Can LPC's call themselves "Dr."?
Okay so here is the situation...
I work in a group private practice with Ph.D.'s, LPC's, LCSW's and MFT's. A nice well rounded group.
Two new clinicans were hired. Licensed as LPC's and both have Ph.D.'s in Clinical Psychology from accredited schools - very good schools as a matter of fact. There is a disagreement amoung the clinicans as to whethere these newly hired LPC's can be advertised as "Dr.s" and how should they be refered to in general.
There is a splint in our practice. Some say you cannot (legal) and should not (ethical) call yourself a "Dr." in the mental health field unless you are a licensed psychologist. Other feel that they can be refered to as "Dr", since they have dotorates in clinical psychology - does not matter that they have LPC's.
Anyone have thoughts on this? Is it misleading to the public or have they earned their rights to be called "Dr." by getting their doctorates?