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List Serv Question from West Virginia

Professional Negligence

Thanks in advance for your time and help in obtaining answers to the questions below.  Please respond at the end of this survey under Leave A Comment.

As it relates to your applicants and licensees and the reporting of felony convictions, crimes involving moral turpitude, OR other conduct, practices or acts constituting professional negligence in which the board may determine to be grounds for refusal, revocation or suspension of licensure:

1) Do your board rules and/or code include a requirement for self reporting by the licensee of any of the above?

2) What is the time frame required for self reporting? 

3)  Does your License Renewal  Application include questions related to reporting of any of the above?  What is your license renewal cycle, annual or biennial?

4) Do your board rules and/or code include a requirement for updating the board with changes to contact information? 5)  Along with Professional Counselor licensure, is your board composed of additional MH professions, Marriage and Family Therapist, Social Work and/or Psychologist?  Please list.   The WV Board of Counselors includes the LPC (Licensed Professional Counselors) and LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists).  SW and Psychology are two separate and independent boards. 

Please include your state in your replies and if you are able to cite or provide the link to your rule and/or code related to the questions below that will be very helpful as well.  Please reply below.

Thank you again.  Your help is most appreciated!  


Roxanne Clay
Executive Director
West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling



Susan Stumfoll on Wednesday 12/07/2016 at 04:46PM wrote:

#1. Yes, in the AZ Revised Statutes 32-3208
#2. 10 days
#3. Yes, our renewal applications include background criminal history questions.
Our renewal is every 2 years.
#4. We require change of contact info within 30 days. Our licensures include: LAC, LPC, LMSW, LCSW, LBSW, LAMFT, LMFT, LISAC, LSAT and LASAC.

Lic Assoc Counselor
Lic Prof Counselor
Lic Master Social Worker
Lic Clinical Social Worker
Lic Baccaluareate Social Worker
Lic Assoc Marriage and Family Therapy
Lic Marriage and Family Therapy
Lic Independent Substance Abuse Counselor
Lic Substance Abuse Technician
Lic Assoc Substance Abuse Counselor

Greg Searls on Thursday 12/08/2016 at 10:42AM wrote:

In Wyoming, they are not required to self report other than when it comes to an application or renewal. Both applications have questions that they must answer and then explain and provide documentation. We have biennial renewal.

Licensees and Certificate Holders are required to update contact information with the Board, but a time frame is not given.

Our Board is counselors, social work, marriage and family, and addictions therapy. Psychology is a separate board.

Jennifer Wenhold on Monday 12/12/2016 at 10:18AM wrote:

For Florida:
1) Yes
2) within 30 days
3) Yes, biennial
4) Yes. Florida does not recognize Professional Counselor. Florida's Board is a composite board comprised of Social Work, Marriage & Family and Mental Health Counselors.

All of this information can be found on the Board's webpage located at:

North Dakota Board on Monday 12/12/2016 at 05:53PM wrote:

Questions 1 and 2:
NDBCE Adm Code: 97-02-02-03 Reporting convictions and discipline. A licensee, convicted of an offense, except a minor traffic offense, or disciplined in another jurisdiction, shall report the conviction or discipline to the board within thirty days of the conviction or discipline.

From the ND Century Code:
43-47-06.3 Criminal History Record Checks
The board shall require an applicant for licensure under subsections 2,3, and 4 of section 43-47-06 and section 43-47-06.1 to submit to a statewide and nationwide criminal history record check and may require a licensee to submit to a statewide or nationwide criminal history record check. The nationwide criminal history record check must be conducted in the manner provided in section 12-60-24. All costs associated with obtaining a background check are the responsibility of the applicant or licensee.
43-47-07, Disciplinary Proceedings. The board may deny, refuse to renew, suspend, or revoke any license issued under this chapter upon finding by a preponderance of the evidence that the applicant or licenseholder: 1) has been convicted of an offense determined by the board to have a direct bearing as determined by the board in accordance with section 12.1-33-02.1; 2) has been grossly negligent in the practice of counseling and has injured a client or other person to whom the individual owed a duty; or 3) has violated any rule of the board.

Question 3: Yes, there are questions on the application that must be answered related to felonies, impaired judgment and malpractice judgments.

Questions 4 and 5: No.

The Century Code and Admin Code can be found at

Leah Brew on Monday 12/12/2016 at 05:58PM wrote:

Answers from California:

Question 1: In CA, we do have a requirement. 4999.51 and 4999.86 and 4999.90

Question 2: In CA, immediately, or it comes up when they apply for their intern number. 4999.100

Question 3: Yes the renewal application ask the question and it is every other year. 4999.76 tells the cycle of renewal and the form online or in print asks the question about convictions.

Question 4: Yes, it is in CA Statute that they keep the Board up-to-date with address changes within 30 days of change. 1804

Question 5: We are a composite Board: LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs (Educ Psych), and LPCCs.

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