Licensing & Qualifications

Who can be included in the Aspen Strong Provider Directory?

Aspen Strong’s Provider Directory wishes to provide better access to available care, education around mental illness, and a safe place to investigate mental health resources/supports that may be helpful to you, an employee, or a loved one.

By publicly sharing these resources, Aspen Strong does not endorse the providers and their resources. We strongly encourage the user to review this page for qualifications requested from our providers and for information to help navigate different resources. Additionally, we also encourage you to make your own investigation upon third-party users listed on this site as well as other resources that may not be presented on this site to support your mental health.

Providers may include but are not limited to:

  • Counseling professionals, 

      – Licensed Professional Counselor

      – Licensed Clinical Social Worker

      – Licensed Psychologist

      – Registered Psychotherapists*

      – Certified Addiction Counselor

      – Licensed Addiction Counselor

      – Occupational Therapist

      – Pastoral Counselor / Chaplain/Clergy

      – Speech Pathologist

      – Other Pre-Licensed Professional

      – Licensed Criminal Justice Professional

      – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

      – Licensed School Counselors

      – Credentialed Professional Art or Music Therapists

      – Clergy**

      – Pastoral Counselors **

  • Medical Professional, 

      – Psychiatric Nurse or Nurse Practitioner

      – Psychiatrist

      – Psychologist MD

 

  • Holistic Care professionals/services, 

      – Registered Dietitian

      – Certified Health Coach

      – Professional Life Coach**

      – Speech Language Pathologist

      – Acupuncture

      – Hypnotherapist**

      – Nutritionist**

     

  • Financial Resources 

 

  • Treatment Centers 

*see below for Registered Psychotherapists

** May or may not have ethical oversight

Registered Psychotherapists:

Registered professionals are counselors registered within the State Board of Registered Psychotherapists. They do not hold a license or certification, and are not required to hold a degree, training or any such experience. “Registered psychotherapist” means a person: (I) Whose primary practice is psychotherapy or who holds himself or herself out to the public as being able to practice psychotherapy for compensation; and (II) Who is registered with the state board of registered psychotherapists pursuant to section 12-43-702.5 to practice psychotherapy in this state. (b) “Registered psychotherapist” also includes a person who: (I) Is a licensed school psychologist licensed pursuant to section 22-60.5-210 (1)(b),C.R.S.; (II) Is practicing outside of a school setting; and (III) Is registered with the state board of registered psychotherapists pursuant to section. Registered professionals are governed by the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

Registered psychotherapists may however have training or qualifications in other realms; thus it is your responsibility to request this information.

Life coaches

Life coaches may or may not have ethical oversight. Aspen Strong recommends that Professional Life Coaches be certified through one of the following professional organizations:

  – International Coaching Federation (ICF) –  PCC and MCC certified who are active members.
– Association for Coaching (Full Members – MAC only)
– Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE)

Licensed providers:

Licensed professionals must hold at least masters degree in their profession and have two years of post-masters supervision. A Licensed Psychologist must hold a doctorate degree in psychology and have one year of post-doctoral supervision. A Licensed Social Worker must hold a masters degree in social work.

Pre-Licensed providers:

A pre-licensed professional includes: a Psychologist Candidate, a Marriage and Family Therapist Candidate, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and must hold the necessary licensing degree and be in the process of completing the required supervision.

Addiction Counselors:

Certified Addiction Counselor I (CAC I) must be a high school graduate, complete required training hours and 1,000 hours of supervised experience. A Certified Addiction Counselor II (CAC II) must complete additional required training hours and 2,000 hours of supervised experience. A Certified Addiction Counselor III (CAC III) must have a bachelor’s degree in behavioral health, complete additional required training hours and 2,000 hours of supervised experience. A Licensed Addiction Counselor must have a clinical master’s degree and meet the CAC III requirements.

Nutritionists & Dietitians:

Registered dietitians are required to complete a formal education program that results in at least a baccalaureate degree. This program must be approved by the Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) and include a practical component performed in a career-related site. Only nutritionists that become registered with Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) may legally declare themselves as dietitians or more precisely, registered dietitians (RDs). Nutritionists that do not intend to use the titles of “dietitian” or “registered dietitian” are often free from government regulation. Some states may require nutritionists to obtain an occupational license from a Board of Nutrition, while other states allow individuals to practice as nutritionists without any previous education, training or work experience.


QUALIFICATIONS:

Aspen Strong works closely with government bodies and stakeholders to address the mental health needs of the Roaring Fork Valley including areas to Parachute. All providers are asked to agree to the following in order to participate in the Aspen Strong Directory:

  – Provider has read the terms and conditions 
– Providers agrees to participate in reviewing monthly ‘Aspen Strong Directory Updates’ and a yearly survey request.
– Provider agrees to update their directory profile at least yearly.
– Provider agrees to represent themself and operate according to their professional ethics and Colorado regulations (DORA) within their specific title or license. If they are not a registered professional with DORA, then they agree to operate ethically within the scope of their practice and the certification(s) they have earned and promote.

Providers are not mandated but are encouraged to carry professional liability insurance, indemnity insurance, or errors & omissions insurance.

If you feel a professional or organization listed should not be…

If you believe a professional or organization that has been included in the Aspen Strong directory should not be, or if you find any of the information in the directory to be inaccurate or misleading, especially in a way which may cause harm to consumers, please report this information by emailing info@aspenstrong.org.  We also encourage you to report any breach of ethics or law to DORA.

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