Licensure Information for Iowa Mental Health Professionals

The Iowa Department of Public Health Professional Licensure Bureau and their board of Behavioral Science Examiners oversee the practice, licensure, and continuing education requirements for all licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists. See Chapter 31 of the Iowa Licensure of Mental and Family Therapists and Mental Counselors. For further specifics or to request a copy of the law, contact:

See our 2022 IMHCA Talks with Tony Alden, staff member with the state licensing board.

Iowa Board of Behavioral Science Examiners

Iowa Departments of Public Health, Professional Licensure 4th Floor

Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Phone: 515-281-6959


Click the Link Below to view a power point from the Iowa Board of Behavioral Sciences regarding the process of obtaining a temporary license.

tMHC Licensure Process

Temp Mental Health Counselor Licensure in Iowa

Licensure Rules in Iowa:



Continuing Education Credits

Are you looking for Continuing Education Credits? The primary way IMHCA helps our members with this is to provide our annual conference. In addition, we allow other organizations to provide information about Continuing Education opportunities on our Facebook and Instagram pages. On our Facebook page, you need to look under the “Community” tab to find posts about CE opportunities. Please note: IMHCA does NOT endorse any of the Continuing Education opportunities posted on our social media platforms, so you must do your own research to determine if you believe the training offered is worthy of your time and resources. 


(1) Facebook: IMHCA Talks with Rachel Swanson

(2) Facebook: IMHCA Talks with Kayla Bell-Consolver (PART 1)

(3) Facebook: IMHCA Talks with Kayla Bell-Consolver (PART 2)

IMHCA Talks with Amanda Hardy: IMHCA speaks with Amanda Hardy, who is an expert in perinatal mental health. Amanda is a practicing Licensed Mental Health Counselor and she is a faculty member at Iowa State University. She is the author of the book “Dear Mama, You Matter: Honest Talk About the Transition to Motherhood”. To learn more, visit her website at Check out this important discussion on mental health during pregnancy, post-partum, and the transition to parenthood.

IMHCA Talks with Amber Kerby – Ketamine Assisted Therapy – YouTube

Watch Episode 6 of the IMHCA Talks Podcast. In this episode, we speak with Amber Kerby, one of only a few licensed therapists in the state of Iowa providing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. In this episode we discuss the ethics, risks, and practicality of ketamine assisted therapy, as well as ways that ketamine can help with the therapeutic process. We talk about the past and current research around ketamine assisted therapy, and the state of this practice in the nation at large.


IMHCA Talks with Shannon Myers – YouTube

You are invited to the first in a series of Facebook Live interviews from the Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association! Each month we will talk with leading counselors from Iowa and abroad. This month, we welcome Shannon Myers. Shannon is a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a MAPS Approved Psychedelic Integration Provider. She specializes in trauma, operating from a polyvagal framework, as well as an integrative approach to trauma. In her practice, she works with a network of providers to assess physical health, diet, lifestyle factors, and genetics to cultivate a holistic approach to mental health. Shannon will also speak to psychedelic integration therapy, its growing relevance in counseling, and its present and future states.


IMHCA Talks with Fredrick Dombrowski – YouTube

The Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association is excited to welcome Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski as a guest on our Facebook Live series “IMHCA Talks”. Fredrick Dombrowski is the Department Chair of General Education and Social Sciences at the University of Bridgeport, and the President Elect of the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Dr. Dombrowski is a strong public advocate for meeting the mental health needs of LGBTQIA+ populations. He is an expert and nationally recognized speaker in the areas of transgender clinical mental health, as well as addictions and co-occurring disorders, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Telehealth. He is also a regular contributor to “The Advocate” magazine.