The Professional Counselor Examiners Committee was established on December 10, 1997 (pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:8B- 34 et seq.) to function as a committee of the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners. The Committee consists of six residents of New Jersey, four of whom are licensed professional counselors engaged primarily in the practice of counseling, one of whom is a licensed professional counselor engaged in teaching, training or research in counseling, and one of whom is a licensed rehabilitation counselor primarily engaged in the practice of rehabilitation counseling. The members are appointed by the Governor. Regular meetings of the Committee are held on the first Thursday of every month at 124 Halsey Street, Newark, New Jersey, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The purpose of the Committee is:
- to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of New Jersey;
- to regulate the practice of professional counseling and rehabilitation counseling; and
- to take action against the unprofessional, improper, unauthorized or unqualified practice of professional counseling and guard against unprofessional conduct by the licensed individuals who practice professional counseling.
The Committee protects the public by:
- making sure all professional counselors meet the requirements set by statute;
- investigating and prosecuting professional counselors who break the State's consumer protection laws; and
- requiring all professional counselors to be licensed and to renew their licenses biennially.