Texas LPC Intern Association

Advocacy Initiatives and Related Updates

PROPOSED RULE CHANGES

Submitted to TSBEPC in October 2018

  • Change LPC Intern to LPC Associate‚Äč

  • Allow LPC Interns to accept payments from clients as currently allowed for LMFT Associates

  • Allow LPC Interns to operate a private practice as currently allowed for LMFT Associates 

  • Remove "Supervised by" requirement for LPC Interns as currently allowed for LMFT Associates
     

Updates on Proposed Rule Changes 

  • The LPC Intern to LPC Associate title change will be adopted by the Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) on September 1st, 2020. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (TSBEPC) will not formalize the change in the board rules until approximately October 1st, 2020. Please continue to use the LPC Intern title until then. We will post on our public Facebook page, private Facebook group, and website when the time comes. The creation of the BHEC was an accomplishment for mental health professionals in Texas. That being said, we will need to practice diligence and patience through the related transition. There will continue to be new information to share.

  • As for the other proposed rule changes, there have been no updates on those. 
     

ONGOING LPC INTERN ADVOCACY INITIATIVES 

  • Fair pay (or sometimes pay at all!) for LPC Interns 

  • Employment opportunities and accessibility for LPC Interns

  • Educational campaigns related to LPC Interns as valuable, knowledgeable, and skilled mental health professional

  • Low-cost or free training opportunities for counseling students and LPC Interns
     

  • See our petition here