Warm-Up Activity 3.1: Review APA Code of Ethics This week, review Standard 2: Competence of the APA Code of Ethics, located under your weekly resources. Assignment In addition to the APA code of ethics, you are also obligated to follow specific laws in your state. For this task, develop a chart that summarizes the specific laws for licensed mental health professionals in your state concerning the following: Length: 2 to 3-page chart
Title: Specific Laws for Licensed Mental Health Professionals in [State]
In the field of mental health, licensed professionals are expected to adhere to ethical guidelines and professional standards outlined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as specific laws applicable to their state. This chart aims to summarize the specific laws for licensed mental health professionals in [State] concerning various aspects of their practice.
Note: The following information is based on current state laws and regulations and is subject to change. It is essential to consult the state licensing board or legal counsel for up-to-date and accurate information.
I. Scope of Practice
1. Definition of Licensed Mental Health Professionals:
– [State] defines licensed mental health professionals as individuals who have obtained a valid license in one or more of the following disciplines: psychology, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychiatric nursing, or other related disciplines.
2. Scope of Practice:
– Licensed mental health professionals in [State] are permitted to provide assessment, diagnosis, psychotherapy, counseling, and treatment services to individuals, couples, families, groups, or organizations based on their identified areas of competence.
II. Education and Training Requirements
1. Academic Degree:
– To obtain a license as a mental health professional in [State], individuals must possess a doctoral or master’s degree in psychology, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, psychiatric nursing, or a related field from an accredited educational institution.
2. Supervised Clinical Experience:
– [State] requires licensed mental health professionals to complete a specified number of supervised clinical hours (e.g., practicum, internship, residency) under the supervision of a qualified professional. These hours may vary depending on the specific discipline and level of licensure.
3. Continuing Education:
– Licensed mental health professionals in [State] must participate in ongoing professional development through continuing education activities. This includes attending workshops, seminars, conferences, or completing relevant coursework to stay updated with current research and best practices in the field.
III. Licensure and Certification
1. Licensure Process:
– Eligibility for licensure in [State] typically involves completing the required education, supervised clinical experience, and passing the state licensing examination. Additional requirements may include submitting an application, providing references, and undergoing a background check.
2. Scope of Licensure:
– [State] offers different levels of licensure for mental health professionals, including but not limited to:
– Licensed Psychologist (LP): Individuals with a doctoral degree in psychology who have met the education, clinical experience, and examination requirements established by the state.
– Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC): Individuals with a master’s degree in counseling or a related field who have met the education, clinical experience, and examination requirements.
– Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): Individuals with a master’s degree in social work who have met the education, clinical experience, and examination requirements.
– Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT): Individuals with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or a related field who have met the education, clinical experience, and examination requirements.
3. Certification and Specializations:
– [State] may offer additional certifications or specializations in certain areas of practice (e.g., child and adolescent psychology, substance abuse counseling). These certifications may require additional supervised experience or advanced coursework beyond the standard licensure requirements.