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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 board works with the department to oversee the practice of approximately 9,099 Counselors.
 
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 appointments of this board are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
 
Board of Counseling homepage and meeting information
 

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 

Charles Hughes, Gaylord
Engaged primarily in providing counseling techniques, behavior modification techniques, or preventive techniques to clients
Term expires 6/30/23
 
Janet Glaes, Vicksburg
Engaged primarily in teaching, training, or research in counseling
Term expires 6/30/23
 
Rotesa Baker, Detroit
Engaged primarily in teaching, training, or research in counseling
Term expires 6/30/24
 
Roberto Overton, Berrien Center
Engaged primarily in providing counseling techniques, behavior modification techniques, or preventative techniques to clients
Term expires 6/30/24
 
Napoleon Harrington, Clarkson
Engaged primarily in the administration of counseling services  
Term expires 6/30/25
 
Dr. Sheri Pickover, Grand Rapids 
Engaged primarily in providing counseling techniques, behavior modification techniques, or preventative techniques to clients
Term expires 6/30/25
 
Leslie Addison, Cheboygan
General public
Term expires 6/30/25
 
Mary Billman, Kentwood
General public
Term expires 6/30/26

Walter Harper, Rose City
General public
Term expires 6/30/26
 
Laura Mammen, Hudsonville

Statutorily regulated health professionals
Term expires 6/30/26
 
Robin Chosa, Baraga 
General Public
Term expires 6/30/26