The Role of the Professional Clinical Counselor
In the last several years the need for forensic mental health evaluations and immigration proceedings has become increasingly important. With more than one million individuals immigrating to the United States every year, Professional Clinical Counselors in California have a unique opportunity to play a vital role in providing both mental health evaluation and expert testimony for individuals who are engaged in immigration proceedings.
We believe that professional clinical counselors are uniquely qualified to offer such evaluations and possess the appropriate foundational knowledge in assessment, diagnoses, and report writing. With additional training in understanding immigration law and forensic mental health assessment and evaluation, LPCCs and APCCs can provide such services competently and ethically.
Note: As an exception, Associates can apply this course’s CEUs toward BBS Telehealth course requirements for Associate renewals and licensure requirements. Normally, our CEUs apply to LPCCs, LMFTs, LCSWs, or LEPs only as required by the BBS.
Daniel Stewart, Ph.D.
LPCC Committee Chair, CALPCC Ethics Committee
Gladys Pelayo, M.A., APCC
Pre-License Clinical Associate
CALPCC Associate Member