch. Three things about us, you should know. One, we have seen the past. Two, we’re trapped there. Three, I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to our own time.

For these and my upcoming books; please visit my Author Page – David Joel Miller

Want the latest blog posts as they publish? Subscribe to this blog.

For videos, see: Counselorssoapbox YouTube Video Channel