News & Updates

  • 02 Mar 2011 6:30 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Do you work with clients or patients on smoking cessation?

    If you are not familiar with the Washington State Tobacco Quit Line, please click below for more information.

    Free online training for health care providers is available by clicking on the link below.

    "You’ll learn what happens when a tobacco user makes that call and who the quit coaches are. You can also listen to a portion of a call. You’ll get step-by-step instructions on how to connect tobacco users to the Quitline. The online training is fully narrated and interactive with provider and patient demonstrations." -Betty Moe (WA State Dept. of Health)

  • 08 Feb 2011 4:17 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Washington State Board of Health:  "Council to hear briefing on behavioral health.  Thursday, February 10, Department of Health Town Center 2, Tumwater.  On Thursday the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities will hear a briefing on behavioral health. The council will also discuss the process for selecting priorities for its next state action plan."

    CLICK HERE for more information.

  • 21 Jan 2011 10:02 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Information in health care, for those who may be interested in the 2011 UW Mini-Medical School lectures.  Click HERE for more information.

    Also, mark your calendars for UW Medicine & Seattle Public Library free evening lectures. Click HERE for more information.

  • 11 Jan 2011 2:48 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Read more about the change to our General Meetings HERE.

    Our General Meetings page always has the latest information.  You can reach that information any time by going to


  • 23 Dec 2010 1:44 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Happy Holidays, from your friends at the Washington Professional Counselors Association.

  • 22 Dec 2010 8:45 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

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  • 22 Dec 2010 5:16 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    Membership materials (certificate, welcome letter, etc.) went out to all new members last week.  If you are a new member, and have not received your materials, please contact:
  • 11 Dec 2010 9:34 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Q4 Consultation Reminder : Q4 ends December 31, 2010. Certified Counselors, who have a consultant, are required to meet with their consultant a minimum of one hour during any calendar quarter in which the Certified Counselor has forty or more client contact hours. (WAC 246-810-025(2)(b))  Please be sure to check with your consultant, or give us a call, if you have any questions.

  • 08 Dec 2010 9:17 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Department of Health (department) is recruiting to create The Certified Counselors and Hypnotherapist Advisory Committee, per RCW 18.19.220.  The committee will be comprised of two certified counselors or certified advisers, two hypnotherapists, and three public members. 
    The department is seeking to appoint individuals that reflect the diversity of Washington's population and provide geographic representation from throughout the state.  The secretary appoints all members.
    To qualify an applicant:

      1.) Must be a resident of Washington State.
      2.) Cannot hold an office in a professional association for their profession.
      3.) Cannot be employed by Washington State.
      4.) Must have been actively engaged in their profession for at least five
           years immediately preceding appointment.
      5.) Public members must represent the general public and be unaffiliated
           directly or indirectly with the professions credentialed under chapter
           18.19 RCW.

    The mandate of the Department of Health is to promote the delivery of quality health care to the residents of the state by regulating the competency and quality of professional health care providers. The advisory committee will assist the Department of Health with accomplishing this mandate through a variety of activities.

    Duties include, but are not limited to:

      A.) Establishing qualifications for minimal competency to grant or deny
           licensure for certified counselors, certified advisers, and
      B.) Regulating the competency and quality of professional health care
           providers by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing qualifications for
      C.) Establishing and monitoring compliance with continuing education
      D.) Ensuring consistent standards of practice.
      E.) Developing continuing competency mechanisms. 
      F.) Serving as members of standing committees, when appointed.
      G.) Developing rules, policies, and procedures that promote the delivery
           of quality health care to the residents of the state.

    The committee will meet about six (6) times the first year and three (3) times yearly after that.  They will meet at the department's office in Tumwater or Kent.  Members are paid $50 per day and are reimbursed for travel expenses and meals.
    Total Annual Time Commitment:
      Meeting/Conferences:  3 to 6 days per year
      Meeting Preparation:  1 to 2 hours per meeting

    If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a position, please complete an application promptly and return it with a current resume, and a cover letter of interest.

    If you have any questions about serving on the committee, please contact Leann Yount, Program Manager, at Department of Health, Certified Counselor/Advisor & Hypnotherapy Committee,  Post Office Box 47852, Olympia WA 98504-7852, call (360) 236-4856, or send an email to
    You can complete a "secretary application" at the following link:


    Thank you.

  • 06 Dec 2010 10:35 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    The Washington State Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee is currently accepting application for the following:

        1.) Three public members
        2.) Licensed Advanced Social Worker

    In order to qualify you must meet the following:

        A.) Live in Washington. 
        B.) Cannot hold an office in a professional association for Mental Health, Social Work, or Marriage and Family Therapy.
        C.) Cannot be employees of Washington State.  
        D.) Each professional member must have been actively engaged as a mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, or social worker for five years immediately preceding appointment.
        E.) Public members represent the public and cannot be affiliated with the professions listed in RCW 18.225.

    The committee meets four times each year. Members are paid $50 a day, and travel expenses.

    If you have questions, please contact Betty J. Moe at DOH, Licensed Counselor Program, PO Box 47852, Olympia WA 98504-7852, (360) 236-4912, or e-mail at

    You can get the application by accessing our website at:

    Applications must be received by January 10, 2010

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