News & Updates

  • 31 Jul 2010 12:32 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    As most of you know, July 1st was the official start date of the new certified counseling credentials in the State of Washington.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! all newly credentialed counselors.

    In order to ensure that you are practicing with the guidelines of your new credential, please be certain that you have the appropriate consultant or supervisor declaration document filed with the WA State Dept. of Health.  More information will be included in our Newsletter.  Please be sure to sign-up for our Newsletter at any one of the designated links on our website.

    Again, Congratulations!
  • 29 May 2010 2:39 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

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  • 24 May 2010 1:13 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    This important update has been communicated, by the Dept. of Health:

    The following blurb has will be added to the Professions in Mental Health
    website and the
    Certified Counselor website

    *   Important Update For Registered Counselors Applying For
    Certified Counselor Under Alternative C

    This notice applies only to registered counselors applying for certified
    counselor under Alternative C. Applicants using this alternative must
    have an active registered counselor credential and have had it for at
    least five years.

    The counseling-related degree requirement for certified counselor
    applicants may be waived until June 30, 2010. Applicants must submit
    applications and meet other requirements by June 30, 2010. The only
    exception is the examination for certified counselor. Applicants have
    until September 30, 2010 to complete and pass the examination.

    Failure to submit the application and meet requirements by June 30 and
    pass the examination by September 30 will disqualify applicants for the
    degree waiver.

    Note: Anyone providing counseling in Washington must have an active
    credential. The above policy does not change this requirement.
    Registered counselors who do not have a new credential by July 1, 2010
    must stop practicing.

  • 20 May 2010 11:33 AM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Certified Counselor and Certified Advisor testing facilities are located in the following cities, in Washington State.  The specific locations, dates, and times available for testing are provided to you - upon approval by the Dept. of Health to schedule your exam.

    If you have not submitted your application, or recently submitted it, please be sure to create your Webassessor account today, so that it’s available for the department to ‘approve’ you for scheduling your exam.  If you are not approved to take the exam, you will notice that Webassessor will tell you that a ‘pre-requisite’ has not been met.

    Go here to read more about setting up your Webassessor account:

    • Redmond, WA
    • Bellingham, WA
    • Ellensburg, WA
    • Lacey, WA
    • Richland, WA
    • Spokane, WA
    • Tacoma, WA
  • 14 May 2010 3:13 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    Two new updates have been communicated by the Dept. of Health.

    • The initial three (3) week re-examination process has been changed to a one (1) week waiting period, prior to retaking the exam.  This is for those who may not pass the examination the first time.

    • Wording on the Certified Counselor/Certified Advisor Application has been updated, to reflect the correct process for applying under Alternative C.  In order to apply for the new credential under Alternative C, all requirements must be met prior to June 30, 2010.  Those applying after June 30, 2010 must apply under Alternative A or Alternative B, and are required to have a supervisory agreement.

      The application can be found by clicking on this link:

  • 16 Apr 2010 3:19 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    Counsel for counselors: Get a new credential by July 1 or stop practicing - 4/15/2010 - Washington State Department of Health"Counsel for counselors: Get a new credential by July 1 or stop practicing.  Law abolishes registered counselor category; thousands haven’t turned in applications yet"

    "More than 10,000 counselors may not be able to practice in Washington after June 30. Many people who work as registered counselors haven’t taken the necessary steps to stay in practice, and the time for them to act is growing short."

    Read the full story here:
  • 15 Apr 2010 2:15 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    The Certified Counselor Exam Prep Course is coming to Spokane, WA.  Please click here to register for the course.

    If you have any questions, please email me at

    Thank you,
  • 01 Apr 2010 8:59 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)

    This message was posted to the Registered Counselors Listserv, today, from the WA State Dept. of Health.

    "Good afternoon.

    The certified counselor application has been updated to add clarity

    If you have not yet applied for the certified counselor credential, please use the updated application.  If you have already submitted an application, you do not need to submit another one.

    If you have questions regarding the certified counselor exam, please review the exam frequently asked questions document for answers regarding the six hour course dates and entities offering the course, study references for the exam, etc.

    Thank you."

    If you are not on the listserv, you may wish to sign-up, in order to get the latest updates from the department.  Here is the direct link:

  • 17 Mar 2010 10:41 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    Congratulations!!! our newly credentialed members, as Washington State Certified Counselors.
  • 24 Feb 2010 11:52 PM | Tim Livingston (Administrator)
    Our 'Links' page has been updated to include information on where to find the new laws and rules, and a PDF chart called "What Credential Do I Qualify For?".  Check them out by clicking HERE.

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