Frequently asked questions by clients of Licensed Counselors, Social Workers, or Marriage and Family Therapists

What Are Licensed Counselors?

Licensed Professional Counselors (PCs or PCCs) are mental health professionals licensed by the State who are trained to help individuals, groups, families and organizations. PCs or PCCs can help you deal with emotional problems and help you resolve conflicts or problems relating to others at home, at work, in school and in the world around you.

What Qualifications Do Licensed Counselors Have?

Licensed Professional Counselors (PCs or PCCs) have specialized knowledge, education and training in the fields of human behavior, counseling principles, counselings methods and problem solving. To become a Licensed Professional Counselor, an applicant must earn a Master's Degree in Counseling and pass the required examination. After completing two years of training experience under the supervision of a PCC, which includes the diagnosis and treatment of mental & emotional disorders, a PC may upgrade to a PCC. To keep their licenses, PCs and PCCs must complete 30 hours of continuing education every two year renewal period.

What Are Licensed Social Workers?

Licensed Social Workers (LSW or LISW) are mental health professionals licensed by the State of Ohio who are trained to help individuals, groups, families and organizations. A LSW or a LISW can help you deal with emotional problems and help you resolve conflicts or problems relating to others at home, at work, in school and in the world around you.

What Qualifications Do Licensed Social Workers Have?

Licensed Social Workers have specialized knowledge, education and training in the fields of human development and behavior, methods of social intervention, social welfare and policy and social work theory. To become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), an applicant must have at least a bachelor's degree in social work and pass the national examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). To become a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) an applicant must complete two-year post-master's supervised experience period as a LSW. After completing two years under supervision, the applicant must pass the national examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). To keep their licenses, social workers must complete 30 hours of continuing education every two-year renewal period.

What Are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists?

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs or IMFTs) are mental health professionals licensed by the State of Ohio who are trained to help individuals, groups, families and organizations. MFTs and IMFTs can help with a wide array of relationship issues within the context of the family system, including emotional disorders and help you resolve conflicts or problems relating to marriage and family issues. Marriage and Family Therapists broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as marriage and the family.

What Qualifications Do Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists Have?

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists have specialized knowledge, education and training in the fields of human behavior, marriage and family studies, appraisal of individuals and families, and problem solving. To become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an applicant must earn a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and the applicant must pass a national examination. The applicant must complete a two-year post-graduate supervised experience period as a Marriage and Family Therapist before becoming an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist. To keep their licenses, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists must complete 30 hours of continuing education each two year renewal period.