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Questions of Interest to the General Public

Q: How do I become a Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina?
A: Information provided on the http://www.ncblpc.org website.

Q: What is the difference between LPCANC and NCBLPC?
A: LPCANC stands for Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina. It is your membership association whose primary goal it is to serve you, the LPC. This is done through advocacy, legislation, marketing, and professional development events such as the annual conference and local workshops. The association consists of a board elected by you and several committees as appointed by the board. We publish a newsletter, The Counselor's Voice, three or four times a year. LPCANC is an organization you can join every year (dues vary according to the type of membership you want) and get as involved with as you like. LPCANC is your organization. You can reach the LPCANC administrative office at 888-287-1403 or lpcanc@bluestarservices.net.

NCBLPC stands for the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. This board consists of people appointed by the governor and is representative of the various fields in which LPCs work as well the congressional districts of NC. This is the board who grants your state LPC license for a fee. In addition, the function of this board is to renew your license very two years, establish standards for continuing professional counselor education, and conduct investigations and hearings. For more information about NCBLPC, you can call 919-661-0820 or go to their website at www.NCBLPC.org.

Q: How does a mental health professional become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)?
A: Through the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC). There is an application process which one has to follow as well as an examination which one may have to take in some cases. You can receive more information about this process, as well as an application packet, by contacting the NCBLPC at 919-661-0820 or by visiting their website at www.NCBLPC.org.

Q: Can I get malpractice insurance through LPCANC?
A: No, LPCANC does not offer malpractice insurance at this time. However, you can get it through CPH and Associates, which is an insurance carrier endorsed by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA). Their website address is www.cphins.com or you can call them at 800-875-1911.

Q: Can I attend LPCANC board meetings without an invitation?
A: All board meetings are open to any member unless it is designated as a "closed meeting." For dates and locations of meetings, check the Calendar of Events on this website or contact our current president or our office at 888-287-1403 or lpcanc@bluestarservices.net.


Q: How are LPCANC board members and officers chosen?
A: All officers are elected by the membership each year. In addition, 5 board members are elected by the membership and 6 are appointed by the president each year. Officers and the 5 elected board members are elected into office by secret ballot at the Annual Membership Meeting, which is always held at the annual conference. Any member of LPCANC can nominate any other member to serve as an officer or as a member of the board. A call for nominations is sent out 90 days before the Annual Membership Meeting, and the names of the nominees are made public at least 30 days before.

Q: What do I do if I want to be on a committee or serve on the board?
A: Your participation on a committee or on the board is always welcome. When you join LPCANC or renew your membership, there is a place on the application form where you can indicate your interest. Or you can contact any current board member to discuss your interest with them. For a list and description of the committees, see the Committee Directory on this website.

Q: How can I meet other LPCs?
A: There are several ways you can meet your LPC colleagues:
  1. Attend the LPCANC Annual Conference held each year in October. The location and exact dates change from year to year, so check the website for specific information. There are hundreds of LPCs present, and it is a great opportunity to network and make friends within the profession.
  2. Also, watch to see if there is an LPCANC Regional Meeting taking place near you. These are held in locations all over the state for the express purpose of getting LPCs together locally to meet each other, to discuss topics and issues relevant to our profession, and to learn what LPCANC is doing on our behalf. Check the Calendar of Events on the website for specific information about these meetings.
  3. Lastly, attend an LPCANC Professional Development Workshop. These are high quality, low cost workshops facilitated by LPCs for LPCs. NBCC approved CEUs are available. These are scheduled for various locations across the state, so check the Calendar of Events on the website to find one near you.

Q: Can I get supervision and/or case consultation through LPCANC?
A: While LPCANC does not formally offer supervision or case consultation to members, the organization is a great way to meet seasoned LPCs all over the state who might be willing to offer such services to you. Many LPCANC members are NBCC certified supervisors. Attend the annual conference or a regional meeting and become acquainted with your LPC colleagues, and you will more than likely meet someone who is qualified and willing to be a supervisor while you get your LPC required hours. You can also check the LPCANC Member Referral Directory and the LPCANC Member Database on this website to find names of LPCs.

Q: Where can I get information about setting up a private practice?
A: At present, LPCANC has no "official" information regarding the setting up of a private practice, but because so many LPCANC members are in private practice, there are lots of folks you could talk to about this. Check the LPCANC Member Referral Directory and the LPCANC Member Database on this website for the names of LPCs.

Q: I am looking for some templates for legal forms that would be a release for parents to sign when taking a client who is a minor offsite (taking a walk, etc.)
A: Try the following: www.legalzoom.com or www.uslegalforms.com or www.ncblpc.org or utilize an accreditation body like CARF or CQI to get compliant client forms, policies and procedural forms for a counseling practice.

 

FAQs for the Public

Q: What is a Licensed Professional Counselor?
A: A Licensed Professional Counselor, also known as an LPC, is a professional with either a master’s degree (MA, MS, M.Ed., M.A.Ed., or MAE), a specialist degree (Ed.S.), or a doctorate degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.), in counseling or a related field. This person also has passed the National Counseling Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). In North Carolina, this person will have met the requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential, administered by the North Carolina Board for Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC). See website links for NBCC and NCBLPC for more information.

Q: What population groups do LPCs work with?
A:LPCs work with all population groups including children, adolescents, and adults. They work with groups, couples, and families as well. In addition, LPCs work with individuals challenged by mental and physical disabilities.

Q: In what fields and/or settings do LPCs work?
A: LPCs work in many different fields and/or settings such as:
mental health
universities
private practice
chemical dependency
schools
business and industry
vocational rehabilitation
hospitals
physicians offices
career development
prisons
residential facilities
ministry


Q: What kinds of problems do LPCs treat?
A: LPCs treat a wide range of mental and emotional problems including depression, anxiety/panic, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, addictions, personality disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, behavior problems, and many more. LPCs also help people cope with such life events as divorce, grief, retirement, and chronic illness. LPCs may also work with individuals challenged by learning differences and developmental disabilities.

Q: Can LPCs prescribe medication?
A: No. Currently, only medical doctors such as psychiatrists and other physicians as well as nurse practitioners can prescribe medication. However, many LPCs work closely with psychiatrists and family care physicians, and will refer clients for medical and psychopharmacological evaluations when called for, as well as educate clients about their medications and help monitor their effectiveness.

Q: How are LPCs trained? Where do they go to school?
A: LPCs are required to complete a minimum of a master’s level education in counseling or a related field at a university but many complete a doctorate degree. This degree includes both extensive coursework and completion of an internship. In addition, in NC, to obtain an LPC, the counselor must complete two years of supervised clinical experience beyond the graduate degree.

Q: How can I find an LPC in my town?
A: There are several ways to find an LPC:
  1. One way to find an LPC is to use the yellow pages of your telephone directory. Many LPCs are listed under such headings as Counselors, Counselors-Human Relations, Psychotherapists, Marriage and Family Counselors, and others.
  2. You may contact the North Carolina Board for Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) at 919-661-0820 or at www.NCBLPC.org. You may also contact the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) at 336-547-0607 or at www.NBCC.org.
  3. Lastly, you can get the names of LPCs from the LPCANC Member Referral Directory located on this website.
Q: Will insurance pay for me to see an LPC?
A: Most insurance plans will pay for services rendered by an LPC. Call your insurance provider and ask if they cover Licensed Professional Counselors or give them the name of the particular LPC you wish to see.

Q: How can I file a complaint against an LPC?
A: If you wish to file a complaint against a North Carolina licensed professional counselor, you may do so by placing that complaint in writing and sending it to the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors. Click here for details.

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