Mental Health in Pennsylvania
  • Petitioned Pennsylvania State Board of Professional Counselors

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State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors
Pennsylvania State Board of Professional Counselors
Pennsylvania Governor
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania State House

Mental Health in Pennsylvania

    1. Kimberly Smith
    2. Petition by

      Kimberly Smith

      Denton, TX

Pennsylvania state requirements inhibit those earning master's degrees from another state from moving to Pennsylvania and have their education be recognized. Sadly, this stands in the way of many needed mental health workers from relocating to Pennsylvania, as the educational requirements to receive an LPC in PA exceeds that of many other states. In the state of Pennsylvania, those wishing to become licensed as an LPC must complete a “planned” master’s degree, which requires students to have 60 educational credits. Many other states only require a 42-hour master’s degree. One would think the simple solution would be to have those who received the 42-hour master’s degree simply take the additional credits when they move to PA or at another institution following graduation. However, Pennsylvania does not recognize this as a “planned” master’s degree and rather instructs individuals interested in becoming licensed in the state of Pennsylvania with a 42-credit master’s degree to begin a new program and obtain a new 60-credit degree! In this economy, no one is looking for additional student loans and educational costs when a majority of it has already been completed! Tell PA Licensing officials to allow individuals to take an additional 12-credit hours following graduation to encourage the movement of mental health professionals to our great state!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nick Ernest HELOTES, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Because this is important for the state of Pennsylvania.

    • jaime pardo DES MOINES, WA
      • about 2 years ago

      because qualified individuals who can provide mental health, or any other social service should be able to serve any community across the nation.

    • Alexia Hozella HERSHEY, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Licensing should be recognized nationwide.

    • Jarryd Willis DALLAS, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      It is incomprehensible that while we are progressing to have marriage licenses recognized across state lines that Pennsylvania would take a regressive stance to reject educational licenses from different states.

    • Ryan Giuliano EUGENE, OR
      • about 2 years ago

      College educations must be recognized across the nation. It is a dangerous trend for one state to decide they will not recognize academic merits earned at an institute of higher learning from another state. In our increasingly global economy, such a strategy seems damaging to America's growth.


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