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Board of Mental Health Practice FAQ

FAQs for the NH OPLC Board of Mental Health

How do I sign up for the ASWB clinical social work exam?

If you have an approved Candidate for Licensure Agreement on file with the Board complete the Request to sit for ASWB Clinical Exam form and return it to the Board office.

When can I take the ASWB clinical social work exam?

You may take the exam when the Board approves your request. You must take and pass the exam before you submit your full application for licensure.

How do I sign up for the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam?

Go to nbcc.org and register for the NCMHC exam. Beginning in June 2008 the exam will be administered via computer at various testing sites throughout the United States.

When can I take the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam?

You may take the exam after your master's or doctoral degree has been granted. You must take and pass the test before you submit an application for licensure.

How do I sign up for the Marriage and Family Exam?

Complete the Request to sit for the Marriage and Family exam form and return it to the Board office via fax or mail for review.

When can I take the Marriage and Family exam?

You may take the exam when the Board approves your Request to sit for the Marriage and Family exam. The Board will send you an email with instructions on how to register for the National Marital and Family Therapy Examination. For information regarding exam dates, testing centers, score transfer forms and AMFTRB handbook, visit the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards website.

How do I register for the National Pastoral Counselor Examination?

In order to sit for the written Pastoral Psychotherapist Examination, you need to submit a full application for pastoral psychotherapist licensure for the Board to review. Once the Board approves your application you will be scheduled for the exam.

Do I need a Candidate for Licensure Agreement on file if I am not working on my post-graduate hours in New Hampshire?

No. The Board does not have jurisdiction over the supervision of hours in another state.

Does New Hampshire have reciprocity with any other states?

No. New Hampshire does not have reciprocity with any other states.

Do I need to complete a Supervisory Agreement if my clinical work was completed in a state other than New Hampshire?

No. However, when you submit your application materials, you will still need to complete the Summary of Supervised Clinical Experience Grid Sheet, which should match the hours verified on the Supervisor’s Confirmation of Clinical Experience form by present and/or past supervisors.

How can I get written verification of licensure?

Send a written request to the Board office with a check for $10.00 made out to the State of New Hampshire.

How can I get a letter of good standing?

Send a written request to the Board office with a check for $25.00 made out to the State of New Hampshire.

How can I get a duplicate license?

Send a written request to the Board office with a check for $10.00 made out to the State of New Hampshire.

How many continuing education credits do I need to renew my license?

You need 40 CEU's with 6 in ethics during your two- year license period. Refer to Administrative Rule Mhp 402 for complete details.

How many home study credits are accepted for license renewal?

You may take 20 CEU's out of the required 40 as home study.

What kind of continuing education programs are accepted?

The Board does not approve specific continuing education programs. The Board accepts CEU's that are approved by national organizations. All licensees may obtain credits from any of the national organizations listed in Mhp 402.02(b). You may attend workshops/seminars etc. that are approved by the national organization that might not be the national organization for your specific profession. For example, if you are a licensed clinical mental health counselor, you may attend and get credit for workshops/seminars sponsored by NASW, AAMFT or any of the others listed in the rule. The same applies to the other professions licensed with the Board. For a complete list of these organizations please see Board rule Mhp 402.02(b).

How can I get a copy of a disciplinary action?

All disciplinary actions can be viewed and downloaded from the website.

How do I register an alleged misconduct?

You need to complete the Report of Alleged Misconduct Form. Please be sure to complete all sections of the form or it will be returned to you. You may attach a typed word document to the Details of Alleged Misconduct section of the form

How do I change my address with the Board?

You will need to complete a Change of Address form and mail it or fax it to the Board office.

Board of Mental Health Practice
7 Eagle Square
Concord NH 03301
(603) 271-3950 (fax)

How do I obtain mailing lists?

The Board of Mental Health Practice has the following lists available for purchase. The lists are emailed in text format and can be converted into Excel.

  1. Pastoral Psychotherapists;
  2. Independent clinical social workers;
  3. Clinical mental health counselors; and
  4. Marriage and family therapists.

Each list provides the licensee's name, address, license number, issue date and expiration date. There is a charge of $25.00 per list. If you wish to obtain a list/s please send a written request stating which list/s you want, an email address to send the list/s and a check made payable to Treasurer, State of NH. Mail your request to:

NH Board of Mental Health Practice
7 Eagle Square
Concord, NH 03301

Does my program for LCMHC have to be CACREP accredited?

No, however, your education program has to meet the requirements of NH Administrative Rules Mhp 305.01(b) and Mhp 305.02.