Counseling

Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Counseling

Required State License(s):

Insurance counselors (anyone engaged in the business of auditing or abstracting policies of insurance or annuities or giving advice with respect to the benefits promised) are required to be licensed. Contact the Department of Insurance and Financial Services for licensure information at 877-999-6442 or visit www.michigan.gov/difs.

Substance use disorder counselors, providing services to publicly funded clients, are required to be certified through the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) in addition to any license that may be held. The Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals is a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and can be contacted at 517-347-0891 or www.mcbap.com.

Marriage and Family Therapists must be licensed with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Contact LARA for more information at 517-241-0199 or click here for the Marriage and Family Therapy website.

Any counselors not licensed under another law are required to be licensed with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Contact LARA for more information at 517-241-0199 or click here for the Counseling website.

All applicants seeking a teaching certificate with an NT-School Counselor endorsement and those wishing to apply for a School Counselor License must apply to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to be evaluated for those credentials.  Apply to MDE for certification by logging into www.michigan.gov/MOECS only if you have completed a school counselor education program. For school counseling inquiries contact the general office number of (517) 241-5000.


Revised: 06/2019