Michigan Board of Counseling

Public Act 421 of 1988, amended the Public Health Code, Public Act 368 of 1978, as amended, creating the Michigan Board of Counseling.
 
The Public Health Code defines the practice of counseling to mean the rendering to individuals, groups, families, organizations, or the general public a service involving the application of clinical counseling principles, methods, or procedures for the purpose of achieving social, personal, career, and emotional development and with the goal of promoting and enhancing healthy, self actualizing and satisfying lifestyles whether the services are rendered in an educational, business, health, private practice, or human services setting.
The Public Health Code mandates certain responsibilities and duties for a health professional licensing board. Underlying all duties is the responsibility of the Board to promote and protect the public's health, safety, and welfare. This responsibility is implemented by ascertaining minimal entry level competency of health practitioners. The Board also has the obligation to take disciplinary action against licensees who have adversely affected the public's health, safety, and welfare.
The Michigan Board of Counseling consists of 11 voting members: 6 counselors, 1 mental health professional, and 4 public members.
The board works with the department to oversee the practice of approximately 9,099 Counselors.
Statute
Contact Information
LARA – Bureau of Professional Licensing
Phone:  (517) 373-8068
FAX:  (517) 241-2389
Web:  www.michigan.gov/bpl
Email:  BPL-BoardSupport@michigan.gov
 
Members 
Jana Simmons, Ferndale
General public
Term expires 6/30/18

Carol Giacoletto, East Lansing
General public
Term expires 6/30/18

Kimberly Easterle Mattes, Grosse Pointe Woods
General public
Term expires 6/30/18

Katie Bozek, Grand Rapids
Statutorily regulated health professions
Term expires 6/30/18
 
Diane Parfitt, Ypsilanti
Engaged primarily in providing counseling techniques, behavior modification techniques, or preventive techniques to clients
Term expires 6/30/19 
 
Patrick Munley, Kalamazoo
Engaged primarily in teaching, training, or research in counseling
Term expires 6/30/19
 
Robyn Emde, St. Joseph
Engaged primarily in teaching, training, or research in counseling
Term expires 6/30/20 
 
Gerald Papazian, Lake Ann
Engaged primarily in providing counseling techniques, behavior modification techniques, or preventive techniques to clients
Term expires 6/30/20
 
Harold Love,  Clarkston
Engaged primarily in the administration of counseling services
Term expires 6/30/21
 
LuAnn Hurd, Hudson
Engaged primarily in providing counseling techniques, behavior modification techniques, or preventive techniques to clients
Term expires 6/30/21
 
Therese Empie, White Lake
General public
Term expires 6/30/21