Requirements for Re-licensure
Re-Licensure Continuing Education Requirements
Licensed mental health counselors are required to have continuing education. Continuing education programs or courses must be relevant to licensed mental health counselors and must contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional competence of the licensed mental health counselor. Courses or workshops primarily designed to increase practice income or office efficiency are not eligible for CE credit.
Acceptable continuing education courses (including long-distance learning), seminars, workshops and postgraduate institutes are those which are: a) programs having a featured instructor, speaker(s) or panel approved by an industry-recognized local, state, national, international organization or institution of higher learning*; or b) distance learning programs, approved by an industry-recognized local state, national or international organization or institution of higher learning. These programs must require tests of comprehension upon completion. Distance learning programs are limited to twenty-six hours per reporting period.
Training programs sponsored by the agency where a counselor is employed are acceptable if: a) the experience can be shown to contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional competence of the licensed mental health counselor; and b) the training programs are limited to twenty-six hours per reporting period.
Other learning experience, such as serving on a panel, board or council, community service, research, peer consultation, or publishing articles for professional publications are acceptable if: a) the experience can be shown to contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional competence of the licensed mental health counselor; and b) the experience is limited to six hours per reporting period.
* Industry-recognized local, state, national, international organizations or institutions of higher learning include, but are not limited to the following organizations: Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work, Washington Chapter of the National Association of Social Work, American Mental Health Counselors Association, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Social Work Federation, National Association of Social Workers, Washington Mental Health Counselors Association, National Board for Certified Counselors, Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, and/or Institutions of higher learning that are accredited by a national or regional accrediting body recognized by the Commission or Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.
Licensed mental health counselors must complete thirty-six hours of continuing education every two years. At least six of the thirty-six hours must be in professional ethics and law, which may include topics under RCW 18.130.180 (Uniform Disciplinary Act).
The license holder who prepares and presents lectures or education that contributes to the professional competence of a licensed counselor may accumulate the same number of hours obtained for continuing education purposes by attendees as required in WAC 246-12-220. The hours for presenting a specific topic lecture or education may only be used for continuing education credit once during each reporting period.
Acceptable documentation shall include transcripts, letters from course instructors, certificate of completion, or other formal certification.
from WAC 246-809-600/650