Brian Carnahan, Executive Director of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board shares his thoughts on the future of regulation in a post-COVID world.
Brian Carnahan is the Executive Director of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board, where he is responsible for the leadership and administration of the Board’s operations. Brian joined the Board in August 2014. Prior to joining the CSWMFT Board, he was Director of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency's Office of Program Compliance.Brian holds an MBA from Franklin University and an MA in geography from Kent State University. He completed undergraduate studies in geography and political science at The Ohio State University. He has served on the Association of Social Work Boards bylaws committee and is currently actively involved with other industry association committees such as the FARB Finance Committee.
Brian represents Ohio boards and commissions on the eLicense Leadership/Advisory committee and serves as the facilitator of a regular meeting of Ohio boards and commissions. During his tenure with OHFA, he served on the Housing Credit Certified Professional Board of Governors and on the Board of the Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association. While on the Board of the HCCP, he participated in a rewrite and a subsequent review of the credentialing exam.
Brian has published dozens of articles on licensure topics, regulatory affairs, and housing and community development in publications such as Social Work Today, Counseling Today (online), The New Social Worker, FARB Focus, Shelterforce, Affordable Housing Finance, Units, Journal of Tax Credits, NAHP Update, and HCCP Credential, among others.
The Legislature established the Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board to protect the public by assuring the qualifications and professionalism of licensed Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists. The fifteen-member Board, appointed by the governor, is charged with establishing standards for licensing; identifying individuals meeting those standards; and administering licensing examinations. The Board also is also charged with developing and enforcing ethical standards for licensed individuals; investigating complaints; and disciplining licensed individuals who violate ethical standards, Board rules or state licensing laws.