Diagnosis Training Requirement

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New Training Requirement under GA Law  (see below Module listings below) must be completed by 12/31/17

There is an entirely new educational requirement that has been written into GA law that must be understood and complied with by all licensed social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Failure to comply with this requirement is failure to comply with the LAW.

Under O.C.G.A. 377,  Senate Bill, SB 319, passed and signed into law on April 26, 2016, states all licensees regulated by the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists who are “working with people with mental illness, developmental disability, or substance abuse” who do not meet certain exemptions (noted below) must demonstrate proof of training.  (mostly likely the board will decide it needs to be on your transcript)

Affected licensees: All LAPCs, LPCs,“working with people with mental illness, developmental disability, or substance abuse”.

Deadline for compliance: As of midnightDecember 31, 2017 all required coursework must have been completed.

Two Exemption guidelines: 

1) Clinicians licensed at the Independent level (LCSW, LPC, LMFT) for at least TEN (10) YEARS before April 26, 2016, shall be grandfathered in and exempt from these requirements if they are and always have been in good standing with the Composite Board.  


 2) Clinicians who have completed a graduate level course of a minimum of three (3) credit hours in Psychopathology or Diagnosis will be considered to have fulfilled their education requirements under this new law. Look at your LPC application, did you fill in a course under IX Psychopathology?  

Best Practice:  “Licensees should be able to produce a graduate school transcript showing completion of the graduate level course that meeting Rule 135-5-.02 (a) 11 (IX) course description or certificates of completion for the 45 hours training program”.


At this time, the Licensing Board has not completed and finalized a rule on the requirements under the new LAW.  The Licensing Board, by law, will decide what course or training program is acceptable. The course requirement must be completed before January 1, 2018.  LPCA has been engaged in the development of this best practice program that will thoroughly cover the psychopathology / diagnosis educational training. As the rule is further clarified, any modifications to this program to meet the Licensed Board’s standards will be made and integrated into the course curriculum of this 45-hour training program.


SUMMER Series: 08/18/17 & 08/25/17 (8 TOTAL Sessions: 3 Online, 2 sessions In-Person, 3 in Fall Session

FALL Series: (8 sessions) 09/09/17 -12/16/17
Module 1 September 8  FRIDAY  (date change)
Module 2 September 22 Friday
Module 3 October 6 Friday
Module 4 October 21 Saturday
Module 5 October 27 Friday
Module 6 November 10 Friday
Module 7 December 8 Friday
Module 8 December 16 Saturday