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LPC Scope of Practice


Minnesota Statutes Section 148B.50, subdivisions 4 and 5 state:

Subd. 4. Licensed professional counseling. "Licensed professional counseling" means the application of counseling, human development, and mental health research, principles, and procedures to maintain and enhance the mental health, development, personal and interpersonal effectiveness, and adjustment to work and life of individuals and families.

Subd. 5. Scope of practice. (a) The scope of practice of a licensed professional counselor includes, but is not limited to:

(1) the implementation of professional counseling treatment interventions including evaluation, treatment planning, assessment, and referral;

(2) direct counseling services to individuals, groups, and families;

(3) counseling strategies that effectively respond to multicultural populations;

(4) knowledge of relevant laws and ethics impacting practice;

(5) crisis intervention;

(6) consultation; and

(7) program evaluation and applied research.

(b) For the purposes of paragraph (a), clause (1), "professional counseling treatment interventions" means the application of cognitive, affective, behavioral, systemic, and community counseling strategies which include principles of human development, wellness, and pathology. Counselors provide mental health services for clients whose symptoms significantly interfere with daily functioning and would most likely not improve in a reasonable time period without intervention.

(c) Licensed professional counseling does not include activities or services undertaken by persons listed in section 148B.592, or the performance of any act that licensed professional counselors are not educated and trained to perform.

(d) In order to evaluate and treat mental illness, a licensed professional counselor must complete the postgraduate training specified in section 245.462, subdivision 18, clause (6), or 245.4871, subdivision 27, clause (6).

HIST: 2003 c 118 s 4


LPCC Scope of Practice


In addition to the definition of Scope of Practice in Minnesota statutes, sections 148B.50, subd. 5, the LPCC definition of Scope of Practice includes:
  
148B.5301, subdivision 5 states:
The scope of practice of a LPCC shall include all those services provided by mental health professionals as defined in section 245.462, subdivision 18, and section 245.4871, subdivision 27.
 
It is important to recognize that all LPCCs are permitted the scope of practice of Mental Health Professionals.  However, LPCCs interested in obtaining the Mental Health Professional designation must contact the Department of Human Services for an application to become a Mental Health Professional.
 
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You may use the following links to access the stautory sections referenced above.  Please note that you will be leaving the BBHT website by using the links below:

148B.50 (A BBHT statute.  You will need to look for subdivision 5)
 
148B.5301 (A BBHT statute.  You will need to look for subdivision 5)
 
245.462  (A Department of Human Services statute that provides the definition of a "Mental Health Professional" [subd. 18] in relation to the Minnesota Comprehensive Adult Mental Health Act.  Among a variety of definitions, it also includes definitions of services that are permitted by a Mental Health Professional.  The full Minnesota Comprehensive Adult Mental Health Act describes other services that a Mental Health Professional can provide.)
 
245.4871  (A Department of Human Services statute that provides the definition of a "Mental Health Professional" [subd. 27] in relation to the Minnesota Comprehensive Children's Mental Health Act.  Among a variety of definitions, it also includes definitions of services that are permitted by a Mental Health Professional.  The full Minnesota Comprehensive Children's Mental Health Act describes other services that a Mental Health Professional can provide)
 
Minnesota Comprehensive Adult Mental Health Act (Department of Human Services)
 
Minnesota Comprehensive Children's Mental Health Act (Department of Human Services)