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  • 29 Mar 2019 1:53 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    WAC 246-810-029(3) has been updated to increase distance learning programs from 12-hours to 20-hours maximum per reporting period.  This update respects the improved online coursework and distance education that has become available over the past few years.

    The full WAC is here:

    Acceptable continuing education courses for certified counselor and certified adviser.

    (1) A continuing education program or course must be relevant to counseling and must contribute to the advancement, extension and enhancement of the professional competence of the credential holder. Relevant courses include those that are related to counseling theory and practice, modality(ies) of the counseling services the credential holder will provide, professional ethics, courses related to risk assessment, screening using the global assessment of functioning scale, referral of clients, and Washington state law applicable to counseling.

    (2) Continuing education courses, seminars, workshops, training programs, and institutes must have a featured instructor, speaker(s), or panel approved by an industry-recognized institution of higher learning, or a local, state, national, or international organization.

    (3) Distance learning programs approved by an industry-recognized local, state, national or international organization or educational organization may meet these requirements. The programs must require a test of comprehension upon completion. Distance learning programs are limited to twenty hours per reporting period.

    (4) Other learning experiences, such as serving on a panel, board or council, community service, research, peer consultation, or publishing articles for professional publications are acceptable if the experience contributes to the advancement, extension, and enhancement of the professional competence of the certified counselor or certified adviser. The experience is limited to six hours per reporting period.

    [Statutory Authority: RCW 18.19.050. WSR 19-05-020, § 246-810-029, filed 2/11/19, effective 3/14/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.19.050 and chapter 18.19 RCW. WSR 09-15-041, § 246-810-029, filed 7/8/09, effective 7/8/09.]

  • 03 Feb 2019 8:25 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Certified Counselors and Hypnotherapists Advisory Committee is recruiting.

    Three public members, and two upcoming roles in 2019.

    The advisory committee consists of seven members. There are two certified counselors or certified advisers, two hypnotherapists and three public members who must be consumers and represent the public at large and may not hold any mental health provider credential per RCW 18.19.220

    For additional information CLICK HERE

  • 03 Sep 2018 1:56 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Current rules in progress:

    CR-102 (WSR 18-16-079 (PDF)

    WAC 246-810-029(3) Acceptable continuing education courses for a certified counselor or certified adviser, the department of health is proposing rule language that will increase the amount of allowable distance learning programs from 12 hours to up to 20 hours per reporting period.

    Hearing Location(s): On September 12, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., at the Department of Health (DOH), Town Center 2, Room 145, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501.

  • 04 Aug 2018 11:42 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The next Exam Prep Course will be Saturday, September 22, 2018. Sign-up on our website will be posted soon, at

    Law & Ethics-I & II, Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF), and others for the remainder of 2018 coming soon!

  • 10 Jan 2018 12:34 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    WA STATE DEPT OF HEALTH: To better facilitate strategic thinking about improving health in Washington, the Department of Health has drafted a comprehensive assessment of health in our state, working with partners in local and tribal health, healthcare delivery, and the public health community. We view this document as a key resource for public health to function as a Chief Health Strategist—that is, to provide data and identify key health i...ssues, to convene leaders across multiple sectors, and to strategize with leaders on prevention efforts, policy development, and communication to promote the health of Washingtonians.

    Click below for more information, and to participate in the survey.

  • 01 Jan 2018 10:12 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! Best wishes and good health to you throughout the New Year!

  • 01 Jan 2018 10:12 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Happy New Year! Best wishes and good health to you throughout the New Year!

  • 13 Nov 2017 1:44 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    ARTICLE: "Don't Allow Compassion Fatigue to Force a Professional Crash & Burn"  -Oncology Times

    A wonderful reminder, as we head into the busy holiday season, and take a look back at 2017.

    CLICK HERE to read more.

  • 26 Feb 2017 6:12 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The American Counseling Association (ACA) 2017 Conference & Expo is being held March 16-19 at the Moscone West Convention Center, in San Francisco, CA.  Pre-conference Learning Institutes take place on March 15-16, to include 6-hour daytime and 3-hour evening educational events.

    The Learning Institutes include 25 introductory level and 11 advanced level intensive learning events; selected by peer review.  Each event will be taught by well-qualified and highly rated instructors.

    Attendees can earn up to 17.5 CEs during core conference days by choosing from more than 400+ education sessions organized into 36 tracks.  Earn up to 35.5 CEs by adding the Pre-conference Learning Institutes.

    I will be attending the full conference and expo this year, including the Pre-conference Learning Institutes.  Yes, both 6-hour daytime and 3-hour evening events - each day.  It's sure to be a very full week!

    Active WAPROCA Members will receive a post conference write-up, to include valuable tips and essential resources from the full 5-day/evening experience.

    CLICK HERE for more information on the ACA 2017 Conference & Expo.

  • 18 Feb 2017 2:14 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Bree Collaborative’s latest draft report and recommendations for Behavioral Health Integration is requesting feedback.

    You can read the draft report here:…/Behavioral-Health-Integr…


    You can take the feedback survey here:

    The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. Comments must be received by 5pm on Friday, February 24th.

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