Eric Groh is a licensed professional counselor and a leading expert on ethics training and clinical supervision for LPC licensing. Combining clinical and counseling professional development expertise, Eric works with clients to help them attain their goals for change. He incorporates this depth of experience to train others in the art and science of psychotherapy.
As a former Governor appointee to the state licensing board, Eric has the reputation as the go-to resource demystifying licensing board practice complaints and applications processes.
As a private practice therapist, Eric specializes in traumatic stress, bipolar, dissociation, borderline personality and addictions. Ethics Demystified LLC mission is to educate therapists about ethics and guarding against threats to their healthcare practice licenses. He is the president and founder of the not-for-profit Georgia Council on Problem Gambling, the state chapter of the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Some of the largest media outlets in the nation have interviewed Eric on topics ranging from sexual exploitation trauma and violent crime to gambling addiction and mental health legislation:
* Cox Enterprises* WSB TV Channel 2 Atlanta* WSB Radio* Atlanta Journal Constitution* CBS 46 Atlanta* Atlanta Jewish Times* Creative Loafing
Eric is always eager to share information with peers and prides himself on being available whenever possible to answer licensing questions, guide colleagues toward job or internship opportunities or otherwise help licensees any way he can.
President; Board Complaints and Investigations
- Three-time governor appointed Board Chair of The Composite Licensing Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists.
- Unanimously voted by peers to serve as Board Chair and provide leadership; ensure the fair enforcement and governance of the board; and effectively interpret and ensure the lines of power and authority of the board are established and recognized.
- Recommended statutory, regulatory, and policy changes to improve access to mental health professionals; changed the employment environment regulations for counselors. The change enabled counselors the freedom to address issues affecting residents in rural areas.
- Worked tirelessly to address processes that threatened the the safety of the public and integrity of the board.
- Served as a member of the Investigations Subcommittee, reviewed, investigated and provided recommendations for approximately 20 complaints per month.
- Oriented new board members. Became a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the complaints process.
- Highly skilled in the adjudication process – dissected highly complicated information and formulated timely yet comprehensive responses to inform subsequent investigations by the attorney general’s office and law enforcement.
- Led the effort to change protocol for complainant investigations response time. Results of change allowed for faster expedition of cases and reduction of pending and unresolved cases.
Hurricane Katrina Deployment Unit Lead
Deployed by the US Department of Health and Human Services to lead a volunteer relief team to expand the State of Louisiana’s capacity to provide PTSD, substance abuse and other mental health services. Efforts resulted in procuring donations of psychiatric medications to create a centralized pharmacy to serve all parishes impacted by the storm. In collaboration with the City of New Orleans police psychologist, developed the first formal mental PTSD screening for public health employees. Procured hotel accommodations for registered nurses employed by Tulane University Hospital who had recently returned from evacuation.
Pioneer and catalyst who oversaw the ground up development of the Georgia Council on Problem Gambling, the first state chapter of the National Council on Problem Gambling. Pressed for Governor Nathan Deal’s executive order for March Problem Gambling Awareness Month for 3 consecutive years, the first such proclamation by a Georgia governor. Responsible for all day to day operations.
Approved Clinical Supervisor
Mentor of Therapists Towards Licensure
State credential issued by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA). Provide guidance and mentorship for pre-licensed professionals.
National credential issued by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Clinical Supervision credential which requires 4000 hours of direct oversight of pre-licensed therapist clinical work.
CEU Training and Workshops
Trainer of physicians, heathcare and mental health professionals on an array of clinical topics with an emphasis on professional ethics.
American Society for Clinical Hypnosis
Basic Hypnosis Training
16 hands-on training hours in clinical hypnosis for treatment of a variety of mental illnesses.
International Gambling Counselor Certification Board
Level II International Certified Gambling Counselor
Credential which requires 2000 hours of direct clinical care. One of four ICGC in the state of Georgia and the sole Level II. Trained in specialized treatment protocols for gambling addiction.
EMDR clinical Training Institute
Level II Clinician
Completed of advanced training in this therapy which is an accelerated treatment for recovery from the psychological effects of traumatic events.
M.S. Community Counseling