WU counseling services director gains new role with state board

by University Communications,

Don Thomson, Willamette’s counseling services director, is the newest member of the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists.

“I wanted to serve on the board because I have a deep appreciation of the profession and the people it serves,” says Thomson, who was recently appointed by Gov. John Kitzhaber for a three-year term. “I saw this as an opportunity to give back in a meaningful way.”

The eight-member citizen board was created in 1989 as part of a licensing law for professional counselors and marriage and family therapists. The law addresses education and training standards and a mechanism for the disclosure of relevant information by licensees.

As a board member, Thomson says he’ll strive to protect consumers while influencing and maintaining a transparent credentialing and discipline process for licensees, interns and license applicants.