The license of a Social Worker, Counselor, or Marriage and Family Therapist can be verified through the online license look up found at elicense.ohio.gov. Click on LICENSE LOOK UP in the upper right corner of the eLicense home page. Provide as much information as possible regarding the licensee. Be sure to select "Counselor, Social Worker, & MFT Board" to help narrow the search.
How Do I Check a Counselor's, Social Worker's or Marriage & Family Therapist's Qualifications?
When selecting a counselor, social worker or marriage and family therapist it is advisable to contact the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board at the following number: (614) 466-0912. You can also obtain the same information on the state web site: LICENSE LOOK UP. Not all counselors in Ohio have a license, but only licensed counselors may call themselves Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). Not all social workers in Ohio have a license, but only licensed social workers may call themselves Licensed Social Workers (LSW) or Licensed Independent Social Workers (LISW). Not all marriage and family therapists in Ohio have a license, but only licensed marriage and family therapists may call themselves licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) or licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapists (IMFT).
The Board is able to share with you whether a particular counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist has been licensed. If the counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist is indeed licensed, that is your assurance that the counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist has met the education, experience and examination requirements for professional practice established by Ohio law. The Board is also able to inform you if the individual's license is current, lapsed, if the counselor, social worker, or marriage and family therapist has had disciplinary action taken against their license.