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Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association (TLPCA)

TLPCA is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization dedicated to the growth and enhancement of mental health counselors in Tennessee.

TLPCA represents Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs), regardless of where they may serve—private practice, hospitals, universities, mental health centers, etc. TLPCA also welcomes as affiliates those who educate and supervise LPCs, as well as students who are working towards becoming an LPC.

Together, TLPCA members strive to improve the quality of healthcare services that professional counselors deliver and promote LPCs as highly qualified clinical mental health providers.

Our vision is to be the state organization representing licensed professional mental health counselors with consistent standards of education, training, licensing practice, advocacy and ethics.

We invite you to peruse our site. If you have any questions, please contact us at



There have been many questions regarding deadline changes to become a Tricare Certified Mental Health Counselor and new provisions in the latest the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) of 2016.

The CACREP requirement to become an independent TRICARE provider will be extended until January 1, 2022 (instead of 1/1/17). This will allow LPCs from other CHEA accredited schools to become independent TRICARE providers. After 1/1/2022, it will be required for counselors to graduate from a CACREP accredited program in order to become an independent TRICARE provider. 


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TLPCA's mission is to enhance the profession of mental health counseling in Tennessee, and it's regions, through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development.


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