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I have BA in commutations and a double minor in psychology

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I have BA in commutations and a double minor in psychology form Auburn University. I have taken 5 graduate level psychology classes earned a certification as a ife coach and now want to be certified as a Pastoral Christin counselor and start my own pratice. Are there an laws in Georgia that would prohibit me from practicing Pastoral christian counseling in Georgia
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 1 year ago.

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I am an attorney with 30 years of experience including significant experience regarding the regulation of licnesed professionals. I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

Because of the religious aspect of pastoral counseling persons engaged in that practice are exempt from the licensing requirements pertaining to other professional counseling fields. As a consequence the state does not and can not prohibit you from engaging in the practice of Pastoral Christian Counseling.

Here is a link to the Georgia Law that requires a license to engage in couseling. Please note the following sections that exempt persons from the license requirement where they are:

(9) Active members of the clergy but only when the practice of their specialty is in the course of
their service as clergy;
(10) Members of religious ministries responsible to their established ecclesiastical authority who
possess a master's degree or its equivalent in theological studies;
(11) Persons engaged in the practice of a specialty in accordance with Biblical doctrine in public
or nonprofit agencies or entities or in private practice;

http://sos.ga.gov/plb/acrobat/Laws/41_Prof_Counselors,_Soc._Workers_Marriage_And_Family_Therapists_43-10A.pdf

So long as you fit into one of the above three exceptions you may practice without a license or authorization from the state.

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Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Hello:

I just wanted to make sure that you did not have any additional questions on this subject. Please let me know if you need anything clarified.

Kind regards,

Gerald