Rep. Miller’s plan clarifies scope of practice for Michigan counselors

State Rep. Aaron Miller, of Sturgis, has introduced a measure to update and clarify counseling practices under Michigan law.

Miller said updates are needed to ensure the law reflects the actual scope of practice and training of licensed professional counselors, and to be consistent with wording in the Board of Counseling’s Administrative Rules.

This measure would be the first update to this law since it was enacted 30 years ago.

“Current statute is outdated and does not accurately reflect what is practiced by counselors today,” Miller said. “This plan brings Michigan law up to date.”

The most notable issue is whether counselors are able to provide diagnosis and psychotherapy. Miller’s bill clarifies the current counseling techniques and includes psychotherapy and diagnosis in Michigan law.

The bill was referred to the House Health Policy Committee for consideration.

HERE IS A LINK TO THE HOUSE BILL NO. 4325

3 Comments

  1. Please be aware that I am in support of House Bill No. 4325 as it clarifies current counseling techniques and includes psychotherapy and diagnosis in Michigan law necessary to support the continued practice of Licensed Professional Counselors and who frequently are practicing in geographic areas that lack sufficient mental health practitioners.

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  2. I read through 4325 and would like to know why a counselor would be able to use the title of “therapist”.

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    • The term “therapist” is a generic term that can be used by mental health professionals. 4325 is including the term to ensure that LPC’s are always included as therapists.

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