Diagnosis Training Requirement

Want to Offer a Diagnosis Training Program.  Here is the application.  CLICK HERE   BUT read the Requirements FIRST

REQUIREMENTS - Three Documents, there are multiple requirements covered in these documents. 

Document 1 of 3     Document 2 of 3     Document 3 of 3  There is strict adherence to the program requirements

I know I have to take the course"...CLICK HERE to register.  SEE below for course work

Frequently Asked Question about the law and requirements READ THIS      CLICK HERE for webpage

New Training Requirement under GA Law  (see below Module listings below) must be completed by 12/31/17

There is an entirely new educational requirement that has been written into GA law that must be understood and complied with by all licensed social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. Failure to comply with this requirement is failure to comply with the LAW.

Under O.C.G.A. 377,  Senate Bill, SB 319, passed and signed into law on April 26, 2016, states all licensees regulated by the Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists who are “working with people with mental illness, developmental disability, or substance abuse” who do not meet certain exemptions (noted below) must demonstrate proof of training.  (mostly likely the board will decide it needs to be on your transcript)

Affected licensees: All LAPCs, LPCs,“working with people with mental illness, developmental disability, or substance abuse”.

Deadline for compliance: As of midnight, December 31, 2017 all required coursework must have been completed.

Two Exemption guidelines: 

1) Clinicians licensed at the Independent level (LCSW, LPC, LMFT) for at least TEN (10) YEARS before April 26, 2016, shall be grandfathered in and exempt from these requirements if they are and always have been in good standing with the Composite Board.  


 2) Clinicians who have completed a graduate level course of a minimum of three (3) credit hours in Psychopathology or Diagnosis will be considered to have fulfilled their education requirements under this new law. Look at your LPC application, did you fill in a course under IX Psychopathology?  

Best Practice:  “Licensees should be able to produce a graduate school transcript showing completion of the graduate level course that meeting Rule 135-5-.02 (a) 11 (IX) course description or certificates of completion for the 45 hours training program”.


At this time, the Licensing Board has not completed and finalized a rule on the requirements under the new LAW.  The Licensing Board, by law, will decide what course or training program is acceptable. The course requirement must be completed before January 1, 2018.  LPCA has been engaged in the development of this best practice program that will thoroughly cover the psychopathology / diagnosis educational training. As the rule is further clarified, any modifications to this program to meet the Licensed Board’s standards will be made and integrated into the course curriculum of this 45-hour training program.


If you miss a Module in the First Series you can make it up in the Second Series. 

“Material from the first two modules may be taken in an online format on the yourceus.com web site. Once registered for the 45-hour program, you may contact yourceus.com by phone (888-247-1991 toll-free) or email (info@yourceus.com) to receive an easy to follow instruction sheet on how to access and use the online courses. “

First Series: (8 sessions) 03/10/2017 - 06/16/2017

Module 1 March 10 Friday  (also available online)

Module 2 March 18 Saturday (also available online)

Module 3 April 22 Saturday

Module 4 April 28 Friday

Module 5 May 6 Saturday

Module 6 June 3 Saturday

Module 7 June 10 Saturday

Module 8 June 16 Friday

Second Series: (8 sessions) 09/09/17 -12/16/17

Module 1 September 9 Saturday

Module 2 September 22 Friday

Module 3 October 6 Friday

Module 4 October 21 Saturday

Module 5 October 27 Friday

Module 6 November 10 Friday

Module 7 December 8 Friday

Module 8 December 16 Saturday

Training Topics

Module 1 Introduction to the DSM-5

Module 2 Medical Conditions, and Lifestyle Contributing MH Concerns

Module 3 Anxiety Disorders and Depressive Disorders

Module 4 Disorders: Substance Use, Impulse Control, Conduct, and Personally

Module 5 Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders: Neurodevelopmental, Elimination, Feeding, Eating

Module 6 Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: Dissociative, Trauma, and Stressor Related

Module 7 Neurocognitive Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders, Bipolar and Related Disorders

Module 8 Disorders: Paraphilic, Sexual Functioning, Gender Dysphoria


3/10 – Park Springs: 500 Springhouse Circle, Stone Mountain, GA 30087

3/18 – Holiday Inn Roswell, 909 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076

4/22 – TBA Metro Atlanta

4/28 - TBA Metro Atlanta

5/6 – TBA Metro Atlanta

6/3 – TBA Metro Atlanta

6/10 – Emory Johns Creek Hospital 6325 Hospital Pkwy, Johns Creek, GA 30097

6/16 – TBA

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