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A Florida court dismissed criminal charges against a pastor for practicing psychology without a license.

Key point 4-10. Every state strictly regulates the practice of both psychology and counseling. However, pastoral counseling within a church to members of the congregation does not constitute the unauthorized practice of either psychology or counseling. Clergy who establish counseling ministries outside of this limited context may be liable for the unauthorized practice of either psychology or counseling.
State Regulation of Psychologists and Counselors

* A Florida court dismissed criminal charges against a pastor for practicing psychology without a license. An undercover officer from the state attorney general's office went to the home of an ordained minister pretending he was in need of counseling, and received counseling for which he paid a fee on several occasions. The state then charged the minister with practicing psychology without a license in violation of state law. The minister ...

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  • November 3, 2003

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