605 N Terrace Place, Morganton, NC 28655
Our Mission Statement & Core Values
Licensed Clinical Counselors serve a vital role in the mental health and wellbeing of the citizens of NC, the Licensed Clinical Counselors of North Carolina (LCCNC) promotes the development of LCMHCs through professional excellence and advocacy. LCCNC provides a voice for public policy, directs the activities of our professional lobbyist, and responds to the continuing education needs of LCMHCs in North Carolina.
Our History & Background
The origins of LCCNC date back to the many unmet professional needs of LPCs.In the fall of 1995, four LPCs met at a coffee house in Raleigh, North Carolina to discuss NC LPC professional interests. The 1995 establishment of the Licensed Clinical Counselors of North Carolina (LCCNC) was founded to advance and address the needs of Licensed Professional Counselors working in a wide variety of settings. Broad and inclusive membership, advocacy, communication among LPCs, and professional development were the founding core values and continue as the mission and top goals of the association. Initially, LCCNC was incorporated as a “Not-for-Profit”. Subsequently, LCCNC was “re” incorporated as a Non-Profit Professional Membership Corporation on July 12, 2005 and received IRS Non-Profit 501(c)6 status on August 31, 2005.
Our Current Projects & Mental Health Initiatives
2024 Advocacy Priorities:
- Encourage North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) to more fully utilize Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors to address mental health concerns in North Carolina schools.
- Increase opportunities for LCMHC’s to provide services to historically marginalized groups including NC citizens with chronic disabilities, both physical and/or mental.
- Continue to support efforts affirming LGBTQIA+ human rights, equal access to community services, and the freedom to define individual identity choices through ongoing continuing education efforts.
- Support the advancement of evidence-based mental health treatment protocols to include exploration & research on non-traditional therapies including cannabis & psychedelics.
- Monitor, and collaborate as needed with, the NCBLMHC with regard to counseling licensure law and administrative rules to ensure scope of practice professional licensure needs are addressed, the public is protected, and the profession continues to advance positive mental health outcomes for all North Carolina’s citizens. This effort includes opposing efforts to include graduates of non-CACREP accredited programs a path to LCMHC licensure in North Carolina.
- Collaborate with LCCNC clinical partner organizations to promote positive mental health treatment outcomes.
- Update and inform membership on Interstate Compact Commission regarding implementation of Interstate Counseling Compact.
- Support diversity and multicultural awareness in employment and clinical work settings plus counselor training sites through ongoing advocacy and networking opportunities.
- Support the integration of mental health into primary care through interdisciplinary collaboration.