Member Information Update

Mandatory Reporting

There are three situations,  where it is necessary to share certain information with others and the appropriate authorities when there is clear indication that someone may be harmed.
1. Adult and Domestic Abuse: Having  reasonable cause to believe that an adult is in need of protective services (regarding abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment), we will report such to the local agency which provides protective services.
2. Serious threat to Health or Safety: If there is an expression of  a serious threat, or intent to kill or seriously injure an identified or readily identifiable person or group of people, and we determine that you are likely to carry out the threat. We will take reasonable measures to prevent harm. Reasonable measures may include directly advising the potential victim of the threat or intent.
3. Child Abuse: Having reasonable cause, on the basis of our professional judgment, to suspect abuse of children with whom we come into contact in our professional capacity, we are required by law to report this to the Department of Family & Social Services. 

To All GBOE Members and Christian Counselors:

Due to intense scrutiny from the State Composite Board and the court system and because of a recent Grand Jury decision to prosecute a non-certified counselor we have to make sure we are adhering to the State of Georgia’s new interpretation of title “43-10a-7(11)”.

The counselor was not certified, counseling under an ecclesiastical authority nor could he prove that he was using Biblical doctrine as it was his word against the counselee. The Grand Jury said there was no way to prove that a counselor uses Biblical doctrine.

This puts in question “title 43-10a-7 (11)” persons engaged in a practice of a specialty in accordance with Biblical doctrine in public or non-profit agencies or entities or in private practice”, therefore, the State of Georgia requires Christian Counselor’s to be a part of an ecclesiastical body.

This puts all Christian Counselors in jeopardy if they are not certified and accountable to an established ecclesiastical authority.  Due to this new ruling we have formed a relationship with Logos Global Network of Christian Ministries which is recognized by the Federal and State Government as an ecclesiastical association.

To have this covering & protection you must be certified by the Georgia Board of Examiners for Christian Counselors and Therapists unless you are recognized in writing by an ecclesiastical association or denomination.

The Certification fee has gone to $150 for 2 years and you must apply for your certification by filling out completely the new application form and include a passport size picture and a check or money order payable to GBOE. Upon approval of your application you will receive your new certificate, a picture I.D. card showing you are certified by GBOE and under the LGN Christian Ministries Association and your status with your new expiration date on the new GBOE website which is presently adding these new benefits and will be up in a few days.

The Board of Examiners for Christian Counselors & Therapists