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About Other Licensed Therapy Professions

Introduction

There are other pages on this site already devoted to two therapy networks who are Partners of CareForTheTroops, Inc. The networks are discussed on the EMDR page and the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) page.

This page is intended to provide a bried description of other helpful professions that are licensed in the State of Georgia and whose membership includes many who are trained to work with military families or have served previously in the military.

TRICARE (the HMO health coverage carrier for the military) is a key issue for militaty members and their families regarding these professions. MFTs are eligible for coverage under Tricare without the need for supervision by an M.D. An LPCA currently still requires that they be supervised by an M.D. in order to get Tricare coverage. However, as of March 2010, there is a report going to Congress which will delete that requirement.

WHAT IS A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR?

In Georgia, a Licensed Professional Counselor is a highly trained, mental health professional who has met educational and training requirements, including at least a Master's degree, four years of supervised professional clinical experience and successful completion of a state examination for licensure as LPC by the State of Georgia. LPC's are accountable to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapist and Social Workers.

LPCs work with children, adolescents and adults in short or long-term therapy based on client's needs. LPCs provide individual, couples, family and group therapy in hospitals, clinics, agencies, mental health centers and private practice. LPCs also train and consult with business, government and nonprofit organizations.

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS CAN HELP:

Sometimes when our normal coping resources are not adequate to handle what life brings, a professional counselor can help.

The History of LPCA, the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, Inc.

“An organization without a history is like a tree without roots” (W.T. Sherman) George E. Rolle, Ph.D., LPC, (Historian, 2002)

Abstract: At the Annual Convention of 2002 Phil Foster, President of LPCA, the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, Inc .commissioned George Rolle to serve as the first historian of the organization with the task oflocating and recording LPCA historical roots. This action was later approved by the LPCA board. This report is the first recorded documentation of LPCAGA history and development and should be viewed as only the beginning.

For several years LPCAGA (Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, Inc) a non-profit association, members and officers have discussed the need for written Documentation and recorded history regarding the growth and development of the organization.The task of locating and recovering significant pieces of our history and communicating with key individualsinvolved in the early development of the organization has been a challenging and undaunted process.Hence, gaining knowledge and understanding from whence we come (our past) could very well help establish a pathway for our future. This historical overview provides an outline of information obtained from several sources and is an attempt to design a template for collecting and properly recording significant events & developments in the life of LPCA. Special thanks and acknowledgement to Gale Macke (Executive Director) for providing selected LPCA files for review; to Dr. Linda Painter (Past President) for information provided from the power point presentation "Past Presidents Forum" (2002); to Dr. Chuck Goodrum (Organizational Leader and Past President); and Elizabeth Goff, University of West Georgia Graduate Research Assistant, for providing help in finishing this document.If you have questions or would like to provide valuable information to this process, please to not hesitate to contact me or Gale Macke at the LPCA office, 404-370-0200 or www.LPCAGA.org

WHAT IS A LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER?

LCSW is an acronym for licensed clinical social worker, and people with this title are skilled professionals who meet certain requirements and work in a variety of fields. The term social worker is not always synonymous with licensed clinical social worker. In some social work agencies, those employed may have the title of social worker without licensure. Use of this title may be restricted by the state or country and not everyone may claim they are a social worker by virtue of where they're employed.

Typically when the term LCSW is used it means the person has attained a master's degree in social work. But someone with an MSW is not necessarily licensed. In order to be licensed, the person with an MSW must then fulfill a number of hours doing practical work, and will need to take board examinations. The number of hours of supervised work to obtain licensing varies. In places like California, for instance, a person seeking licensure must complete over 3000 hours of work in supervised settings.

It's a common misconception that the only place an LCSW works is in a social agency like Child Protective Services. Actually, these skilled professionals can work in many different fields. Some may work in socially oriented agencies; others may work in hospitals or treatment facilities for the mentally ill.

Facts About the Profession as stated by the National Association on their web site

A Review of What is an LCSW/LMSW?

Clinical Social Workers are professionals educated and trained to provide mental health services for individuals, families and groups. Georgia is a state that offers licensure for those Clinical Social Workers, who practice psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups. Georgia requires basic standards of education, training and demonstration of competency for the licensure of Clinical Social Workers. Once a Clinical Social Worker (LMSW) meets and completes all requirements for licensure by the state, the therapist is referred to as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker is able to develop a psychosocial perspective of the individuals and families that come for help. From this perspective, the LCSW can provide individual, couple and group counseling, depending on the approach that seems most effective for the situation. The psychosocial perspective recognizes the uniqueness of each individual, as well as the various family and work systems to which they belong.

What is a Certified Addiction Specialist?

Certified Addiction Specialist must meet possess certain standards. These include: A Masters or Doctorate degree from an accredited health care training program; Three years of post-graduate, supervised experience providing direct health care services to those identified with an addictive disorder. A portfolio of clinical training with a minimum of 120 hours of training in basic counseling skills including assessment, interviewing and diagnosis, and a minimum of 60 hours of training in each area of specialization