The Counselor and Social Worker Board was created by legislation
in 1984. The Board's primary responsibility is to protect the citizens of the
State of Ohio through the licensure of Counselors and Social Workers. The Board
does this through the establishment of licensure and practice standards for the
professional practice of counseling and social work.
In April 2004 Marriage and Family Therapists were added as a
licensee group and the Board's name changed to the Counselor, Social Worker
& Marriage and Family Therapist Board.
The Board consists of fifteen members appointed by the Governor.
Four members must be licensed professional counselors; four members must be
licensed social workers or independent social workers; four members must be
independent marriage and family therapists or marriage and family therapists;
and three members are representatives of the public. The three professions each
have a professional standards committee made up of four professionals and a
The Board and committees meet six times a year to review license applications
and conduct other Board business. Usually meetings are held on the third
Thursday and Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.
The Board is supported by thirteen staff members. The office hours of the
Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board are 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday…excluding
state observed holidays.