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About Our Association

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.

Our History

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.

Our VISION

Dedicated to the well-being of our clients and the professionalism of our members.

Our Mission

LCPCM serves and advocates for LCPCs by:
  1. Working for legislative equity and professional parity
  2. Offering opportunities for growth and clinical competency
  3. Advocating for client access to quality clinical mental health treatment
  4. Promoting clinical competency and high ethical standards

Our Accomplishments

  • 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 President, President Elect, Past President, Treasurer, Secretary and two Board Members at Large. Committee Chairs consist of Legislative, Membership, Professional Development, Supervision, Web page, and LGPC/Student Liaison.

LCPCM Officers
(Please click on names to access profiles and contact info)

LCPCM | P.O. Box 7762, Wilmington, NC 28406  • 443-370-1255 • mylcpcm@gmail.com

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