IMPORTANT OFFICE CLOSURE ALERT
All Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO) Offices at 1560 Broadway, Denver CO are closed to the public indefinitely effective 2pm on March 23rd, 2020. However, DPO staff is still working hard to help all customers remotely. Please contact the Division at email@example.com for assistance.
HB20-1206, CONCERNING THE CONTINUATION OF REGULATION OF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
The Division of Professions and Occupations (DPO), within the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), has been provided the authority by the Colorado State Legislature to create the Mental Health Disciplinary Record Work Group. The Work Group will examine the state’s rules and policies with regard to the retention and use of certain kinds of disciplinary records as it relates to licensing of mental health professionals in the state. The Work Group, created by House Bill 20-1206, will meet throughout the Fall and Winter of 2020, and will make recommendations to the Governor, the Executive Director of DORA and the health committees in the House and Senate about any potential changes the Work Group identifies.
Welcome to the Professional Counselor Homepage
The Colorado State Board of Professional Counselor Examiners regulates Licensed Professional Counselors in the state. Board activities include the review of licensure applications and complaints and enforcement of disciplinary actions against violators of the Mental Health Practice Act or Board Rule. The Board is made up of seven members, three public and four professionals, who meet six times per year.
- Licensing Services
- Discipline and Enforcement
- Laws, Rules and Policies
- Board Members
Reina Sbarbaro-Gordon, Program Director
David E. Bell, LPC, Chair
Professional Member| Term Expires: August 31, 2024
Amy Skinner, LPC
Professional Member | Term Expires: August 31, 2024
Karen Van Zuiden, LPC
Professional Member| Term Expires: August 31, 2024
Ralph Kenneth O'Neal, II
Public Member| Term Expires: August 31, 2022
Maki Sonoda-Sutton, LPC
Professional Member| Term Expires: August 31, 2022
Public Member | Term Expires: August 31, 2022
Public Member| Term Expires: August 31, 2024
- Public Notices
Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - March 5, 2021
The State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners will hold a Permanent Rulemaking Hearing to consider adopting revisions to Rule 1.6(A), to implement Colorado House Bill 19-1129, which prohibits mental health care providers from engaging in conversion therapy with patients under eighteen years of age.
- Friday, March 5, 2021, at 9:30 A.M. (MDT)
- Notice, Draft Rule, and HB 19-1129
- Webinar Registration
- Sign up to Testify
- January 28, 2021: Stakeholder Meeting Recording
- December 3, 2020: Joint Stakeholder Meeting Recording
Joint Stakeholder Meeting - February 11, 2021
The State Board of Social Work Examiners; State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners; Office of Hearing Aid Provider Licensure; Office of Audiology Licensure; Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration; Office of Respiratory Therapy Licensure; Office of Speech-Language Pathology Certification; Board of Chiropractic Examiners; Office of Acupuncture Licensure; Office of Athletic Trainer Licensure; State Board of Psychologist Examiners; Office of Massage Therapy Licensure; Office of Direct-Entry Midwifery Registration; Office of Surgical Assistant And Surgical Technologist Registration; State Board of Addiction Counselor Examiners; State Physical Therapy Board; State Board of Unlicensed Psychotherapists; State Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners; State Board of Nursing; Colorado Dental Board; State Board of Optometry; State Board of Pharmacy; Colorado Medical Board; and Colorado Podiatry Board will hold a VIRTUAL Joint Stakeholder Meeting to inform Stakeholders, and receive feedback on the proposed revisions to the new rules that were recently adopted to implement Colorado Senate Bill 20-102 (Concerning required disclosures to patients regarding formal actions based on sexual misconduct), as required by the Office of Legislative Legal Services (OLLS).
Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing - 9/25/20
The State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners held three Joint Stakeholder Meetings on July 30th, August 26th, and September 15th, and an individual Stakeholder Meeting for only Licensed Professional Counselors on September 18th regarding the implementation of Colorado House Bill 20-1206 (Sunset review continuing the Regulation of Mental Health Professionals), House Bill 20-1326 (Endorsements/Creation of an Occupational Credential Portability Program), and Senate Bill 20-102 (Patient Disclosures Regarding Sexual Misconduct). The Board also held an Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing on September 25, 2020, to adopt the proposed new and revised rules. The Board adopted the rules related to House Bill 20-1206 on an emergency basis due to the immediate effective date of the bill.
- July 30, 2020: Joint Mental Health Stakeholder Meeting Recording
- August 26, 2020: Joint Mental Health Stakeholder Meeting Recording
- September 15, 2020: Joint Mental Health Stakeholder Meeting Recording
- September 18, 2020: Licensed Professional Counselor's Stakeholder Meeting Recording
- September 25, 2020: Emergency and Permanent Rulemaking Hearing
- Notice, New Rule, HB20-1206, HB20-1326, and SB20-102
An Important Message about LPC Licensing and Regulation
The July 14, 2020 signing into law of House Bill 20-1206, Sunset Mental Health Professionals has prompted changes affecting the licensure requirements for professional counselors in Colorado. The new law requires that the supervised postgraduate practice in professional counseling include at least 2,000 hours of professional counseling, 1,500 hours of which must be face-to-face, direct client contact under clinical supervision.
In addition, HB 20-1206 modifies the requirements for a licensed professional counselor to serve as a supervisor for another mental health professional to include education and training as determined by the Board.
The Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners is working diligently to implement these specific changes as well as the remainder of the Mental Health Sunset bill, HB20-1206. As rules are being promulgated, the Board will continue to process applications for licensure as a professional counselor under the previous requirements. Those persons who began supervised postgraduate practice before July 14, 2020, may continue completing the previous supervised practice requirements as the Board completes the rules.
The new requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors supervisors are currently slated to become effective upon renewal in August 2021, and current supervisors who meet the requirements of Board Rule 1.14 may continue supervision in the interim.
Please review the Revised Proposed Draft Rules
Visit the Colorado State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners website for the latest information, as it becomes available. Questions may be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org and written feedback on the proposed rules may be submitted to email@example.com
- Legislative Updates
- Meeting Minutes