Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board
The Board is legislatively mandated to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Wyoming by ensuring that those individuals licensed or certified to provide these mental health services in this state are appropriately qualified.
Who Must Be Licensed or Certified
Wyoming is a Practice Act and Title Protection state. This means that persons must be licensed or certified by the Board in order to provide the services defined herein. It also means that only persons licensed or certified by the Board may identify themselves with the titles restricted. Of course, as with most laws, there are exemptions. Exempted individuals who may practice the professions regulated without holding a license issued by the Board are:
- Qualified members of other legally recognized professions who are otherwise licensed or certified by this state provided they do not represent themselves as licensed to practice these mental health professions. (Such as physicians, psychologists, advanced nurse practitioners with a psychiatric specialty, school counselors and school social workers.)
- Students providing supervised services as part of a practicum or internship during their degree programs in an accredited institution of higher education.
- Nonresidents who are licensed or certified by another state regulatory board, who do not provide services in this state for more than thirty (30) days during any calendar year.
- A rabbi, priest, minister, clergy or any person acting as a lay religious counselor of any religious denomination or sect provided that the services are within the scope of regular or specialized ministerial duties, the counseling is clearly identified as being based on religious principles and there is no fee for services.
- Persons offering unpaid volunteer services for organizations or charities provided that these persons are approved by the organizations or agencies for whom the services are rendered.
(Specific definitions of exemptions are detailed in W.S. 33-38-103.)