Who We Are
LCPCM is the statewide Professional Association for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in the state of Maryland. It advocates for LCPCs and LGPCs by working to enhance opportunities for professional growth, employment, clinical competency, parity and legislative equity, while ensuring that quality mental health treatment services are available and accessible to those we serve. Our members initiated and successfully lobbied for clinical licensure for LCPCs and LGPCs.
LCPCM first served mental health counselors in 1979, as the mental health division of the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development (MACD). Known as the Maryland Mental Health Counselors Association, LCPCM separated from MACD in 1998, the same year that clinical counselors achieved licensure. Newly licensed members voted to become a separate non-profit professional association in order to establish a clear clinical professional identity and purpose. Members voted again in 2002, to change the association's name from the Maryland Mental Health Counselors Association to the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland to reflect its professional identity.
Since 1998, the Association has grown and achieved greater community recognition. Once an all volunteer association, LCPCM is now has professional lobbying and administrative support services. LCPCM is an independent voluntary state chapter of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the only association to exclusively represent Maryland's LCPCs and LGPCs in Maryland.
- To promote the profession of LCPCs and LGPCs
- To advocate for the rights and safety of clients in treatment with LCPCs and LGPCs
- To provide professional development to LCPCs and LGPCs
- To provide liaison with other professional groups at state and national levels to assist the advancement of the mental health field
- To provide information about events and developments which affect the current and future practice of LCPC's and LGPCs
- To provide opportunities for LCPCs and LGPCs to network with colleagues throughout the state of Maryland
- To educate the public about the qualifications and expertise of LCPCs and LGPCs
- To support and promote a code of ethics for LCPCs and LGPCs
- To ensure that LCPCs and LGPCs have a secure and respected role in the provision of counseling services.
- Licensure for LCPCs with rigorous clinical standards for counselors(1998)
- LCPC privileged communication statute passed to protect the confidentiality of our clients in court (1999)
- LCPCs became providers under BCBS Federal Employee Program Plans (2000)
- LCPCs became authorized to sign and implement Emergency Petition Evaluations (2001)
- The LGPC credential was established for counseling graduates (2002)
- The Maryland Insurance Code was broadened to include mandatory reimbursement to clients of LCPCs (2003)
- Advanced Assessment legislation passed for LCPCs (2008)
- A State of Maryland job classification for LCPCs with a corresponding career track was created.(2009)
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets monthly to conduct Association business. The Board consists of the Executive Director, President, Treasurer, Secretary and two Board Members at Large. Committee Chairs consists of Legislative, Membership, Professional Development, Supervision, Webpage, LGPC/Student Liaison, Managed Care and Lunch and Learn.