News & Updates

  • 02 Mar 2015 8:03 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: House Bill (HB) 1134. "Concerning scope of practice for certified counselors and advisers."

    You can follow HB 1134 by clicking HERE.  Read the proposed original bill, watch video of the public hearing, and let us know if you have any questions.

    The Washington Professional Counselors Association (WAPROCA) greatly appreciates the support of Representatives Jim Moeller (D-49th) and Paul Harris (R-17th), Jim Morishima, Counsel, and Martin Mueller, Assistant Secretary - Health Systems Quality Assurance.  You may reach House Health Care & Wellness Committee Members by clicking HERE.  Please let them know that you also appreciate their support.

    Brief Summary of BillŸŸ

    • Replaces references to the previous version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders with generic language about mental, emotional, or behavioral problems.

    • Replaces the specific list of professionals to or from whom a certified adviser or certified counselor may give or accept referrals with a list of professionals defined by the Secretary of Health in rule.
    • Specifically prohibits a person from practicing as a certified adviser or certified counselor unless he or she is certified a certified adviser or certified counselor.

  • 06 Feb 2015 10:37 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Washington Professional Counselors Association welcomes...

    Nancy Tyson, Executive Director - Health Professions and Facilities. -WA State Department of Health

    Kim-Boi Shadduck, Program Manager - Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, & Social Workers Advisory Committee.  Certified Counselors, Certified Advisers, & Hypnotherapist Advisory Committee. -WA State Department of Health

    It is a pleasure to welcome them, and very nice to have met them at the January 15th Advisory Committee meeting, in Tumwater.  We welcome these new collaborative partnerships, on behalf of credential holders in our State.

  • 15 Jan 2015 6:00 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Congratulations, to the new Advisory Committee Chair, Miriam Dyak

    Also, Congratulations to the new Vice Chair, Diane Green.

    Join us at the next Advisory Committee Meeting, April 23rd, 2015, and meet your committee representatives.  The meeting schedule is posted HERE.

    More information about the committee may be found by clicking HERE.

    A special Thank You, to our former Chair and friend, William 'Bill' Gant.  Bill stepped up to be the founding committee Chair, bringing with him a wealth of expertise and guiding principles from previous Boards and committees -- which helped to provide strength in the committee foundation.  Bill now serves the committee as the immediate Past Chair and Public Member.

  • 30 Dec 2014 12:02 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    WAC 246-810-029 (4) states... "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."

    Your consultation sessions count toward your continuing education requirement, up to six (6) hours per reporting period.  Track the dates and times of your consultation sessions, as required in WAC 246-810, and report that with the rest of your CE credits for the reporting period.

  • 08 Dec 2014 5:58 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    Please remember those who may need additional assistance or help coping with the holiday season. One of the best resources in our area is the Crisis Clinic. Expertly trained staff are skilled and knowledgeable in how to help!

    CLICK HERE for more information.

  • 29 Jun 2014 5:33 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    State law requires each profession to support its own administrative costs. Fees must cover the costs to administer and regulate the profession, including reserves for unexpected expenses.

    The department must raise fees when it projects the costs of regulating a profession to exceed the revenue it expects to receive from licensing fees. 

    The department reviewed the current revenue and expenses to determine how much of a fee increase was needed.  The new fees for Agency Affiliated Counselors (AAC) are:

             * Initial Credential Fee:  $60  (was $50)
             * Renewal Credential Fee:  $50  (was $40)

    Registrations that expire on or after July 1, 2014 will require the new fee.  Registrations that expire before this date will have the old renewal fee.

    All applications or renewals received on or after July 1, 2014, regardless of expiration date, must include the new fee.  If you fail to provide the updated fee, it may delay the issuance or renewal of a credential.

    CLICK HERE for more information.

  • 22 May 2014 5:54 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    Looking for community resources? Search the online directory of health and human service programs to find resources like food banks (food pantries), emergency shelters, transportation, health clinics, rent or utilities assistance, legal help, and many more. If you need additional assistance, you can also call 2-1-1 to speak directly with an Information & Referral Specialist.

    Go here for more information:
  • 22 May 2014 5:38 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    "The 'Where to Turn' resource directories continue to be the most up-to-date source of printed information on King County health and human service programs." -Crisis Clinic

    WAPROCA frequently refers to these excellent resources for both client and clinician requests. They are put together very well!!

    If you do not live in King County, please check with your local community crisis center, and feel free to send us your resources.  We will post them here on our website.

  • 28 Apr 2014 7:30 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    A suicide attempt happens every minute of every day. Every 14 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies by suicide.  The Out of the Darkness Overnight is 16-18 mile fundraising walk that will take you on a dusk till dawn journey unlike any other. From the Seattle Center, to the Olympic Sculpture Park, Fremont, Downtown Seattle and vibrant Belltown - together, a courageous community will break the silence and bring the issues of mental illness and suicide into the light.

    The Overnight is organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

    For more information:

  • 07 Feb 2014 9:35 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    The Health Systems Quality Assurance division of the Washington State Department of Health posts the Winter 2014 issue of the Patient Safety Quarterly.

    [From the department]

    Greetings from the Health Systems Quality Assurance division of the Washington State Department of Health. 

    Our winter 2014 issue of the Patient Safety Quarterly is now online. This newsletter focuses on business we have in common, including emerging issues, challenges and joint projects. Feel free to share this newsletter with others. We would be happy to add recipients. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what we can do to improve communications with you.  

    If you are not already receiving our newsletter and would like to be added to our distribution list, or do not wish to receive this newsletter in the future, please contact Susan Gonzales.

    Thank you for all of the work you do in protecting patient safety.  [End]

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