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Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists

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About the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists

The Board for Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists was created in 1984 by the State Legislature. Effective January 1, 1998 a clinical pastoral therapy component was added to this Board. The Board is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans, by requiring that all who practice professional counseling, marital and family therapy, and clinical pastoral therapy within this state be qualified. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is authorized to issue a license or certificate to qualified applicants who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Board is also responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules, and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violation.

Professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists may be licensed by either examination or endorsement from other states.

The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Renewal notices are mailed from the Board's administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at https://apps.tn.gov/hlrs/loginProfessional.jsp. Click on the "License Renewal" link and follow the prompts. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. It is a violation of the law and of the board’s rules to practice on an expired license.

The Board consists of five (5) members appointed by the Governor to serve five (5) year terms. The Tennessee Association for Counseling and Development, the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Tennessee Association of Pastoral Therapists each may provide the Governor with a list of four (4) candidates from which to fill vacant positions. One (1) position is a consumer member. A quorum of three (3) members is required to conduct business. The meetings are open to the public.

Contact the Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists

To contact this board, call (615) 741-5735 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide or write
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Members

Board Members

Board Members Title Representation Term Expires
Susan Hammonds-White, EdD President LPC 06/30/2016
Janet Scott, PhD Vice-President LPC, CPT 06/30/2013
Bradley Bull, PhD Board Member MFT 06/30/2017
Vacant Board Member CPT  
Stephen Caldwell Board Member Citizen Member 06/30/2015

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule

Public Notices will remain online until the minutes are ratified and posted on the Meeting Minutes Tab. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter.

Board of Board of Licensed Professional Counselors,
Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists
Date Time Event and Location Public Notice
March 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
June 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice Canceled
June 27, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
September 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
Notice of Rulemaking
December 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter

Practitioner Profiles

Information Required to be Reported on Practitioner Profiles

To view your current profile, please go to http://health.state.tn.us/Licensure/Default.aspx and enter your license number and profession, then click on the Practitioner Profile link.

To make changes to your profile, you can go to http://health.state.tn.us/Downloads/PH-3585.pdf and fill in the changes, print the document and mail to the appropriate board.

The professions required to submit and maintain a practitioner profile questionnaire are:

Advanced Practice Nurses
Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Audiologists
Chiropractic Physicians
Clinical Pastoral Therapists
Dentists
Dietitian/Nutritionists
Dispensing Opticians
Electrologists
Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Certified Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Laboratory Personnel
Marital & Family Therapists
Massage Therapists
Medical Doctors

Nursing Home Administrators
Occupational Therapists
Optometrists
Orthopedic Physician Assistants
Osteopathic Physicians
Pharmacists
Physician Assistants
Physical Therapists
Podiatrists
Professional Counselors
Psychologists
Respiratory Care Assistants
Social Workers
Speech Language Pathologists
Veterinarians

Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63 Chapter 51 requires the following information to be reported to the Board for dissemination to the public on practitioner profiles:

  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • A description of any criminal convictions for felonies and, as determined by the board, serious misdemeanors, within the most recent ten (10) years. For the purposes of this subsection (a), a person shall be deemed to be convicted of a crime if such person was found or adjudged guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction. Misdemeanor convictions later expunged by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be stricken from the provider's profile;
  • A description of any final board disciplinary actions within the most recent ten (10) years, which actions shall include final board action as defined by § 4-5-314, and reprimand action taken pursuant to a board practice act;
  • A description of any final disciplinary actions of licensing boards in other states within the most recent ten (10) years;
  • A description of revocation or involuntary restrictions of hospital privileges for reasons related to competence or character that has been taken by the hospital’s governing body or any other official action of the hospital after procedural due process has been afforded, or the resignation from or nonrenewal of medical staff membership or the restriction orf privileges as a hospital taken in lieu of or in settlement or a pending disciplinary case related to competence or character in that hospital, all as taken pursuant to procedures promulgated by the board for licensing health care facilities.  Only cases that have occurred within the most recent ten (10) years shall be disclosed by the department to the public;
  • All medical malpractice court judgments, all medical malpractice arbitration awards in which a payment is awarded to a complaining party and all settlements of medical malpractice claims in which a payment is made to a complaining party beginning with reports for 1998 and each subsequent year; provided, such reports shall not be disseminated beyond the most recent ten-year period, but shall include the most recent ten-year period for which reports have been filed. Each provider licensing board shall set by rule adopted pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, a threshold amount below which judgments or settlements shall not be reportable; provided, such threshold shall, for chapter 6 or 9 of this title licensees, be set at seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), for doctors of chiropractic, regulated pursuant to chapter 4 of this title, be set at fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), for dentists, regulated pursuant to chapter 5 of this title, be set at twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), and for all other licensees under this title be set at ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Dispositions of paid claims shall be reported in a minimum of three (3) graduated categories indicating the level of significance of the award or settlement. Information concerning paid medical malpractice claims shall be put in context by comparing an individual licensee's medical malpractice judgment awards and settlements to the experience of other providers within the same specialty. Information concerning the existence of a court-sealed settlement shall be reported in cases involving such a settlement. Information concerning all settlements shall be accompanied by the following statement: “Settlement of a claim may occur for a variety of reasons which do not necessarily reflect negatively on the professional competence or conduct of the provider. A payment in settlement of a medical malpractice action or claim should not be construed as creating a presumption that medical malpractice has occurred.” (Pending malpractice claims shall not be disclosed by a board to the public.);
  • Names of medical schools or professional and training schools and dates of graduation;    
  • Graduate medical education or other graduate-level training;
  • Specialty board certification as determined by the relevant board;
  • Names of the hospitals where the licensee has privileges;
  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • The identification of any translating services that may be available at the licensee's primary practice location;
  • An indication of which managed care plans in which the licensee participates;
  • An indication of TennCare plans in which the licensee participates;
  • Appointments to medical school faculties and indication as to whether a licensee has a responsibility for graduate medical education within the most recent ten (10) years; (optional)
  • Information regarding publications in peer-reviewed medical literature; (optional) and
  • Information regarding professional or community service associations, activities and awards; (optional)

National Organization

National Organizations of State Boards

Information on the National Board for Certified Counselors or American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy may be obtained by phone, fax, Internet, or writing to:

National Board for Certified Counselors
3 Terrace Way, Suite D
Greenesboro, NC 27403-3360
Phone:(336) 547-0607
Fax:(336) 547-0017
www.nbcc.org

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
1133 15th Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005-2710
Phone:(202) 452-0109
Fax:(202) 223-2329
www.aamft.org

American Association of Pastoral Counselors
9504A Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031-2203
Phone: (703) 385-6967
Fax: (703) 352-7725
E-Mail: info@aapc.org
www.aapc.org

American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)
5999 Stevenson Ave
Alexandria VA 22304
Phone: (703) 212-2239
Fax: (703) 212-4884
www.aascb.org