Mission Statement

To protect the public health, safety and welfare through the licensure and regulation of those who provide counseling and marriage and family therapy services in Idaho.

Welcome to the Board's webpage! Information and announcements will be posted here. Please click the links on the left for specific areas of interest.

UPDATE:  On May 19, 2017, Executive Order 2017-06 – “Idaho Licensing Freedom Act” was signed, and comments are being accepted from interested persons in response to that Executive Order. Please click here for more information or to comment.

Click the Calendar link on the left for scheduled Board meetings and agendas.

The practice of professional counseling and the practice of marriage and family therapy for the general public are regulated practices in the state of Idaho. Practitioners are required to hold an Idaho license.

NOTE: The Board recently approved Telehealth Guidelines for Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists for all licensees who are using telehealth in their practice. Please click here to review the guidelines.

"Marriage and family therapy" means the evaluation and treatment of mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Marriage and family therapy includes the professional application of psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples and families for the purpose of treating nervous and mental disorders including, but not limited to, addictive disorders.

"Practice of professional counseling" means the application of mental health, psychological, and human development principles in order to facilitate human development and adjustment throughout the life span; prevent, assess, and treat mental, emotional or behavioral disorders and associated distresses which interfere with mental health; conduct assessments for the purpose of establishing treatment goals and objectives; and plan, implement and evaluate treatment plans using counseling treatment interventions.

Counseling for the general public is a regulated practice in Idaho. Practitioners are required to hold an Idaho license.

Please contact the Board if you have questions via phone at (208) 334-3233 or via E-mail at