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Rule 4757-3-02 | Abbreviations and titles.


(A) Counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists licensed or registered by the board shall use the following abbreviations to designate their titles as defined in paragraphs (Q)(1) to (Q)(10), (S), (T), (AA) and (FF) of rule 4757-3-01 of the Administrative Code:

(1) "LPCC" means a "Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor";

(2) "LPCC-S" means a "Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with training supervision designation";

(3) "LISW means an "Independent Social Worker";

(4) "LISW-S" means an "Independent Social Worker with training supervision designation";

(5) "LPC" means a "Licensed Professional Counselor";

(6) "LPC-S" means a "Licensed Professional Counselor with training supervision designation";

(7) "LSW" or means a "Social Worker";

(8) "SWA" means a "Registered Social Work Assistant";

(9) "CT" means a "Registered Counselor Trainee";

(10) "IMFT" means an "Independent Marriage and Family Therapist";

(11) "MFT" means a "Marriage and Family Therapist";

(12) "SWT" means a registered "Social Worker Trainee".

(13) LPC-TEMP" means a "Licensed Professional Counselor" with a temporary license.

(14) "LSW-TEMP" or means a "Social Worker" with a temporary license.

(15) "MFT-TEMP" means a "Marriage and Family Therapist" with a temporary license.

(16) "IMFT-S" means an "Independent Marriage and Family Therapist" with training supervision designation.

(17) "MFTT" means a registered "Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee."

(B) "Marriage and Family Therapists" may not use the title "Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist" or the abbreviation "LMFT."

(C) Licensees shall indicate after their name on official documents the appropriate abbreviations of the current active license, or licenses, issued to them by this board.

(D) No person licensed by this board shall use after their name the title of abbreviation for any license, certification, or registration that they do not hold at the time of the use of said title or abbreviation.

(E) A person whose license has been suspended or revoked by the board or its professional standards committee shall not use with their name the abbreviation or title of that license while it is under suspension or revocation, nor shall any person whose license has expired use its abbreviation or title.

(F) The use of any abbreviation or title contained in this rule by persons unlicensed by this board shall be considered a violation of divisions (A) to (C) of section 4757.02 of the Revised Code.

Last updated March 19, 2024 at 12:15 PM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4757.10
Amplifies: 4757.01 , 4757.10 , 4757.22 , 4757.23 , 4757.27 , 4757.28 , 4757.29 , 4757.30
Five Year Review Date: 4/17/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 12/19/1985, 7/3/1997, 9/20/2002, 4/10/2004, 11/4/2006, 11/8/2007, 3/4/2010, 11/3/2014, 7/1/2016