the licensing board is the arizona board of behavioral health. they are the body that makes recommendations and approves or denies LAC and LPC licensure. LAC licensure is a licensed associate counselor license. Then the next step is to work within a board approved (usually state) agency for 2000 hours, after which one can apply for the professional licensure. Each state has its own board and the requirements are a bit different with each state. I have already met all of the minimum requirements of achieving the masters degree, have passed all national testing (NCC, nationally credited counselor) and other exams (NCE).
this issue came up and I am not sure of what it is they are looking for... professional conduct or mental health 'clean bill of health.'
I asked this question, in part, to get some feedback from a licensed therapist (counselor or psychologist/psychiatrist). I don't know if this is really a legal issue or a mental health issue. I have been told that 'plenty' of therapists practicing and licensed in the field have diagnoses and other issues (past drug or alcohol abuse
, criminal records, etc.) but that as long as one is in treatment and is addressing issues, these things should not mean that licensure would be denied. However, there seems to be a question as to my 'fitness' for practice given the diagnosis of PTSD and 'deferred' axis II diagnosis (borderline personality disorder features or clusters of symptomology).
I hope this is helpful, but do feel I need the opinion of a practicing professional in the field. What do you think?