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Master of Arts in Counseling Program Licensure Assessment

Alabama

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://abec.alabama.gov/

Licensing Requirements:

https://abec.alabama.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/255-X-6.pdf

An education equivalency review can be completed by either the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE), located at http://cce-global.org OR a credential evaluation organization that is a current member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), located at http://www.naces.org.

Contact Information:

Phone: 334-420-7229 or 866-873-4664

Fax: 334-263-6115

Email:

Send all digital transcripts to: Transcripts@abec.alabama.gov
Send all questions to: Questions@abec.alabama.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

Code of Alabama §34‐8A‐7(4):

The applicant has received a master’s degree, from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning, which is primarily professional counseling in content based on national standards, or the substantial equivalent in both subject matter and extent of training. The board shall use the standards of nationally recognized professional counseling associations as guides in establishing the standards for counselor licensure.

and

ABEC Administrative Rule 255‐X‐3‐.01(2):

  1.  Beginning January 1, 2022, a master's degree in counseling is defined as a minimum of sixty (60) graduate semester hours or ninety (90) graduate quarter hours at a regionally accredited college or university (e.g. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools). A master's degree is defined as a single conferred/awarded master's degree in counseling (clinical counseling; rehabilitation counseling; marriage, couple, and family counseling; community counseling; or school counseling). That master's degree must consist of at least sixty (60) graduate semester hours, or ninety (90) graduate quarter hours, and containing the academic areas specified below in paragraph 2(b). No less than these hourly requirements and academic areas in a single program will be accepted. Anyone enrolled prior to January 1, 2022, in any approved program (clinical counseling; rehabilitation counseling; marriage, couple, and family counseling; community counseling; or school counseling) will be given twenty‐four (24) months to submit an application for licensure.  
  2. All applicants shall have a master's degree from a CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) or CORE (Commission on Rehabilitation and Education) accredited program, or the content equivalent of CACREP or CORE in the hours specified above in paragraph 2(a). Content equivalent is minimally defined as graduate course work in each of the following academic areas (acceptable area content must be based on focal content (primary) rather than ancillary (secondary) emphasis in the courses used to meet each area requirement:

To reiterate, the master’s degree that an ALC or LPC license is based upon must be a single completed degree program in counseling that fulfills the required minimum of academic hours (60) acquired in a program degree at a regionally accredited college or university [ABEC Administrative Rule 255-X-3-.01(2)(a)] and contains within that program the eleven (11) academic areas as defined in ABEC Administrative Rule 255-X-3-.01(2)(b). Multiple degrees cannot be used to meet the academic requirements for licensure. The Board does not accept additional course work added on to fulfill the academic areas after the completion of the degree, and additional coursework or degrees will not be considered.

Content Area Requirements:

1. Counseling Theory: Includes studies of basic theories, principles and techniques of counseling and their application to professional counseling settings.

2. Human Growth and Development: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels; normal and abnormal behavior; personality theory; life-span theory; and learning theory within cultural context.

3. Social and Multicultural Foundations: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of societal changes and trends; human roles; societal subgroups; social mores and interaction patterns; multicultural and pluralistic trends; differing lifestyles; and major societal concerns including stress, person abuse, substance abuse, discrimination and methods for alleviating these concerns.

4. The Helping Relationship: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of philosophic bases of helping processes; counseling theories and their applications; basic and advanced helping skills, consultation theories and their applications; client and helper self-understanding and self-development; and facilitation of client or consultee change.

5. Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling theories; group leadership styles; basic and advanced group counseling methods and skills; and other group approaches.

6. Lifestyle and Career Development: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of career development theories; occupational and educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling, guidance, and education; lifestyle and career decision-making; career development program planning, resources and effectiveness evaluation.

7. Appraisal of Individuals: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal; data and information gathering methods; validity and reliability; psychometric statistics; factors influencing appraisals; and use of appraisal results in helping processes. Additionally, the specific ability to administer and interpret tests and inventories to assess abilities, interests, and identify career options is important.

8. Research and Evaluation: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of types of research; basic statistics; research-report development; research implementation; program evaluation; needs assessment; publication of research information; and ethical and legal considerations.

9. Professional Orientation: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of professional roles and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; ethical and legal standards; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing.

10. Practicum: Provides for the development of individual and group counseling skills under supervision. The practicum must be taken through a regionally accredited institution, for a total of one hundred (100) clock hours. A minimum of forty (40) clock hours must be direct service work with clients appropriate to the program emphasis. A minimum of one (1) clock hour per week must be of individual supervision by program faculty, and a minimum of one and one-half (1 ½) clock hours per week must be group supervision.

HU Comparison:

  1. Counseling Theory: CN 603
  2. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  3. Social and Multicultural Foundations: CN 605
  4. The Helping Relationship: CN 603, CN 611
  5. Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling: CN 606
  6. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  7. Appraisal of Individuals: CN 604
  8. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  9. Professional Orientation: CN 602
  10. Practicum and Clinical Courses: CN 650, CN 651 and CN 652

Clinical Experience (Practicum and Internship During Master’s Program:

Provides an opportunity for the student to perform all the activities that a regularly employed staff member in the setting would be expected to perform. The internship must be a minimum of six hundred (600) clock hours, to include: a minimum of two hundred and forty (240) hours of direct service work with clients appropriate to the program emphasis area; a minimum of two and one-half (2 ½) hours per week of supervision, to include at least one (1) hour per week of individual supervision.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counseling Exam (NCE)

Additional Information:

https://abec.alabama.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/ABEC-ALC-Initial-License-Application-1.pdf

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

March 2, 2022

 

Alaska

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/ProfessionalCounselors.aspx

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/PCOFiledPermanentRegulations.pdf

Contact Information:

Anchorage

Mailing/Physical Address

550 W 7th AVE, STE 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567

Phone: (907) 269-8160
Fax: (907) 269-8156
Investigations Fax: (907) 269-8195

Office Hours

Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Juneau

USPS must use PO Box

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806

Physical Address

333 Willoughby AVE, 9th FL
State Office Building
Juneau, AK 99801-1770

Phone: (907) 465-2550
Fax: (907) 465-2974

Accreditation Requirements:

Professional counselor licensure in Alaska requires completion of a minimum 60 semester-credit master's degree in counseling. The degree must be from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher education that has been approved by the state Board of Professional Counselors. If graduate degree is not in counseling, it must be in a related field such as psychology, marital and family therapy, social work, and applied behavioral science and applicants must meet equivalency instruction requirements from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher education approved by the board.

Content Area Requirements:

For professional counseling licensure in Alaska, instruction must be received in eight of the 10 following subjects:

  1. Helping Relationships, including Counseling Theory & Practice
  2. Human Growth & Development
  3. Lifestyle & Career Development
  4. Group Dynamics, Processes, Counseling & Consulting
  5. Assessment, Appraisal & Testing of Individuals
  6. Social & Cultural Foundation, including Multicultural Issues
  7. Principles of Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning & Prevention of Mental and Emotional Disorders and Dysfunctional Behavior
  8. Marriage & Family Counseling and Therapy
  9. Research and Evaluation
  10. Professional Counseling Orientation & Ethics

HU Comparison:

  1. Helping Relationships, including Counseling Theory & Practice; CN 603, CN 611
  2. Human Growth & Development: CN 601
  3. Lifestyle & Career Development: CN 607
  4. Group Dynamics, Processes, Counseling & Consulting: CN 606
  5. Assessment, Appraisal & Testing of Individuals: CN 604
  6. Social & Cultural Foundation, including Multicultural Issues: CN 605
  7. Principles of Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning & Prevention of Mental and Emotional Disorders and Dysfunctional Behavior: CN 612
  8. Marriage & Family Counseling and Therapy: CN 640
  9. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  10. Professional Counseling Orientation & Ethics: CN 602

Clinical Requirements:

The Alaska Board of Professional Counselors does not require professional counseling applicants to complete an internship as part of their degree coursework, although supervised experience is required. To become a professional counselor in Alaska, applicants require the completion of at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling over a period of at least two years and under the supervision of a Board of Professional Counselors-approved supervisor. This experience must follow the completion of a master’s or doctoral degree and include at least 1,000 hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, families, or groups as well as a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervision by an approved supervisor.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or The National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

March 3, 2022

Arizona

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely (students will need to be sure and take CN 649)

Website

https://www.azbbhe.us/node/837

Licensing Requirements

http://apps.azsos.gov/public_services/Title_04/4-06.pdf

An education equivalency review can be completed by either the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE), located at http://cce-global.org OR a credential evaluation organization that is a current member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), located at http://www.naces.org.

Contact Information

Elma Brambila
602-542-1895
elma.brambila@azbbhe.us

State of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
1740 West Adams St. Suite 3600
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-1882

Fax: 602-364-0890
information@azbbhe.us 

Accreditation Requirements

An applicant for licensure as an associate or professional counselor shall have a master’s or higher degree with a major emphasis in counseling. The program must be from CACREP or a regionally accredited college or university that consists of at least 60 semester or 90 quarter credit hours and meets the core content and clinical requirements.

Content Area Requirements

The Board shall accept for licensure if the curriculum includes at least 60 semester or 90 quarter credit hours in counseling-related coursework, of which at least three semester or 4 quarter credit hours are in each of the following eight core content areas:

  1. Professional orientation and ethical practice: Studies that provide a broad understanding of professional counseling ethics and legal standards, including but not limited to:
    1. Professional roles, functions, and relationships
    2. Professional credentialing
    3. Ethical standards of professional organizations
    4. Application of ethical and legal considerations in counseling
  2. Social and cultural diversity: Studies that provide a broad understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society, including but not limited to:
    1. Theories of multicultural counseling
    2. Multicultural competencies and strategies
  3. Human growth and development: Studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental stages, including but not limited to:
    1. Theories of individual and family development across the life-span
    2. Theories of personality development
  4. Career development: Studies that provide a broad understanding of career development and related life factors, including but not limited to:
    1. Career development theories
    2. Career decision processes
  5. Helping relationship: Studies that provide a broad understanding of counseling processes, including but not limited to:
    1. Counseling theories and models
    2. Essential interviewing and counseling skills
    3. Therapeutic processes
  6. Group work: Studies that provide a broad understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, counseling methods and skills, and other group work approaches, including but not limited to:
    1. Principles of group dynamics
    2. Group leadership styles and approaches
    3. Theories and methods of group counseling
  7. Assessment: Studies that provide a broad understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation, including but not limited to:
    1. Diagnostic process including differential diagnosis and use of diagnostic classification systems such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Diseases
    2. Use of assessment for diagnostic and intervention planning purposes
    3. Basic concepts of standardized and non-standardized testing
  8. Research and program evaluation: Studies that provide a broad understanding of recognized research methods and design and basic statistical analysis, including but not limited to:
    1. Qualitative and quantitative research methods
    2. Statistical methods used in conducting research and program evaluation

To assist the Board in evaluating the program, be prepared to attach the following to the application required:

  1. Published college or university course descriptions for the year and semester enrolled for each course submitted to meet curriculum requirements
  2. Verification, using a form approved by the Board, of completing the supervised counseling practicum required
  3. Other documentation requested by the Board

In evaluating the curriculum, the Board shall assess whether a core content area is embedded or contained in more than one course. The applicant shall provide information the Board requires to determine whether a core content area is embedded in multiple courses. The Board shall not accept a core content area embedded in more than two courses unless the courses are succession courses. The Board shall allow subject matter in a course to qualify in only one core content area.

HU Comparison

  1. Professional orientation and ethical practice: CN 602
  2. Social and cultural diversity: CN 605
  3. Human growth and development: CN 601
  4. Career development: CN 607
  5. Helping relationship: CN 603, CN 611
  6. Group work: CN 606
  7. Assessment: CN 604
  8. Research and program evaluation: CN 608
  9. Clinical Courses: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Experience (Practicum & Internship During Master’s Program):

The Board shall accept a supervised counseling practicum that is part of a master’s or higher degree program if the supervised counseling practicum meets the following standards:

  1. Consists of at least 700 clock hours in a professional counseling setting
  2. Includes at least 240 hours of direct client contact
  3. Provides an opportunity for the supervisee to perform all activities associated with employment as a professional counselor
  4. Oversight of the counseling practicum is provided by a faculty member
  5. Onsite supervision is provided by an individual approved by the college or university.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE), National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination offered by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Additional Information

Application for Associate Counselor Licensure (LAC)

Date of Last Revision

 

Arkansas

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/arkansas-state-board-of-examiners-in-counseling

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/pdf/2020-Rules-Final-6-22-20.pdf

Contact Information:

4815 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205-3867

Phone: 1-800-462-0599

Accreditation Requirements:

The applicant must have received a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education that is primarily professional counseling or therapy in content and document completion of a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours in course work, counseling/therapy in content, that meet the academic and training standards established by the Board. The counseling programs, from which the degree/courses are earned, within the institution, shall meet the standards for the preparation of counselors by the specific national professional associations related to each license. The adopted standards for LAC and LPC are the current Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards and must meet Arkansas core curriculum standards. The adopted standards for LAMFT and LMFT are the current Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education Standards

(COAMFTE) standards and must meet Arkansas core curriculum standards.

Content Area Requirements:

1. Professional Identity and Ethics, (3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

2. Social and Cultural Diversity, (3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

3. Human Growth and Development, (3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

4. Career Development, (3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

5. Helping Relations, (3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

6. Group Work, (3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

7. Assessment, (3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

8. Research and Program Evaluation, (3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

9. Practicum and/or Internships, (9 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum in 3

Graduate Courses over a minimum of 6 months )

10. Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology, including DSM and ICD training

(3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

11. Family and Relationship (3 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

12. Technology Assisted Counseling, (1 Graduate Credit Hour Minimum)

HU Comparison:

  1. Professional Identity and Ethics: CN 602
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity: CN 605
  3. Human Growth and Development: CN601
  4. Career Development: CN 607
  5. Helping Relations: CN 603, CN 611
  6. Group Work: CN 606
  7. Assessment: CN 604
  8. Research and Program Evaluation: CN 608
  9. Practicum and/or Internships: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652
  10. Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology, including DSM and ICD training: CN 612
  11. Family and Relationship: CN 640
  12. Technology Assisted Counseling:

Clinical Requirements:

The LAC and LAMFT are required to have a minimum of 3000 hours of client contact, 2200 hours defined as direct client contact. No more than 800 hours of indirect client contact may be counted in Level 2. Indirect Client Contact means consultation, case management, paperwork, staffing, billing and test administration when the clinician is not working face-to-face with the individuals or groups, but the services are related to the direct care of the individual or groups. The total hours of supervised practice are 175 clock hours of supervision. During the first 500 direct client hours (Level 1), no indirect hours can be counted. Dyadic supervision (1 supervisor and 2 supervisees) is recorded as individual supervision. Group supervision may not exceed half of the 175 hours of supervision. A supervision group consists of 3 to 6 supervisees with the contracted supervisor. Group supervision may be counted in both levels. Technology assisted supervision cannot exceed 50% of supervision hours. Technology assisted supervision may be counted in both levels. LAMFTs must have a minimum of 1000 direct client contact hours in family/relational/group therapy. Group therapy sessions are reported in clock hours of the sessions, not the clock time multiplied by the number of clients in the group.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

Required Exams:

National Counseling Exam (NCE), National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), The Examinations in Marital and Family Therapy with the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) and The Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling Jurisprudence Exam with NBCC.

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 10, 2022

California

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

No. We cannot accept students from California.

 

Colorado

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Possibly. Individuals must have an education review through the CCE and provide an Education Approval Letter with the application. 

Website

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Professional_Counselor

Licensing Requirements

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Professional_Counselor

An education equivalency review can be completed by either the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE), located at http://cce-global.org OR a credential evaluation organization that is a current member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), located at http://www.naces.org.

Contact Information

State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners
1560 Broadway, Suite 1350
Denver, CO 80202


Phone: 303-894-7800
Fax: 303-894-7764

dora_mentalhealthboard@state.co.us

Accreditation Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling from a CACREP-accredited program, or "equivalent program" from a regionally-accredited college or university consisting of 60 semester hours, completion of coursework in core areas, and a practicum and/or internship.

Content Area Requirements

Programs must include coursework in the following areas:

  1. Human growth and development
  2. Social/cultural foundations
  3. Helping relationships
  4. Groups
  5. Lifestyle and career development
  6. Appraisal
  7. Research and evaluation
  8. Professional orientation
  9. Practicum/Internship (700 hours)

HU Comparison

  1. Human growth and development: CN 601
  2. Social/cultural foundations: CN 605
  3. Helping relationships: CN 611
  4. Groups: CN 606
  5. Lifestyle and career development: CN 607
  6. Appraisal: CN 604
  7. Research and evaluation: CN 608
  8. Professional orientation: CN 602
  9. Clinical courses: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements

Supervised experience:

  1. Consists of at least 2000 clock hours in a professional counseling setting
  2. Includes at least 1500 hours of direct client contact
  3. Provides an opportunity for the supervisee to perform all activities associated with employment as a professional counselor
  4. Oversight of the counseling practicum is provided by a faculty member
  5. Onsite supervision is provided by an individual approved by the college or university

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) and Colorado Jurisprudence Exam

Additional Information

Additional form prior to graduation
Colorado Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) (Provisional license, post-graduation as needed)
Board rules document

Date of Last Revision

March 2, 2022

 

Connecticut

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Website:

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/Professional-Counselor/Professional-Counselor-Licensing-Requirements

Licensing Requirements:

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/Professional-Counselor/Professional-Counselor-Licensing-Requirements

Please Note:

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/coronavirus/20211222-DPH-Transmittal-Memo-Licensing-Cmmr-12-22-2021-Signed

Contact Information:

Connecticut Department of Public Health

Professional Counselor Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone: (860) 509-7603

Fax:  (860) 707-1980

Email:  dph.counselorsteam@ct.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

Earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education a master's or doctoral degree in social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling or psychology; Completed sixty graduate semester hours in or related to the discipline of counseling at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Content Area Requirements:

Includes coursework in each of the following areas:

  1. human growth and development:
  2.  social and cultural foundations,
  3.  counseling theories and techniques or helping relationships,
  4.  group dynamics,
  5.  processing and counseling,
  6. career and lifestyle development,
  7. appraisals or tests and measurements for individuals and groups,
  8. research and evaluation, and
  9. professional orientation to counseling;

HU Comparison:

  1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  3. Counseling Theories and Techniques or Helping Relationships: CN 603
  4. Group Dynamics: CN 606
  5. Processing and Counseling: CN 603, CN 604
  6. Appraisals or Tests and Measurements for Individuals and Groups: CN 608, CN 606
  7. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  8. Professional Orientation to Counseling: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

Acquired three thousand (3000) hours of postgraduate supervised experience in professional counseling performed over a period of not less than one year that included a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of direct supervision by either (A) a licensed physician certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, (B) a licensed psychologist, (C) a licensed advanced practice registered nurse certified as a clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing with the American Nurses Credentialing Center, (D) a licensed marital and family therapist, (E) a licensed clinical social worker, or (F) a licensed professional counselor or for supervision prior to October 1, 1998, by a counselor otherwise eligible for licensure.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No

Required Exams:

Successfully completed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 11, 2022

 

Delaware

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/profcounselors/

Licensing Requirements

http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title24/3000.shtml

Contact Information

General Customer Service

Division of Professional Regulation

Cannon Building, Suite 203

861 Silver Lake Blvd.

Dover, Delaware 19904

Phone: 302-744-4500

Fax: (302) 739-2711

Email: customerservice.dpr@state.de.us

Accreditation Requirements

Requires a master’s degree or higher with a major study in counseling from a regionally-accredited university. The degree must have a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate-level credits covering the nine required counseling coursework content areas.

Initial License: Associate Counselor of Mental Health (check website above for initial info documentation that supervisors post-grad will need to submit for licensure)

Content Area Requirements (See Associate Counselor Mental Health App for details)

Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice

Social and Cultural Diversity

Human Growth and Development

Career Development

Counseling and Helping Relationships

Group Counseling and Group Work

Assessment and Testing

Research and Program Evaluation

Counseling Field Experience 700

HU Comparison

Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice: CN 602

Social and Cultural Diversity: CN 605

Human Growth and Development: CN 601

Career Development: CN 607

Counseling and Helping Relationships: CN 603

Group Counseling and Group Work: CN 606

Assessment and Testing: CN 604

Research and Program Evaluation: CN 608

Counseling Field Experience: CN 650; CN 651; CN 652

Clinical Requirements

Required Supervision Hours. Applicants must provide documentation of completion of 3,200 hours of mental health counseling services over a period of no less than two but no more than four consecutive years. Of the required 3,200 hours of total experience, 1,600 hours must have been completed under the professional direct supervision of an individual who meets the requirements.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) OR National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE)

Date of Last Revision

February 11, 2022

Florida

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/

Licensing Requirements

https://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/licensing/licensed-mental-health-counselor/

State Statutes

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0400-0499/0491/0491ContentsIndex.html&StatuteYear=2017&Title=-%3E2017-%3ECh

Initial License: Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

https://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/licensing/registered-mental-health-counselor-intern/

Contact Information

Customer Contact Center

Department of Health: Board of Mental Health Professions

4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-08

Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258

Phone: 850-488-0595

https://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/contact/

Application and Fees Address (where you mail paperwork):

Department of Health Board of Mental Health Professions

PO Box 6330

Tallahassee, FL 32314-6330

Phone: 850-488-0595

Board Office Phone: 850-245-4474

Fax: 850-921-5389

Accreditation Requirements

Graduate degree in counseling from a CACREP or regionally-accredited school and 60 semester or 80 quarter hours of coursework.

Note:

Beginning July 1, 2025, an applicant must have a master’s degree from a program that is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) which consists of at least 60 semester hours or 80 quarter hours to apply for licensure under this paragraph.

Content Area Requirements

A minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate-level coursework in each of the following 12 content areas:

Counseling theories and practice

Human growth and development

Diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology

Human sexuality

Group theories and practice

Individual evaluation and assessment

Career and lifestyle assessment

Research and program evaluation

Social and cultural foundations

Substance abuse

Legal, ethical, and professional standards issues.

The equivalent of at least 1,000 hours of university-sponsored supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience as required in the standards for CACREP-accredited mental health counseling programs. This experience may not be used to satisfy the post-master’s clinical experience requirement.

Submit transcript and education worksheet to determine if coursework is satisfied.

*education worksheet available at https://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/forms/MHC-EDU-worksheet.pdf

HU Comparison

Minimum of 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours of graduate-level coursework in each of the following 12 content areas:

Counseling theories and practice: CN 603

Human growth and development: CN 601

Diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology: CN 612

Human sexuality: CN 645

Group theories and practice: CN 606

Individual evaluation and assessment: CN 604

Career and lifestyle assessment: CN 607

Research and program evaluation: CN 608

Social and cultural foundations: CN 605

Substance abuse: CN 641

Legal, ethical, and professional standards issues: CN 602

The equivalent of at least 1,000 hours of university-sponsored supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience as required in the standards for CACREP-accredited mental health counseling programs. This experience may not be used to satisfy the post-master's clinical experience requirement: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652, CN 653

Clinical Requirements

Supervised experience: two years of post-master’s supervised experience under the supervision of a Board-approved, qualified supervisor. These hours must be documented on the Verification of Clinical Experience Form by the supervisor or they will not count towards licensure. The supervision experience must have consisted of:

  1. At least 100 hours of supervision in no less than 100 weeks
  2. 1,500 hours of face-to-face psychotherapy with clients
  3. One hour of supervision every two weeks

Please see Rule 64B4-2.002, F.A.C. for information regarding group supervision and supervision by electronic methods.

Additionally, HU students will need to submit a "request practicum letter." This is required for non-CACREP applicants only. The letter must be on university letterhead and include the total number of hours completed and course titles and dates of practicum, internship, or field experience. An official of the school (Dean, Department Chair) that awarded your graduate degree must provide a letter on university letterhead verifying that the supervised practicum, internship, or field experience was completed. Please review the specific requirements on the Education Worksheet for mental health counseling.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). For information about the exam required, click here.

Additional Requirements for Licensure:

Laws and Rules Course: an eight-hour Florida laws and rules course from a board-approved CE provider.

HIV/AIDS Course: a three-hour HIV/AIDs course.

Domestic Violence Course – a two-hour domestic violence course within six months of licensure.

Additional Information

Florida Provisional License (post graduation, as needed): This license is valid for 24 months and cannot be renewed. It is available only for licensure applicants who have already met the minimum requirement of two years of post-master’s supervised experience in another state but do not meet Florida’s licensure requirements. It allows you to practice under supervision while you meet any additional licensure requirements such as masters level coursework (CSW applicants must have completed 15 semester or 22 quarter hours of coursework; MFT applicants must have completed ten of the course content areas and six semester or nine quarter hours must be in marriage and family systems, theories, or techniques. MHC applicants must have completed seven of the course content areas, one of which must be in psychopathology or abnormal psychology) CE coursework or passing the national exam.

State statutes

Date of Last Revision

February 11, 2022

 

Georgia

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43

Licensing Requirements

https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43/licensure_requirements_for_professional_counselors

Contact Information

General Customer Service
The Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217

Email: ExamBoards-Healthcare@sos.ga.gov

Phone: 404-424-9966

Fax: 866-888-7127

Accreditation Requirements

The applicant must have earned a master's degree in a program primarily counseling in content or in a program of applied psychology, which degree includes a supervised practicum or internship of at least 300 hours which was part of the degree program, from an institution which, at the time the degree was awarded, was accredited by a regional body recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

Content Area Requirements

The approved program must be substantially similar in coursework and content to a CACREP or CORE accredited program. An individual course may not be used to fulfill the requirement in more than one content area.

  1. Counseling/Psychotherapy Theory, which includes the principles, concepts, and practice of counseling/psychotherapy and the major models of counseling/psychotherapy.
  2. A Counseling or Applied Psychology Practicum or Internship as part of the graduate degree program.
  3. Courses in the following nine content areas 
    1. Human Growth and Development, which includes an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, personality theory, and learning theory, and which may provide a comprehensive overview of the factors, determinants, and stages that pertain to physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development and adaptation from infantile to geriatric stages.
    2. Multicultural Counseling or Diversity Training, which includes an understanding of societal changes and trends, human roles, societal subgroups, diversity, social mores and interaction patterns, and differing lifestyles; and competency in counseling a diverse clientele.
    3. Counseling Techniques or Skills, which includes an understanding of the philosophic bases of helping processes, helper self-understanding and self-development, and the facilitation of client change; OR Advanced Psychotherapy/Intervention Theory, which includes the in-depth study of the major theories, principles, methods and techniques of psychotherapy with individuals, groups or families, focusing on the treatment or prevention of behavior disorders, adjustment problems, psychopathology, or other psychological disturbance.
    4. Group Dynamics and Group Counseling/Psychotherapy, which includes an understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling/psychotherapy theories; group leadership styles; group counseling/psychotherapy methods and skills; and other group approaches.
    5. Lifestyle and Career Development, which includes an understanding of career development theories; occupational educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling, guidance and education; lifestyle and career decision making; and career development program planning, resources, and evaluation.
    6. Appraisal/Assessment of Individuals, which includes an understanding of psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal/ assessment; validity and reliability; psychometric statistics; the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of various assessment instruments; and the use of appraisal/assessment results in the counseling/psychotherapy process.
    7. Research Methods and Evaluation, which includes an understanding of types of research, statistics, research report development, research implementation, program evaluation, needs assessment, and ethical and legal considerations in research; OR Research Statistics, which includes an understanding of the theory, analysis and interpretation of manual or computer generated statistical measures.
    8. Professional Orientation and Ethics, which includes an understanding of ethical and legal standards, professional roles, responsibilities, and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing.
    9. Psychopathology, which includes theories, research, descriptive characteristics, categories, dynamics, and etiology of mental, behavioral, cognitive and personality disorders with a focus on utilization of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM) and/or International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

HU Comparison

  1. Counseling/Psychotherapy Theory: CN 603
  2. A Counseling or Applied Psychology Practicum or Internship: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652
  3. Courses in the following nine content areas:
    1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
    2. Multicultural Counseling or Diversity Training: CN 605
    3. Counseling Techniques or Skills: CN 611
    4. Group Dynamics and Group Counseling/Psychotherapy: CN 606
    5. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
    6. Appraisal/Assessment: CN 604
    7. Research Methods and Evaluation: CN 608
    8. Professional Orientation and Ethics: CN 602
    9. Psychopathology: CN 612

Clinical Requirements

600 practicum/internship hours are required but does not specify further.  HU students should plan on taking 650, 651, and 652 (a total of 700 hours fulfilled by practicum and internship)

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)

Additional Information

Application for licensure

Associate Professional Counselor = Provisional License (post-graduation, as needed)

Date of Last Revision

March 2, 2022

 

Hawaii

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/programs/mental/

Licensing Requirements:

https://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/files/2021/04/Require-Instruct-App-for-Mental-Health-Counselor_04.21R.pdf

Contact Information:

Mental Health Counselor Program

DCCA, PVL Licensing Branch

P.O. Box 3469

Honolulu, HI 96801

Phone: (808) 586-3000

Email: pvl@dcca.hawaii.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

Completion of a graduate program that includes or is supplemented by graduate level coursework in counseling comprising a minimum of 48 semester hours OR 72 quarter hours and include the subject areas listed below, with a minimum of 3 graduate semester hours or 5 graduate quarter hours in each subject area:

Content Area Requirements:

a) Human Growth and Development;

 b) Social and Cultural Foundations;

 c) Counseling Theories and Applications;

 d) Group Theory and Practice;

 e) Career and Lifestyle Development

f) Appraisal of Human Behavior;

g) Tests and Measurements

h) Research and Program Evaluation; and

i) Professional Orientation and Ethics.

HU Comparison:

a) Human Growth and Development; CN 601

 b) Social and Cultural Foundations; CN 605

 c) Counseling Theories and Applications; CN 603

 d) Group Theory and Practice; CN 606

 e) Career and Lifestyle Development: CN 607

f) Appraisal of Human Behavior; CN 604

g) Tests and Measurements: CN 611

h) Research and Program Evaluation; CN 608

i) Professional Orientation and Ethics. CN 602

Clinical Requirements:

Completion of 3,000 hours of post-graduate experience in the practice of mental health counseling with 100 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision completed in no less than two years and in no more than four years. Please note that your supervisor is required to sign the form before a Notary Public and attach a brief summary of the duties performed during the post-graduate period.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

All applicants shall pass the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE). Once your application is approved you are eligible to register for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) NCE examination, and a registration form will be mailed to you.

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision

March 2, 2022

 

Idaho

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://dopl.idaho.gov/

Licensing Requirements:

https://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/24/241501.pdf

Contact Information:

11351 W. Chinden Blvd., Bldg. #6
Boise, ID 83714

COU@dopl.idaho.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

Possess a master’s degree or higher, which includes an educational specialist degree, that is primarily counseling in nature, from an accredited university or college offering a graduate program in counseling, provided that the program is either: Approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; or A counseling program of at least sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter hours in length and that at a minimum includes successful completion of one (1) graduate level course unique to the eight (8) areas and an advanced counseling practicum

Content Area Requirements:

i. Human growth and development: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels. Emphasis is placed on psychological, sociological, and physiological approaches. Also included are areas such as human behavior (normal and abnormal), personality theory, and learning theory.

ii. Social and cultural foundations: Includes studies of change, ethnic groups, subcultures, changing roles of women, sexism, urban and rural societies, population patterns, cultural mores, use of leisure time, and differing life patterns.

iii. The helping relationship: Includes philosophic bases of the helping relationship: Consultation theory and/or an emphasis on the development of counselor and client (or consultee) self-awareness and self-understanding.

iv. Groups: Includes theory and types of groups, as well as descriptions of group practices, methods dynamics, and facilitative skills. It includes either a supervised practice and/or a group experience.

v. Life-style and career development: Includes areas such as vocational-choice theory, relationship between career choice and life-style, sources of occupational and educational information, approaches to career decision-making processes, and career-development exploration techniques.

vi. Appraisal of the individual: Includes the development of a framework for understanding the individual, including methods of data gathering and interpretation, individual and group testing, case-study approaches and the study of individual differences. Ethnic, cultural, and sex factors are also considered.

vii. Research and evaluation: Includes areas such as statistics, research design, and development of research and demonstration proposals. It also includes understanding legislation relating to the development of research, program development, and demonstration proposals, as well as the development and evaluation of program objectives.

viii. Professional orientation: Includes goals and objectives of professional counseling organizations, codes of ethics, legal consideration, standards of preparation, certification, and licensing and role of identity of counselors.

ix. Advanced counseling practicum: Complete at least two (2) semester courses of an advanced counseling practicum taken at the graduate school level, provided that the applicant completed a total of two hundred eighty hours (280) of direct client contact that is supervised at the ratio of at least one (1) hour of one-to-one supervision for every ten (10) hours of experience in the setting. An applicant may complete one (1) supplemental practicum hour for every hour in which the practicum was deficient.

HU Comparison:

  1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  3. The Helping Relationship: CN 611
  4. Groups: CN 606
  5. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  6. Appraisal of the Individual: CN 604
  7. Research and Evaluation: CN 608                 
  8. Professional Orientation: CN 602
  9. Advanced Counseling Practicum: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

One thousand (1,000) hours of supervised experience in counseling acceptable to the Board. One thousand (1,000) hours is defined as one thousand (1,000) clock hours of experience working in a counseling setting, four hundred (400) hours of which must be direct client contact. Supervised experience in practicum taken at the graduate level may be utilized. The supervised experience includes a minimum of one (1) hour of face-to-face or one-to-one (1/1) or one-to-two (1/2) supervision with the supervisor for every twenty (20) hours of job/internship experience.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination prepared by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 15, 2022

 

Illinois

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Not without additional courses and/or residency per state requirements. Residence requires interaction with faculty and other matriculated students. One year's residence is defined as 24 semester hours taken on a full-time or part-time basis at the institution accumulated within the time frame and course of study of the program.

Website

http://www.imhca.org/Counselor-Licensure

Licensing Requirements

http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/068/06801375sections.html

Contact Information

Daniel Stasi
IMHCA Executive Consultant
IMHCA
P.O. Box 706
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-787-0515 ext. 2
myimhca@gmail.com

Accreditation Requirements

Masters and Doctoral degrees shall be from a college, university, or school that is a regionally-accredited institution of higher education and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The programs, wherever they may be administratively housed, must be clearly identified and labeled as offering counseling, rehabilitation counseling, psychology programs, or similar degree programs. Such a program must specify in institutional catalogues and brochures its intent to educate and train counselors.

Two levels of licensure:

  1. Initial License:  Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  2. Terminal License: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

Content Area Requirements

The program must be at least two academic years in length and require an individual to graduate from a program with a minimum of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours with a minimum of one course ("course" is defined as three semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours equivalent) in each of the areas. The definition of a minimum of one course means that the objectives and content of one course cannot be used to meet the objectives and content of another course.

The following counselor education course content areas are defined and subject areas outlined;. However, this is not an all-inclusive list and many other courses may fall within each of the core content areas.

  1. Human Growth and Development: Courses in this area cover one or more of the various stages of the human growth cycle and include information about theories of development  such as physical, personality, social, cognitive, moral, and creative development, etc. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Human Growth and Development, Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, Child Development, Adolescent Psychology, Adolescent Development, Personality Theory, Life Span Development, Adult Development.
  2. Counseling Theory: Courses in this area cover the major theories of counseling  psychotherapy. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Theories of Counseling, Introduction to Psychotherapy, and overview courses in Behavior, Cognitive, Humanistic and Psychodynamic Theories. These courses should be general theory courses. A course devoted to one type of counseling/therapy would be considered a Counseling Technique core course.
  3. Counseling Techniques: Courses in this area cover the theoretical foundations and professional skill training enabling the counselor to understand presenting problem, best practice recommendations, and effective intervention strategies. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Rational Emotive Therapy, Behavior Modification, Marital/Couples Counseling, Crisis Counseling, Counselor Interviewing Skills, Pre-Practicum in Counseling, Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling, Grief Therapy, Substance Abuse Counseling, Stress Management, etc.
  4. Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling: Courses in this area teach the theories, principles, and techniques of group counseling and group psychotherapy. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Group Counseling, Group Counseling and Dynamics, Group Therapy, Group Dynamics, Theories of Group Practice, etc. Courses that use a group format with a focus on the professional development of the counselor is not considered a group course.
  5. Appraisal of Individuals: Courses in this area cover assessment of the various attributes of a person through standardized tests. The course also includes an overview of statistical procedures relevant to test standardization and interpretation. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Individual Appraisal, Group Testing, Standardized Testing, Individual Intelligence Testing, Personality Assessment, Introduction to Psychological Measurements, Tests and Measurements, etc.
  6. Research and Evaluation: Courses in this area cover statistical principles, research designs, methods, techniques and tools used in performing and interpreting research in counseling. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Methods of Research, Statistics, Research Design, Research in Counseling, Research Techniques, etc.
  7. Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Relating to Professional Counseling, Including Illinois Law: Courses in this area cover such topics as professionalism in counseling, federal and State laws relevant to counselors, and ethics with an emphasis on the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling, Ethics and Legal Issues in Psychology, Ethics and Legal Issues in Psychotherapy, Ethics and Legal Issues in Professional Counseling, Ethics and Legal Issues in Rehabilitation Counseling, etc.
  8. Social and Cultural Foundations: Courses in this area should include an overview of multicultural issues. The course should not focus on only one cultural group or counseling population. Courses in this area cover topics such as aging, culture, disability, ethnicity, race, religion/spirituality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status/partnership, language preference, and socioeconomic status. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Multicultural Counseling, Cultural Differences in Counseling, Cultural Differences in Psychology, Cultural Differences in Rehabilitation Counseling, etc.
  9. Lifestyle and Career Development: Courses in this area cover the lifelong processes and the influences that lead to work values, occupational choices, career path/patterns, decision-making style, and integration of  self- and career-identity with patterns of work adjustment. The course is designed around the concepts of career development. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Career Counseling, Career Development, Theories of Vocational Choice, Theories of Vocational Counseling, etc.
  10. Practicum: Provides practical experience in counseling for the purpose of developing both individual and group counseling skills. This course should include a minimum of 100 clock hours on-site, with a minimum of 40 hours of direct client contact. These experiences allow students to perform some of the counseling activities that an employed Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor would be expected to perform. Supervision is required on an ongoing basis during the practicum. Practicum requirements  should not be confused with the internship requirements.
  11. Internship: An internship should provide direct client experiences in assessment, individual counseling and group counseling, as well as opportunities to become familiar with a variety of professional activities other than direct service (e.g., referral sources, case histories and progress notes, data management, etc.). The internship should provide an opportunity for a student to perform a variety of activities that a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor  would be expected to perform. A minimum of 600 clock hours with a minimum of one hour per week of  supervision is required during the internship. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Internship − Community Counseling, Internship − Mental Health Counseling, Internship − Art Therapy, Internship − Pastoral Counseling, and Internship − Rehabilitation Counseling.
  12. Psychopathology and Maladaptive Behavior: Courses in this area cover general principles of etiology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and cultural factors of mental and emotional disorders. Emphasis is placed on mental status assessment and diagnostic categories as organized in the DSM-IV-TR (or current edition). Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Mental Health Rehabilitation Counseling.
  13. Substance Abuse: Courses in this area cover chemical, psychological and social aspects of drug use, abuse and dependency, and effects on  the family. Counseling skills are acquired in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment intervention. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Substance Abuse Counseling, Psychology of Drug Addiction, Drugs and Alcohol Abuse. Psychopharmacology is not considered a course in substance abuse. Necessary for student to qualify for Illinois licensure.
  14. Family Dynamics: Courses in this area cover family systems theory and its applications, prevention approaches for working with families, and specific problems that impede family function. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Family Therapy, Family Counseling, Family Systems Theory, and Family Dynamics. Necessary for student to qualify for Illinois licensure.

HU Comparison

  1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  2. Counseling Theory: CN 603
  3. Counseling Techniques: CN 611
  4. Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling: CN 606
  5. Appraisal of Individuals: CN 604
  6. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  7. Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities: CN 602
  8. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  9. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  10. Practicum: CN 650
  11. Internship: CN 651; CN 652
  12. Psychopathology and Maladaptive Behavior: CN612
  13. Course electives or additional classes required:
    1. Addictions: CN 6541
    2. Family: CN 640

Clinical Requirements

  1. Practicum: Provides practical experience in counseling for the purpose of developing both individual and group counseling skills. This course should include a minimum of 100 clock hours on-site, with a minimum of 40 hours of direct client contact. These experiences allow students to perform some of the counseling activities that an employed Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor would be expected to perform. Supervision is required on an ongoing basis during the practicum. Practicum requirements should not be confused with the internship requirements.
  2. Internship: An internship should provide direct client experiences in assessment, individual counseling and group counseling, as well as opportunities to become familiar with a variety of professional activities other than direct service (e.g., referral sources, case histories and progress notes, data management, etc.). The internship should provide an opportunity for a student to perform a variety of activities that a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor  would be expected to perform. A minimum of 600 clock hours with a minimum of one hour per week of  supervision is required during the internship. Examples of acceptable courses include, but are not limited to, Internship − Community Counseling, Internship − Mental Health Counseling, Internship − Art Therapy, Internship − Pastoral Counseling, and Internship − Rehabilitation Counseling.

Are students required to take a residential program?

Yes

Required Exams

  1. National Counseling Exam (NCE) for initial LPC and National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) for LCPC
  2. Online application for NCE (upon approval from the board)
  3. The Division also shall accept passage of the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).

Date of Last Revision

February 15, 2022

 

Indiana

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Yes

Website

https://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

Licensing Requirements

https://www.in.gov/pla/3444.htm

Contact Information

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
402 West Washington Street, Room W-072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: 317-234-2054
Fax: 317-233-4236, 317-233-5559
pla8@pla.IN.gov 

Accreditation Requirements

IC 25-23.6-8.5-2: Applicants must have a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited university.

Content Area Requirements

IC 25-23.6-8.5-3: 60 hours of graduate coursework in counseling, focused on the following areas: 

  1. Human Growth and Development
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling
  3. Helping Relationships (Theory and Practice)
  4. Groups (Dynamics, Processes, Counseling, and Consultation)
  5. Lifestyle and Career Development
  6. Assessment and appraisal of individuals
  7. Professional Orientation & Ethics
  8. Research and Program Evaluation
  9. Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  10. Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling
  11. Knowledge and Skills for the practice of Mental Health Counseling
  12. Clinical Instruction

HU Comparison

  1. Human Growth and Personality Development: CN 601
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling: CN 605
  3. Helping Relationships, including counseling theory and practice: CN 603
  4. Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling: CN 606
  5. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  6. Assessment and Appraisal of Individuals: CN 604
  7. Research and Program Evaluation: CN 608
  8. Professional Orientation and Ethics: CN 602
  9. Foundations of Mental Health Counseling: CN 610
  10. Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling: CN 610; CN 612
  11. Knowledge and Skills for the Practice of Mental Health Counseling and Psychotherapy: CN 611
  12. Clinical Instruction: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements

Not less than one (1) supervised clinical practicum, internship, or field experience in a counseling setting, which must include a minimum of seven hundred (700) clock hours consisting of one (1) practicum of one hundred (100) hours, one (1) internship of six hundred (600) hours, with at least eighty-eight (88) hours of face-to-face supervision. This requirement may be met by a supervised practice experience that took place away from an eligible postsecondary educational institution but that is certified by an official of the eligible postsecondary educational institution as being equivalent to a clinical mental health graduate level practicum or internship program at an institution accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education or the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) for Initial License and National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) for Professional License; Jurisprudence Exam (see license application for info)

Additional Information

The LMHCA Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate serves as a Provisional License, acquired post-graduation as necessary.

Also - the form for applying for the LMHCA does not include a place to indicate that one is applying for the temporary license. The student should include a note on a separate sheet of paper indicating their request for a temporary license and add $25 to the LMHCA license fee of $50, along with the LMHCA application.

Date of Last Revision

February 15, 2022

 

Iowa

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website:

https://idph.iowa.gov/licensure/iowa-board-of-behavioral-science

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.mentalhealthcounselorlicense.com/license/mental-health-counselor-iowa/

Contact Information:

Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319 

Phone: (515) 281-0254

Fax: (515) 281-3121

Bureau Website: https://idph.iowa.gov/licensure

Online Licensure Services: https://ibplicense.iowa.gov

Email: PLPublic@idph.iowa.gov

 Accreditation Requirements:

A degree can be accepted if it is in mental health counseling or is content equivalent. A student who began studies before the qualifying date can be licensed on the basis of a graduate degree of 45 semester hours. Depending on circumstances, the date may be July 1, 2010 or July 1, 2012. A candidate who begins on or after the qualifying date must have 60 semester hours.

Mental health counseling degrees accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) meet requirements. Other degrees may meet requirements, but they will need to be professionally evaluated for equivalency.

Content Area Requirements:

A candidate seeking to establish equivalency on the basis of current requirements must have the following coursework:

  • Helping relationships
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Human growth and development
  • Psychopathology
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Assessment
  • Group work
  • Career development
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Professional orientation and ethics

HU Comparison:

  • Helping Relationships: CN 603, CN 611
  • Social and Cultural Diversity: CN 605
  • Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  • Psychopathology: CN 612
  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: CN 611
  • Assessment: CN 604
  • Group Work: CN 606
  • Career Development: CN 607
  • Research and Program Evaluation: CN 608
  • Professional Orientation and Ethics: CN 602

Clinical Requirements:

There must be a 100 hour practicum and 600 hour internship. The practicum must include at least 40 hours of direct service; the internship, at least 240. The mental health counseling graduate must work under supervision for the equivalent of two years (https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/IAC/LINC/06-12-2013.Rule.645.31.7.pdf). He or she must accrue at least 3,000 experience hours. Of these, 1,500 must be client contact hours. The candidate will need 200 hours of supervision. This may be provided by an NBCC-approved supervisor, an LMHC with three years of experience, or another professional with equivalent credentials and experience.

The first two supervision sessions are to be carried out in-person. At least 25% of the required supervision must be in-person. Up to half may be carried out by telephone; the remainder may utilize electronic devices. Experience cannot be credited unless the candidate has finished all coursework with the possible exception of a thesis. Supervision is to be guided by a written supervision plan.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

The Iowa Board will accept the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE). The Board will provide registration information to approved candidates. The Iowa Board will also accept the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Examination. This is only available to counselors who have sufficient coursework and/or experience in rehabilitation counseling or clinical rehabilitation counseling (http://www.crccertification.com/pages/eligibility_requirements/69.php).

Additional Information:

The Iowa Board of Behavioral Science can be found on the web at https://idph.iowa.gov/Licensure/Iowa-Board-of-Behavioral-Science. Applicants with questions may direct them to 515 281- 4422 or to the email address found in the application packet.

The Iowa Mental Health Counselors Association, a state professional organization, is a source of legislative information but does not issue licenses (http://www.imhca.net).

Date of Last Revision:

February 15, 2022

 

Kansas

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://ksbsrb.ks.gov/professions/professional-counselors

Licensing Requirements:

https://ksbsrb.ks.gov/professions/professional-counselors

Contact Information:

Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board 
700 SW Harrison St, Suite 420, Topeka, KS 66603

 • 785-296-3240 (phone)

• 785-296-3112 (fax)

Accreditation Requirements:

- At least 21 years of age
- Masters degree in counseling which includes 60 hours, with credits distributed among the 9 core areas of professional development, and includes a supervised practicum
- Pass a nationally standardized competency exam
- Must have an application on file with the BSRB six weeks prior to taking the exam

Content Area Requirements:

  1. Counseling Theory & Practice
  2. The Helping Relationship
  3. Group Dynamics, Processes, & Counseling Approaches and Techniques
  4. Human Growth & Development
  5. Career Development and Lifestyle Foundations
  6. Appraisal of Individuals
  7. Social and Cultural Foundations
  8. Research & Evaluation
  9. Professional Orientation
  10. Supervised Practical Experience

Aside from the content areas listed above, 15 hours of the 60 required must be in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. More specifically, two of those 15 hours should be in ethics and another two should be in psychopathology and diagnostic assessment.

HU Comparison:

  1. Counseling Theory & Practice: CN 603
  2. The Helping Relationship: CN 603, CN 611
  3. Group Dynamics, Processes, & Counseling Approaches and Techniques: CN 606
  4. Human Growth & Development: CN 601
  5. Career Development and Lifestyle Foundations: CN 607
  6. Appraisal of Individuals: CN 604
  7. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  8. Research & Evaluation: CN 608
  9. Professional Orientation: CN 602
  10. Supervised Practical Experience: CN 650, CN651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

has completed not less than two years of postgraduate supervised professional experience in accordance with a clinical supervision plan approved by the board of not less than 3,000 hours of supervised professional experience, including at least 1,500 hours of direct client contact conducting psychotherapy and assessments with individuals, couples, families or groups and not less than 100 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), The Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Exam

Additional Information:

The Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board has an alternative route to licensure for counselors who have already obtained their licenses in other states. This process is known as “licensure through reciprocity” and verifies applicable and equivalent requirements that are met out of state in comparison to Kansas licensure requirements.

Date of Last Revision:

March 2, 2022

Kentucky

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://lpc.ky.gov/newstatic_Info.aspx?static_ID=458&menuid=136

Licensing Requirements:

https://lpc.ky.gov/newstatic_Info.aspx?static_ID=458&menuid=136

Contact Information:

Public Protection Cabinet
500 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

Accreditation Requirements:

Licensure as a professional counselor in Kentucky requires the completion of a master’s, specialist, or doctoral degree in counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited institution. Appropriate degree programs will be of 60 graduate semester hours and include instruction in each of the following content areas:

Content Area Requirements:

  1. The Helping Relationship
  2. Human Growth and Development
  3. Lifestyle and career development
  4. Group Dynamics, Process, Counseling, and Consulting
  5. Assessment, Appraisal, and Testing of Individuals
  6. Social and Cultural Foundations
  7. Principles of Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Prevention
  8. Research and Evaluation
  9. Professional Orientation and Counseling Ethics
  10. Practicum or Internship

HU Comparison:

  1. The Helping Relationship: CN 603, CN 611
  2. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  3. Lifestyle and career development: CN 607
  4. Group Dynamics, Process, Counseling, and Consulting: CN 606
  5. Assessment, Appraisal, and Testing of Individuals: CN 604
  6. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  7. Principles of Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Prevention: CN 612
  8. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  9. Professional Orientation and Counseling Ethics: CN 602
  10. Practicum or Internship: CN 6540, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

LPCC licensure in Kentucky requires a practicum or internship consisting of at least 600 hours. From these supervised hours to reach degree requirements, 240 must be in direct client contact. Hours accrued during practicum or internship are distinct from post-degree supervision hours.

After completion of a graduate degree program, applications for professional counseling licensure must apply first as a licensed professional counselor associate (LPCA). Kentucky requires aspiring LPCCs to complete at least 4,000 hours of post-graduate, supervised experience in the practice of counseling. One hour for every 30 client contact hours must be dedicated to supervision.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 15, 2022

 

 

Louisiana

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://www.lpcboard.org/

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.lpcboard.org/rules

Contact Information:

Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners

11410 Lake Sherwood Ave North Suite A

Baton Rouge, LA 70816

225-295-8444 (phone)

225-295-8448 (fax)

lpcboard@lpcboard.org

Accreditation Requirements:

The board shall issue a provisional license to each provisional licensed professional counselor applicant who files an application upon a form designated by the board and in such a manner as the board prescribes, accompanied by such fee required by R.S. 37:1106 and who furnishes satisfactory evidence to the board that he/she:

  1. is at least 21 years of age;
  1. is of good moral character;
  1. is not in violation of any of the provisions of R.S. 37:1101-1123 and the rules and regulations adopted herein;
  1. has received a graduate degree, the substance of which is professional mental health counseling in content from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education offering a master's and/or doctoral program in counseling that is approved by the board and has accumulated at least 60 graduate credit hours as part of the graduate degree plan containing the eight required areas, the supervised mental health practicum and supervised internship in mental health counseling or the total equivalent hours in practicum and internship. Applicants may apply post-masters counseling courses towards licensure if their degree program consisted of less than 60 hours. All graduate and post-masters counseling courses must be completed with a grade no lower than C. All field experience courses must be completed with a grade of A,

 

Content Area Requirements:

    1.   counseling/psychotherapy theories of personality
    2. human growth and development
    3. abnormal behavior
    4. techniques of counseling/ psychotherapy
    5. group dynamics, processes, and counseling/psychotherapy
    6.  lifestyle and career development
    7. appraisal of individuals
    8. ethics and professional orientation:

HU Comparison:

    1.   counseling/psychotherapy theories of personality: CN 603
    2. human growth and development: CN 601
    3. abnormal behavior: CN 612
    4. techniques of counseling/ psychotherapy: CN 603
    5. group dynamics, processes, and counseling/psychotherapy: CN 606
    6.  lifestyle and career development: CN 607
    7. appraisal of individuals: CN 604
    8. ethics and professional orientation: CN 602

Clinical Requirements:

Mental Health Counseling Practicum. Licensure requires the completion of a mental health counseling/psychotherapy practicum totaling 100 clock hours. The practicum includes:

(a).  a minimum of 40 hours of direct counseling/psychotherapy with individuals or groups;

(b).  a minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision by a counseling faculty member supervisor or supervisor working under the supervision of a program faculty member;

(c).  a minimum of one and a half hours per week of group supervision with other students in similar practica or internships by a program faculty member supervisor or a student supervisor working under the supervision of a program faculty member or an approved on-site supervisor.

Mental Health Counseling Internship. Licensure requires the completion of a mental health counseling/psychotherapy internship totaling 600 clock hours. The internship includes:

(a).  a minimum of 240 hours of direct counseling/psychotherapy with individuals or groups;

(b).  a minimum of one hour per week of individual supervision by a counseling faculty member supervisor or an approved on-site supervisor that meets the supervisor requirements of the university.

(c).  a minimum of 1.5 hours per week of group supervision with other students in similar practica or internships by a program faculty member supervisor or a student supervisor working under the supervision of a program faculty member or an approved on-site supervisor.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 15, 2022

 

Maine

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

 HU meets the required coursework descriptions and hours.  HU offers 700 hours of practicum and internship hours; Maine requires 900 hours.  Students would need to complete additional hours to qualify. 

Website:

https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/02/chaps02.htm#514

Licensing Requirements:

A conditional licensee or other qualified applicant may apply to the board for full licensure as a licensed professional counselor upon completion of the supervised experience required by Section 4 of this chapter or substantially similar supervised experience. The applicant shall submit:

  1. Proof of the education required by Section 2 of this chapter, if not previously provided to the board;
  2. Proof of a passing score on the National Counselor Examination, or a request to take the examination;
  3. Proof of successful completion of supervised experience on a form supplied by the board;
  4. Certification of completion of 55 hours of continuing professional education during the term of the conditional license in accordance with Chapter 7-A of the board’s rules, unless conditional licensure was waived by the board pursuant to Section 5(4) of this chapter or is not required;
  5. A proposed disclosure statement that meets the requirements of Chapter 8-B, Section 2(2) of the board’s rules;
  6. The fee prescribed in Chapter 10, Section 5(13) of the rules of the Office of Licensing and Registration, entitled “Establishment of License Fees;” and
  7. Such other information as the board may require.

[NOTE: To avoid a gap in licensure, the board encourages conditional licensees to promptly apply for full licensure upon completion of their supervised experience.]

Contact Information:

Department of Professional & Financial Regulation
35 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333

Telephone: (207) 624-8500
Fax: (207) 624-8690
TTY users call Maine Relay 711

Accreditation Requirements:

The applicant shall provide documented proof of a master’s degree or a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution that consists of a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours or quarter-hour equivalent and meets the criteria of paragraph A, B or C below:

        1. A counseling degree from a program that was accredited by CACREP as a mental health counseling program at the time the degree was awarded (subject to the 60 semester hour minimum);
        2. A counseling degree from a program that consisted of a minimum of 60 semester hours or quarter-hour equivalent as an organized sequence of study that includes curricular experiences and demonstrated knowledge that substantially satisfies each of the 10 core areas of study described in subparagraphs (1) through (10) below and 9 semester hours from at least two additional areas of study described in subparagraphs (11) through (18) below;

[NOTE: Nontraditional or specialized counseling programs such as art therapy and dance movement therapy must also satisfy the 10 core areas and two additional areas of study.]

Except for internship, full area credit will be recognized for a three semester hour course in the designated area or the number of semester hours specified, as the case may be. Except for practicum and internship, partial area credit will be recognized for a course that contains components or significant aspects of an area, and area requirements other than practicum and internship may be satisfied by academic work completed in one or more separate courses. In determining whether a course pertains to an area, the board will consider the content of the course as set forth in course descriptions, catalogs, syllabi, lesson plans, assignment lists, reading lists, or other contemporaneous documents; completed coursework produced by the applicant; any reliable information furnished by the applicant, the instructor who taught the course, a member of the academic department which offered the course, or a senior administrative official of the institution; and the title of the course. No one course will be recognized as satisfying more than one area of study.

Content Area Requirements:

In evaluating the applicant’s academic credentials, the board shall consider the unavailability of the foregoing materials due to passage of time. In the event of a denial hearing, the board shall give due regard to the credibility of the applicant in evaluating any testimony of the applicant relating to course content, provided that the applicant has first demonstrated to the board a good faith effort to obtain the documentation described in the preceding paragraph.

        1. Human Growth and Development. Studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at different developmental levels throughout the life span.
        2. Helping Relationships. Studies that provide an understanding of philosophic bases of helping processes, counseling theories and their applications, basic and advanced counseling skills, consultation theories and skills, self-understanding and self-development, and facilitation of client or consultee change.
        3. Groups. Studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, group counseling theories, group leadership styles, and group counseling methods and skills.
        4. Measurement. Studies that provide an understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories and approaches to measurement, data and information-gathering methods, validity, reliability, psychometric statistics, factors influencing measurements, and use of measurement results in the helping process.
        5. Research and Evaluation. Studies that provide an understanding of the types of research, basic statistics, research report development, research implementation, program evaluation, needs assessment, and ethical and legal considerations associated with research and evaluation.
        6. Diagnosis and Treatment. Studies that provide an understanding of psychopathology, the diagnosis and statistical manual and its use in counseling, psychopathology, the development of treatment plans and the use of related services, and the role of assessment, intake interviews, and reports.
        7. Professional Orientation. Studies that provide an understanding of professional roles and functions, professional organizations and associations, history and trends within the profession, ethical and legal standards, and professional preparation standards and professional credentialing.
        8. Social and Cultural Foundations. Studies that provide an understanding of the development of multicultural awareness, cultural foundations of human growth and development, and cultural values and traditions covering the life span.
        9. Practicum. A course of clinical instruction that provides practical experience in counseling for the purpose of developing individual and group counseling skills. These experiences allow students to perform, on a limited basis, some of the counseling activities that a regularly employed licensed clinical professional counselor would be expected to perform.
        10. Internship. A full academic year of supervised clinical counseling experience consisting of at least 900 clock hours, including a minimum of 360 clock hours of direct client contact. The internship provides an opportunity for the student to perform all the activities that a regularly employed licensed clinical professional counselor would be expected to perform.

Alternative Experience. In lieu of subparagraphs (9) and 10) above, an applicant may provide documentation of 1,000 hours of lawfully obtained supervised clinical counseling. At least 400 hours must consist of direct clinical contact hours. Documentation must include supervisor affidavits and a copy of the applicant’s final evaluation.

Additional course work must include at least nine semester hours of study in the following:

  1. Lifestyle and Career Development. Studies that provide an understanding of career development theories, occupational and educational information services, career counseling, and career decision-making.
  2. Marriage and Family Counseling. Up to six semester hours of study that provide an understanding of the structure and dynamics of the family, and methods of marital and family intervention and counseling.
  3. Human Sexuality for Counselors. Studies that provide an understanding of human sexual function and dysfunction, the relationship between sexuality, self-esteem, sex roles and life styles over the life cycle, and counseling treatment approaches and techniques.
  4. Supervision. Studies that provide an understanding of approaches and conceptual models, individual and group supervision, clinical evaluation, and ethical and legal considerations.
  5. Consultation. Studies that provide an understanding of consultation skills, evaluation of organizational structure and individual client management, and theoretical orientation.
  6. Crisis Intervention. Studies that provide an understanding of the theory and practice of crisis intervention, short-term crisis counseling strategies, and the responsibilities of all those involved in the intervention.
  7. Addictive Disorders. Up to six semester hours of study that provide an understanding of the stages, processes, and effects of addictions, social and psychological dynamics of chemical dependency, and the professional's role in prevention, intervention, and aftercare.
  8. Treatment Modalities. Up to six semester hours of studies that provide an understanding of specific treatment approaches (for example, cognitive, client-centered, expressive therapy, feminist).

An applicant who has not completed an internship that meets the requirements of subparagraph (10) above, but has completed an internship consisting of at least 600 clock hours of supervised clinical counseling experience and has fulfilled all other requirements of Section 2(1)(B) of this chapter, will be deemed to have a qualifying degree for purposes of Section 2(1)(B) of this chapter. Such an applicant must complete additional supervised experience as set forth in Section 4(2) of this chapter.

 

HU Comparison:

        1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
        2. Helping Relationships: CN 603 & CN 611
        3. Groups: CN 606
        4. Measurement: CN 604
        5. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
        6. Diagnosis and Treatment: CN 612 & CN 625
        7. Professional Orientation: CN 610 & CN 602
        8. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
        9. Practicum: CN 650
        10. Internship: CN 651, CN 652 & Additional Hours through CN 653 & CN 654

Additional course work must include at least nine semester hours of study in the following:

  1. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  2. Marriage and Family Counseling: CN 604
  3. Human Sexuality for Counselors: CN 645
  4. Supervision: Not offered at HU.
  5. Consultation: Not offered at HU.
  6. Crisis Intervention: CN 649
  7. Addictive Disorders: CN 641
  8. Treatment Modalities: CN 603

Clinical Requirements (Practicum and Internship):

Practicum. A course of clinical instruction that provides practical experience in counseling for the purpose of developing individual and group counseling skills. These experiences allow students to perform, on a limited basis, some of the counseling activities that a regularly employed licensed clinical professional counselor would be expected to perform.

Internship. A full academic year of supervised clinical counseling experience consisting of at least 900 clock hours, including a minimum of 360 clock hours of direct client contact. The internship provides an opportunity for the student to perform all the activities that a regularly employed licensed clinical professional counselor would be expected to perform.

Alternative Experience. In lieu of subparagraphs (9) and 10) above, an applicant may provide documentation of 1,000 hours of lawfully obtained supervised clinical counseling. At least 400 hours must consist of direct clinical contact hours. Documentation must include supervisor affidavits and a copy of the applicant’s final evaluation.

Clinical Requirements (Post-graduation):

Except as set forth in Section 4(2) of this chapter, the applicant shall complete 3000 hours of supervised clinical counseling experience over a period of not less than 2 years following attainment of the qualifying degree. The 3000 hours shall include a minimum of 1500 direct clinical contact hours with individuals and groups, and a minimum of 100 hours of clinical supervision with the approved supervisor designated by the licensee. Supervision shall occur with substantial regularity throughout this period at the approximate rate of one hour of supervision per 30 hours of experience. Of the minimum 100 hours of clinical supervision, at least 50 hours shall consist of individual supervision. The approved supervisor may participate by live audio conference or live videoconference in lieu of physical presence in up to 25 hours of individual supervision. Unless waived pursuant to Section 5(4) of this chapter, supervised experience must be earned during the applicant’s period of conditional licensure.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

Nonclinical

To qualify for either conditional or full licensure, except as set forth in Chapter 6, Section 3(1) and (2) of the board’s rules, the applicant shall achieve a passing score on the National Counselor Examination administered by the NBCC.

Clinical

To qualify for full licensure, the applicant shall achieve a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination administered by the NBCC.

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

March 7, 2022

Maryland

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely (however, students need two courses in theories, therefore students will need an additional course)

Website

https://dhmh.maryland.gov/bopc/Pages/index.aspx

Licensing Requirements

https://dhmh.maryland.gov/bopc/Pages/reg.aspx

Initial License

Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC)

Contact Information

201 W. Preston Street, 
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-2299
Phone: (410)767-6500, 1-877-463-3464

Accreditation Requirements

Applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited college approved by the Board with a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours or 90 graduate quarter credit hours. 

Content Area Requirements

13 Required Courses/Content Areas: minimum of 3 graduate semester credit hours or 5 graduate quarter hours of instruction in each of the following areas:

  1. Human Growth and Personality Development. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. The various stages of human development over the life span.
    2. Theories of personality and human development.
    3. The influence of human development and experiences on the development of Psychopathology.
    4. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Human Growth and Development
      2. Personality Development
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations Of Counseling. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Aging, ethnicity, gender, psycho-sexual orientation.
    2. Impact of social and cultural norms on human development.
    3. Culture, subculture and socioeconomic influences on the counseling relationship.
    4. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Multicultural Counseling.
      2. Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling.
  3. Counseling Theory. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Overview of major counseling/psychology theories.
    2. The techniques and practices associated with the above theories.
    3. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Counseling Theory and Techniques.
      2. Theories of Counseling and/or Psychotherapy.
      3. Introduction to Psychotherapy Theories.
  4. Counseling Techniques. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. The parameters and limitations of the treatment relationship.
    2. The establishment of the client-counselor treatment contract.
    3. Listening and interviewing skills.
    4. The stages of clinical treatment.
    5. Referral and termination.
    6. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Helping Relationship.
      2. Introduction to Counseling.
      3. Counseling Methods.
      4. Techniques of Interviewing.
  5. Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Theories, practices, and treatment in group counseling.
    2. Principles of leading groups.
    3. Experience in leading groups.
    4. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Group Counseling (or Therapy).
      2. Group Therapy and Practice.
  6. Lifestyle and Career Development. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Life-Long processes that influence work values.
    2. Occupational choice.
    3. Creation of career patterns.
    4. Career decision-making style.
    5. Integration of occupational roles.
    6. Career identity.
    7. Patterns of work adjustment.
    8. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Career Guidance and Counseling
      2. Career Development
      3. Occupational Information
  7. Appraisal. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Formalized testing and measurements.
    2. Informal assessment such as observations, interviews, and rating scales.
    3. Mental status examination.
    4. Theory of test construction, validity, and reliability.
    5. Testing procedures and interpretation.
    6. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Individual Appraisal
      2. Psychological Testing
      3. Personality Testing
      4. Psychological Measurement
      5. Tests and Measurements
  8. Research and Evaluation. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Principles of performing quantitative and qualitative research.
    2. Research design and methods.
    3. Statistical tools and methods.
    4. Reading and interpreting research.
    5. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Methods of Research
      2. Statistics and Data Analysis
      3. Research designs
      4. Research in counseling
  9. Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Professional orientation and responsibility.
    2. Legal Issues.
    3. Ethics of Practice.
    4. Practice Specialization.
    5. Codes of Ethics of National, Professional, Counseling Organizations.
    6. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Professional and Ethical Issues
      2. Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
  10. Marriage and Family Therapy. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Overview of system theories.
    2. Principles of working with couples and families.
    3. Stages of family life cycle development.
    4. Intervention strategies.
    5. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Marriage and Family Counseling (or Therapy)
      2. Family Systems and Intervention
  11. Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Assessment of addictive disorders.
    2. Pharmacology of psychoactive drugs.
    3. Overview of theories of addictive disorders.
    4. Overview of basic models of treatment.
    5. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Foundations of Chemical Dependency Counseling
      2. Overview of Alcohol and Drug Counseling
  12. Supervised Field Experience. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. A supervised clinical internship, externship, field experience, or practicum placement.
    2. Direct client contact in counseling experience with a minimum of 125 hours of face-to-face client counseling.
    3. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Supervised Field Experience
      2. Practicum
      3. Internship/Externship
      4. Clinical Field Experience
      5. Clinical Case Conference or Supervision
  13. Diagnosis And Psychopathology. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. Diagnosis based on current DSM AND ICD criteria.
    2. Major categories of mental disorders.
    3. An understanding of the impact of abnormal behavior not only to individuals, but to society as a whole.
    4. An examination of various theories relative to the etiology of abnormal behavior.
    5. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Psychology and Diagnosis
      2. Psychopathology
      3. Abnormal Psychology
      4. Diagnosis
  14. Psychotherapy and Treatment Of Mental and Emotional Disorders. Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
    1. An Overview and application of one or more treatment models to various disorders.
    2. Examples of courses in this area:
      1. Treatment Techniques
      2. Behavior Therapy
      3. Cognitive Therapy
      4. Psycho-dynamic Therapy
      5. Advanced Techniques of Counseling

HU Comparison

  1. Human Growth and Personality Development: CN 601
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling: CN 605
  3. Counseling Theories: CN 603
  4. Counseling Techniques: CN 611
  5. Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling: CN 606
  6. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  7. Appraisal: CN 604
  8. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  9. Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities: CN 602    
  10. Marriage and Family Therapy: CN 640
  11. Alcohol and Drug Counseling: CN 641
  12. Supervised Field Experience: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652
  13. Diagnosis and Psychopathology: CN 612
  14. Psychotherapy snd Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders: CN 609 OR CN 625*

Clinical Requirements

Supervised Field Experience, including:

  1. A supervised clinical internship, externship, field experience, or practicum placement.
  2. Direct client contact in counseling experience with a minimum of 125 hours of face-to-face client counseling.

Examples of courses:

  1. Supervised Field Experience
  2. Practicum
  3. Internship/Externship
  4. Clinical Field Experience
  5. Clinical Case Conference or Supervision

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) and Maryland Law Test. Students must have approval before taking exam.

Date of Last Revision

February 17, 2022

Massachusetts

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/licensing-guidelines-for-mental-health-and-human-services-professionals

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.mass.gov/doc/licensed-mental-health-counselor-application-guide/download

Contact Information:

Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118-6100

(617) 701-8683

amh.board@mass.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

All degrees and certifications must be from an educational institution licensed or accredited by the state regional accrediting body in which it is located, which meets regional standards for the granting of a master's or doctoral degree. Your 60 semester credit hours (or 80 quarter credit hours) must cover the following required course areas. You must successfully complete a minimum of 10 graduate courses, covering each of the specific content areas, as each course can be used to fill only one requirement. Each course must be at least three 4 Revised 8/16/19 semester credit hours or four quarter credit hours. All courses must focus on mental health counseling.

Content Area Requirements:

Counseling Theory: Examination of the major theories, principles and techniques of mental health counseling and their application to professional counseling settings. Understanding and applying theoretical perspectives with clients.

  • Human Growth and Development: Understanding the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental stages of life. Understanding major theories of physical, cognitive, affective and social development and their application to mental health counseling practice.
  • Psychopathology: Identification and diagnosis and mental health treatment planning for abnormal, deviant, or psychopathological behavior, includes assessments and treatment procedures.
  • Social and Cultural Foundations: Theories of multicultural counseling, issues and trends of a multicultural and diverse society. Foundational knowledge and skills needed to provide mental health counseling services to diverse populations in a culturally competent manner.
  • Clinical Skills: Understanding of the theoretical bases of the counseling processes, mental health counseling techniques, and their therapeutic applications. Understanding and practice of counseling skills necessary for the mental health counselor.
  • Group Work: Theoretical and experiential understandings of group development, purpose, dynamics, group counseling methods and skills, as well as leadership styles. Understanding of the dynamics and processes of mental health (therapeutic, psychosocial, psycho-educational) groups.
  • Special Treatment Issues: Areas relevant to the practice of mental health counseling, i.e. psychopharmacology, substance abuse, school or career issues, marriage and family treatment, sexuality and lifestyle choices, treating special populations.
  • Appraisal: Individual and group educational and psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal. Examination of the various instruments and methods of psychological appraisal and assessment including, but not limited to, cognitive, affective, and personality assessment utilized by the mental health counselor. The function of measurement and evaluation, purposes of testing, reliability and validity.
  • Research and Evaluation: Understanding social science research, and evaluative methodologies and strategies, types of research, program evaluation, needs assessments, ethical and legal considerations.
  • Professional Orientation: Understanding of professional roles and functions of mental health counselors, with particular emphasis on legal and ethical standards. Ethical case conceptualization, analysis and decision making as it relates to clinical practice. Knowledge and understanding of the standards set by the code of ethics of the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Understanding of licensure and regulatory practices.

Electives Areas: Graduate courses other than required graduate courses must include knowledge and skills in the practice of mental health counseling. Appropriate courses may include, but are not limited to, the areas listed above as well as best practices for maintaining and terminating counseling and psychotherapy; consultation skills; outreach and prevention strategies; diagnosis and treatment issues; working with special populations; professional identity and practice issues, including historical perspectives; mental health regulations and policy; and management of community mental health programs.

HU Comparison:

  1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  2. Psychopathology: CN 612
  3. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  4. Clinical Skills: CN 603
  5. Group Work: CN 606
  6. Special Treatment Issues: CN 640, CN 641, CN 649, CN 646
  7. Appraisal: CN 604
  8. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  9. Professional Orientation: CN 602

Clinical Requirements:

  1. Practicum As part of your master’s degree program, you must complete a pre-internship experience of at least seven weeks and 100 clock hours at the academic campus or a clinical field experience site. A clinical field experience site is a site providing pre- and post-master's degree clinical field experience training that is (1) part of an educational institution licensed or accredited by the state regional accrediting body in which it is located which meets regional standards for the granting of a master's or doctoral degree, or (2) a health or mental health institution regulated by the state, or another appropriate entity regulated by the state or otherwise exempt from regulation, that has integrated programs for the delivery of clinical mental health counseling and has established provisions for appropriate supervision. A clinical field experience site does not include individual private practice or group private practice. The 100 clock hours of experience must include at least:
    1. 40 contact hours of direct client contact experience or peer role plays and laboratory experience in individual, group, couple and family interactions. Direct client contact experience is direct, face-to-face, clinical mental health counseling with a range of individuals, groups, couples, or families, and does not include vocational guidance services, academic school guidance counseling, industrial or organizational consulting services, teaching or conducting research.
    2. 25 supervisory contact hours with: o At least 10 hours of individual supervision or At least 5 hours of group supervision, with no more than 10 supervisees in a group or 10 additional supervision hours, which may be individual or group in nature

 2. Internship As part of your master’s degree program, you must complete a post-practicum experience of at least 600 clock hours at a clinical field experience site (defined above). The 600 clock hours of experience must include at least: 6 Revised 8/16/19

  • 240 contact hours of direct client contact experience at a clinical field experience site in mental health counseling, which does not include vocational guidance services, academic school guidance counseling, industrial or organizational consulting services, teaching or conducting research.
  • 45 supervisory contact hours with: o At least 15 hours of individual supervision o At least 15 hours of group supervision, with no more than 10 supervisees in a group o 15 additional supervision hours, which may be individual or group in nature.

After you have received your master’s degree or other qualifying education, you must complete at least 3360 total hours of full-time, or equivalent part-time, experience in mental health counseling in a period not less than two years and not more than eight years. Full time is no more than 35 hours per week for 48 weeks a year. Thus, you cannot count more than 35 hours per week and 48 weeks a year, even if you worked more than one job at the same time.

A. Client Contact Hours At least 960 hours of the 3360 total hours must be in direct, face-to-face, clinical mental health counseling with a range of individuals, groups, couples, or families.

  • At least 610 of those hours must be in individual, couples, or family counseling
  • No more than 350 of those hours may be in group counseling
  • You must have at least 10 client contact hours each week for the experience to be considered fulltime.

B. Supervision Hours At least 130 hours of the 3360 total hours must be supervisory contact hours.

  • At least 75 hours of individual supervision ·
  • At least one hour of supervision for every 16 hours of direct client contact
  • If you are working part-time, you can have no less than one supervision hour every two weeks.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 17, 2022

Michigan

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Call or contact the Michigan Board of Counseling.

Website

https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72783---,00.html

Licensing Requirements

https://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-89334_72600_72603_27529_27536---,00.html

Contact Information

General Customer Service
Director Cheryl Wykoff Pezon
Ottawa Building
611 W. Ottawa
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: 517-241-0199
Fax: 517-241-9416
bplhelp@michigan.gov

Accreditation Requirements

Applicants must have a master’s degree from a regionally-accredited university.  A program that is not accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), must include coursework and training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders and all other coursework requirements of CACREP, including practicum and internship requirements.  The applicant shall bear the expense of a program evaluation to determine whether his or her educational program was substantially equivalent to a program that satisfies the CACREP accreditation standards. The evaluation must be completed by either the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE), located at http://cce-global.org OR a credential evaluation organization that is a current member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), located at http://www.naces.org

Content Area Requirements

Master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or student personnel work must be submitted directly to this office from a regionally accredited educational institution. An applicant must have completed not less than 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours in counseling topics which includes studies in all of the following:

  1. Consulting
  2. Counseling techniques
  3. Counseling philosophy
  4. Group techniques
  5. Research methodology
  6. Testing procedures and assessment
  7. Professional ethics
  8. Career development
  9. Multicultural counseling
  10. Practicum
  11. An internship that consists of not less than 600 hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of counseling

HU Comparison

  1. Consulting: CN 610
  2. Counseling Techniques: CN 611; CN 612
  3. Counseling Philosophy: CN 609
  4. Group Techniques: CN 606
  5. Research Methodology: CN 608
  6. Testing Procedures: CN 604
  7. Professional Ethics: CN 602
  8. Counseling Theories: CN 603
  9. Career Development: CN 607
  10. Multicultural Counseling: CN 605
  11. Practicum: CN 650
  12. Internship: CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements

600 hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of counseling

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) or Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) Examination.

Additional Information

Limited Professional Counselor License serves as a provisional license post-graduation, as needed. More information here.

Date of Last Revision

March 2, 2022

 

Minnesota

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://mn.gov/boards/behavioral-health/

Licensing Requirements

https://mn.gov/boards/behavioral-health/applicants/apply/apply-for-lpc.jsp

Contact Information

Patricia LaBrocca
LPC/LPCC Licensing Coordinator
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy

335 Randolph Avenue, Suite 290

St. Paul, MN 55102

bbht.board@state.mn.us

Phone: (651)201-2756 Fax: (651)797-1374

patricia.labrocca@state.mn.us 

Accreditation Requirements

Masters or Doctoral degree program in counseling or a related field, from a program that is CACREP accredited or by an accrediting agency recognized by CHEA.

There are two levels of licensure: Initial license - Licensed Professional counselor (LPC); Terminal license - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Content Area Requirements

Degree upon which license application is based must include:

  • At least 48 semesters or 72 quarter credits
  • A minimum 700 hour supervised field experience
  • Specific academic course content in ten subject areas

The ten core content areas are:

  1. The helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice
  2. Human growth and development
  3. Lifestyle development and career development
  4. Group dynamics, processes, counseling, and consulting
  5. Assessment and appraisal
  6. Social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues
  7. Principles of etiology, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior
  8. Family counseling and therapy
  9. Research and evaluation
  10. Professional counseling orientation and ethics

HU Comparison

  1. The helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice: CN 611 & CN 603
  2. Human growth and development: CN 601
  3. Lifestyle development and career development: CN 607
  4. Group dynamics, processes, counseling, and consulting: CN 606
  5. Assessment and appraisal: CN 604
  6. Social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues: CN 605
  7. Principles of etiology, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior: CN 612
  8. Family counseling and therapy: CN 640
  9. Research and evaluation: CN 608
  10. Professional counseling orientation and ethics: CN 602 and CN 610

Clinical Requirements

A minimum 700 hour supervised field experience (CN 650, CN 651, CN 652); Applicants must also submit a plan for supervision during the 2,000 hour post-degree.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE)

Date of Last Revision

February 17, 2022 

 

Mississippi

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://www.lpc.ms.gov/

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.lpc.ms.gov/license/lpc/

Contact Information:

Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors

239 North Lamar Street
Suite 402
Jackson, MS 39201
Office: 601- 359-1010
Email: info@lpc.ms.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) is recognized by the Board as a person who has met the educational, examination, and experience requirements to become licensed. LPCs are licensed to provide professional counseling services independent of supervision in the state of Mississippi.  LPCs must complete continuing education requirements, pay applicable renewal fees, and submit a fingerprint background check when required to maintain an ACTIVE status license.

Master’s degree in Counseling.  –  60 semester-hours or 90 quarter-hours master’s degree in Counseling or degree program with the word counseling in the title.

Content Area Requirements:

  1. Human Growth and Development
  2. Social and Cultural Foundation
  3. Counseling and Psychotherapy Skills
  4. Group Counseling
  5. Lifestyle and Career Development
  6. Testing and Appraisal
  7. Research and Evaluation
  8. Professional Orientation to Counseling or Ethics
  9. Theories of Counseling Psychotherapy and Personality
  10. Marriage and/or Family Counseling/Therapy
  11. Abnormal Psychology and Psychopathology
  12. Internship

HU Comparison:

  1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  2. Social and Cultural Foundation: CN 605
  3. Counseling and Psychotherapy Skills: CN 611
  4. Group Counseling: CN 606
  5. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  6. Testing and Appraisal: CN 604
  7. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  8. Professional Orientation to Counseling or Ethics: CN 602
  9. Theories of Counseling Psychotherapy and Personality: CN 610
  10. Marriage and/or Family Counseling/Therapy: CN 640
  11. Abnormal Psychology and Psychopathology: CN 612
  12. Internship: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

Supervised clinical hours accrued during a graduate degree program are referred to as internship hours. For graduate degree completion and counseling licensure in Mississippi, applicants are required to complete at least 600 supervised, planned, practice, and advanced experience hours. These hours may be considered as a part of the supervision hours completed post-degree. Mississippi requires aspiring LPCs to complete at least 3,000 hours of supervision, with a maximum of 40 hours per week. Up to 1,750 hours may also be obtained while enrolled in a degree program, through an internship or practicum. Of the required hours of supervision, at least 1,200 should be in direct counseling services for clients. One hundred hours of individual face-to-face supervision are also required, of which only 50 hours may be group supervision.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)

Additional Information:

LPC licenses in Minnesota expire biennially. License renewal requires payment of the appropriate renewal fee and completion of continuing education.

Date of Last Revision:

February 17, 2022

Missouri

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp

Licensing Requirements:

https://pr.mo.gov/boards/counselors/lpcslidesgeneralwebsite.pdf

Contact Information:

Committee for Professional Counselors

3605 Missouri Boulevard

P.O. Box 1335

Jefferson City, MO  65102-1335

573.751.0018 Telephone

573.751.0735 Fax

800.735.2966 TTY

800.735.2466 Voice Relay

profcounselor@pr.mo.gov

https://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp

Accreditation Requirements:

A master’s degree must be in counseling or the following mental health disciplines -- counseling & guidance, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology and consist of 48 semester or equivalent quarter hours. The degree must teach counseling principles, theories, techniques, and counseling interventions. If a degree is less than 48 semester hours an applicant can proposed a plan to complete the required courses to meet the educational requirement.

Content Area Requirements:

A master’s degree in compliance with the educational requirements will include course work addressing the following core areas –

  • COUNSELING THEORY:
  • HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT:
  • HELPING RELATIONSHIP:
  • SOCIAL & CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS:
  • CAREER DEVELOPMENT:
  • APPRAISAL OF INDIVIDUALS:
  • GROUP DYNAMICS:
  • RESEARCH METHODS:
  • PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION:
  • DIAGNOSIS (August 28, 2007)
  • SIX HOURS OF PRACTICUM:

HU Comparison:

  • COUNSELING THEORY: CN 610, CN 611
  • HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT: CN 601 
  • HELPING RELATIONSHIP: CN 603, CN 611
  • SOCIAL & CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS: CN 605
  • CAREER DEVELOPMENT: CN 607
  • APPRAISAL OF INDIVIDUALS: CN 604
  • GROUP DYNAMICS: CN 606
  • RESEARCH METHODS: CN 608
  • PROFESSIONAL ORIENTATION: CN 602
  • DIAGNOSIS (August 28, 2007)
  • SIX HOURS OF PRACTICUM: CN 650

Clinical Requirements:

3,000 hours and 24 months of supervised experience with five years to complete the hours and months 1,200 hours direct client contact individual and/or group therapy required . A CIT or PLPC must be engaged in counseling or counseling related duties at least 15 hours a week during the period of supervised experience 1 hour per week face to face supervision with at least two weeks individual supervision. Up to two weeks of the remaining supervision can be group supervision with a maximum of 3 CITs/PLPCs in the group. No more than 3 PLPCs or CITs to one supervisor. Supervision via electronic communication is defined as acceptable if the communication is contemporaneously or simultaneously visually and verbally interactive and consisting of 1 continuous hour (50 minutes). Minimum requirement of 1 hour cannot be broken into segments. Finally, communication by cellular telephone or email, texting etc. does not meet the requirement for face to face supervision.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination (NCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 17, 2022

Montana

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.ebsite:

https://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/behavioral-health/

Licensing Requirements:

https://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/Portals/133/Documents/bbh/BBH-LCPC-APP_License-App-Checklist.pdf?ver=2018-06-15-173414-543

Contact Information:

Montana Board of Behavioral Health

PO Box 200513

301 S Park, 4th Floor

Helena, MT 59620-0512

Phone: 406-841-2300

E-Mail: dlibsdbbh@mt.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

Option 1 - graduate degree with a minimum of 60 semester hours from an accredited college with a program of study that is primarily counseling in nature and includes 6 semester credits in an advanced counseling practicum. The program must include Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) core courses; or Option 2 - graduate degree with a minimum of 45 semester hours from an accredited college with a program of study that is primarily counseling in nature and includes 6 semester credits in an advanced counseling practicum. The program must include Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) core courses. Note that if your degree is at least 45 credits but less than 60 credits and meets this criteria you will still have to obtain the additional credits to equal 60 within five years of being granted your LCPC license.

Content Area Requirements:

  1. Counseling Theory
  2. Counseling Techniques
  3. Human Growth & Development
  4. Social & Cultural Foundations
  5. The Helping Relationship
  6. Groups
  7. Life-style & Career Development
  8. Appraisal
  9. Professional Orientation
  10. Supervised Experience
  11. Advanced Counseling Practicum

HU Comparison:

  1. Counseling Theory: CN 603
  2. Counseling Techniques: CN 610, CN 611
  3. Human Growth & Development: CN 601
  4. Social & Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  5. The Helping Relationship: CN 603, CN 611
  6. Groups: CN 606
  7. Life-style & Career Development: CN 607
  8. Appraisal: CN 604
  9. Professional Orientation: CN 602
  10. Supervised Experience: CN 650
  11. Advanced Counseling Practicum: CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

Like many other states, LCPC licensure in Montana requires the completion of a practicum, also sometimes referred to as an internship. This graduate clinical experience requires 30 hours of face-to-face supervision, 45 hours of group supervision, a minimum of 200 hours of service which includes 80 hours in direct services. These hours can be applied to post-graduate supervision hours. Montana requires aspiring LCPCs to complete 3,000 hours of supervision —at least 1,500 of which must be post-degree. Supervisees must receive one hour of supervision for every 15 hours of direct service of which no more that 250 of the total 1000 direct hours should be in group counseling sessions.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE); or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)

Additional Information:

Montana LCPCs are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education (CE) each year. A maximum of 10 hours can be accrued by first time preparation of a new course, in-service training, or seminar. Ten hours can also be earned through preparation of a professional counselor paper or presentation at a statewide or national counselor meeting. Excess of 20 hours accrued in a year can be carried over up to 20 additional hours.

Date of Last Revision:

February 17, 2022

Nebraska

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://dhhs.ne.gov/licensure/pages/mental-health-and-social-work-practice.aspx

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.nebraska.gov/rules-and-regs/regsearch/Rules/Health_and_Human_Services_System/Title-172/Chapter-094.pdf

Contact Information:

Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit

DHHS Licensure Unit

Attn: Mental Health

PO Box 94986

Lincoln NE 68509-4986

Phone Number: (402) 471-2117

Fax Number: (402) 742-1106

Email Address: DHHS.Licensure2117@nebraska.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

Licensure as a licensed mental health practitioner (LMHP) requires the completion of a master’s or doctorate degree from a:

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
  • Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or
  • American Psychological Association (APA) accredited graduate program or equivalent.

Content Area Requirements:

Appropriate degree programs will include at least three semester hours of graduate coursework in counseling theory and in five of the following content areas:

  1. Human growth and development
  2. Social and cultural foundations
  3. The helping relationship
  4. Group dynamics, processing, and counseling
  5. Lifestyle and career development
  6. Appraisal of individuals
  7. Research and evaluation
  8. Professional orientation

HU Comparison:

  1. Human growth and development: CN 601
  2. Social and cultural foundations: CN 605
  3. The helping relationship: CN 603, CN 611
  4. Group dynamics, processing, and counseling: CN 606
  5. Lifestyle and career development: CN 607
  6. Appraisal of individuals: CN 604
  7. Research and evaluation: CN 608
  8. Professional orientation: CN 602

Clinical Requirements:

Licensure as a mental health practitioner or professional counselor in Nebraska requires the completion of a practicum, also sometimes referred to as an internship. This practicum must be part of the graduate degree program and consists of at least three semester hours. For CACREP-approved programs, however, this requirement is six credit hours, equivalent to at least 600 hours of clinical graduate counseling experience.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

The National Board of Certified Counselor's National Counselor Examination (NBCC/NCE) or The National Board of Certified Counselor’s National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NBCC/NCMHCE); or (ii) The Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Examination (CRC).

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 17, 2022

 

Nevada

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Website:

https://marriage.nv.gov/Services/CPC/

Licensing Requirements:

https://marriage.nv.gov/Services/CPC/

Contact Information:

7324 West Cheyenne Suite #10

Las Vegas, Nevada 89129

Phone: (702) 486-7388

Fax: (702) 486-7258

Accreditation Requirements:

Each applicant must furnish evidence satisfactory to the Board that he/she:

  • is at least 21 years of age
  • is of good moral character
  • is a citizen of the United States, or is lawfully entitled to remain and work in the United States;
  • has;
    • completed his residency training in psychiatry from a regionally accredited college, university or institution approved by the Board or
    • a graduate Mental Health degree from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a program in mental health counseling or community counseling or has
      • At least 2 years of postgraduate experience practicing professional counseling and;
      • At least 3,000 hours of supervised experience in professional counseling, which includes, without limitation, 
        • At least 1,500 hours must consist of direct contact with clients and;
        • at least 300 hours of supervision with approved supervisors of which at least 1 one hour per week was completed for each week in which the applicant provided counseling; and
      • passed the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) which is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).

Content Area Requirements:

  1. Human growth and development
  2. Individual counseling theories
  3. Individual counseling techniques and practice
  4. Lifestyle and career development
  5. Group dynamics, counseling, and consulting
  6. Ethics and professional studies
  7. Supervised practice of clinical professional counseling
  8. Diagnosis and assessment
  9. Social and cultural foundations
  10. Research and evaluation
  11. Abuse of alcohol or controlled substances

HU Comparison:

  1. Human growth and development: CN 601
  2. Individual counseling theories: CN 603
  3. Individual counseling techniques and practice: CN 611
  4. Lifestyle and career development: CN 607
  5. Group dynamics, counseling, and consulting: CN 606
  6. Ethics and professional studies: CN 602
  7. Supervised practice of clinical professional counseling: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652
  8. Diagnosis and assessment: CN 604
  9. Social and cultural foundations: CN 605
  10. Research and evaluation: CN 608
  11. Abuse of alcohol or controlled substances: CN 641

Clinical Requirements:

Internship experiences accumulative to 600 clinical graduate contact hours is required as a part of CACREP accredited degree program. These hours are typically completed over two 3-credit courses. Nevada requires aspiring CPCs to complete 3,000 hours of supervised counseling contact hours. Of these hours, at least 1,500 must be in direct contact with clients and at least 100 must be under the direct supervision of an approved supervisor at a rate of at least one hour per week in the work setting.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 17, 2022

New Hampshire

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://www.oplc.nh.gov/board-mental-health-practice

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.oplc.nh.gov/board-mental-health-practice

Contact Information:

Office of Professional Licensure & Certification 
7 Eagle Square 
Concord NH, 03301 

Phone: 603-271-2152

Accreditation Requirements:

CMHC licensure in New Hampshire requires the completion of a 60-credit master’s or doctorate degree from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs-accredited graduate program or a similar program that meets the same academic requirements.

Content Area Requirements:

  1. Human growth and development
  2. Abnormal psychology/psychopathology
  3. Counseling theories
  4. Counseling techniques
  5. Social and cultural foundations
  6. Group work
  7. Professional orientation and ethics
  8. Career and lifestyle development
  9. Testing and assessment
  10. Research and program evaluation
  11. Addictive behaviors

HU Comparison:

  1. Human growth and development: CN 601
  2. Abnormal psychology/psychopathology: CN 612
  3. Counseling theories: CN 603
  4. Counseling techniques: CN 611
  5. Social and cultural foundations: CN 605
  6. Group work: CN 606
  7. Professional orientation and ethics: CN 602
  8. Career and lifestyle development: CN 607
  9. Testing and assessment: CN 604
  10. Research and program evaluation: CN 608
  11. Addictive behaviors: CN 641

Clinical Requirements:

CMHC licensure in New Hampshire may require the completion of a practicum or internship depending on the applicant’s completed degree program—particularly if it was not accredited by the council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The practicum/internship should be 700 hours. New Hampshire requires aspiring CMHCs to complete 3,000 hours of supervision in a minimum of two years, with at least of one hour per week of individual face-to-face direction from an approved supervisor who is licensed as an CMHC.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 17, 2022

 

New Jersey

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/pc/Pages/default.aspx

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Statutes/professionalconselorexaminerscommitteelaw.pdf

Contact Information:

State Board of Marriage and Family Examiners

Professional Counselor Examiners Committee

P.O. Box 45044

Newark, NJ 07101

Phone: (973) 504-6582

Accreditation Requirements:

Each person applying for licensure as a licensed professional counselor shall make application therefore to the board on the form and in the manner the committee prescribes and the board shall immediately refer each application to the committee for appropriate action. Each applicant shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the committee that he:

a. Is at least 18 years of age;

b. Is of good moral character;

c. Has completed a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours in a planned educational program, which includes a master's degree or doctorate in counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, of which 45 graduate semester hours are distributed in at least eight of the following areas:

Content Area Requirements:

(1) Counseling theory and practice;

(2) The helping relationship;

(3) Human growth and development and maladaptive behavior;

(4) Lifestyle and career development;

(5) Group dynamics, processes, counseling, and consulting;

(6) Appraisal of individuals;

(7) Social and cultural foundations;

(8) Research and evaluation;

(9) The counseling profession;

HU Comparison:

(1) Counseling theory and practice; CN 603

(2) The helping relationship; CN 603, CN 611

(3) Human growth and development and maladaptive behavior; CN 601

(4) Lifestyle and career development; CN 607

(5) Group dynamics, processes, counseling, and consulting; CN 606

(6) Appraisal of individuals; CN 604

(7) Social and cultural foundations; CN 605

(8) Research and evaluation; CN 608

(9) The counseling profession; CN 602

Clinical Requirements:

Has had at least three years of supervised full-time counseling experience in a professional counseling setting acceptable to the committee, one year of which may be obtained prior to the granting of the master's degree. The committee shall establish criteria for determining the qualifications and status which may constitute supervised counseling experience. An applicant may eliminate one year of the required supervised counseling experience by substituting 30 graduate semester hours beyond the master's degree if those graduate semester hours are clearly related to counseling and are acceptable to the committee. In no case, however, may the applicant have less than one year of supervised professional counseling experience after the granting of the master's degree.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination (NCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 17, 2022

New Mexico

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://www.rld.nm.gov/boards-and-commissions/individual-boards-and-commissions/counseling-and-therapy-practice-overview/

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.rld.state.nm.us/uploads/files/Rule%20Book(1).pdf

Contact Information:

New Mexico Regulation & Licensing Department

2550 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505

5500 San Antonio Dr., Albuquerque, NM 87109

505 South Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001

Phone: (505) 476-4500

Accreditation Requirements:

LPCC licensure in New Mexico requires the completion of a 48 semester-hour master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Content Area Requirements:

  • Human growth and development
  • Social and cultural foundations
  • Helping relationships
  • Group work
  • Career and lifestyle development
  • Appraisal
  • Research methods
  • Professional orientation

In addition to these three semester hour courses, New Mexico’s Regulation and Licensing Department also requires 12 semester hours in specialized clinical studies such as clinical case study, psychodynamics, addictions, and psychopathology, to name a few.

HU Comparison:

  • Human growth and development: CN 601
  • Social and cultural foundations: CN 605
  • Helping relationships: CN 603, CN 611
  • Group work: CN 606
  • Career and lifestyle development: CN 607
  • Appraisal: CN 604
  • Research methods: CN 608
  • Professional orientation: CN 602

Specialized Courses: CN 646, CN 641

Clinical Requirements:

Aside from the coursework listed above, LPCC licensure in New Mexico also requires the completion of a practicum, sometimes referred to as an internship. This practicum/internship should be at least nine semester hours of graduate coursework focusing on training in a professional setting under the direction of a faculty member and/or on-site supervisor designated by the college or university.

This is a distinct requirement from post-graduate supervision, which is also necessary for LPCC licensure in New Mexico. New Mexico requires licensed mental health counselors (LMHC) to complete 3,000 hours of supervision in at least two years, with a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face direction from an approved supervisor. Up to 1,000 hours may be obtained through a degree-program internship or practicum.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 17, 2022

New York

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website:

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhclic.htm

Licensing Requirements:

http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/mhclic.htm

Contact Information:

Information: www.op.nysed.gov/opd/

Email: conduct@nysed.gov

Phone: 800-442-8106

Fax: 212-951-6420

Write: Office of Professional Discipline, 1411 Broadway, Tenth Floor, New York, NY 10018

Accreditation Requirements:

To meet the professional education requirement for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, you must present evidence of receiving a master's or doctoral degree in counseling from a program that is:

a. registered by the Department as licensure qualifying;

b. accredited as a clinical mental health counseling program of 60 semester hours by the Commission on the Accreditation of Counseling Related Education Programs (CACREP) or another acceptable accrediting agency; or

c. determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent of such a registered or accredited program.

Content Area Requirements:

To be considered substantially equivalent, your program must include at least 60 semester hours, or the equivalent, of graduate study that contains curricular content that includes but is not limited to the following areas:

  • human growth and development;
  • social and cultural foundations of counseling;
  • counseling theory and practice;
  • psychopathology;
  • group dynamics;
  • lifestyle and career development;
  • assessment and appraisal of individuals, couples, families and groups;
  • research and program evaluation;
  • professional orientation and ethics;
  • foundations of Mental Health Counseling and consultation;
  • clinical instruction;

HU Comparison:

To be considered substantially equivalent, your program must include at least 60 semester hours, or the equivalent, of graduate study that contains curricular content that includes but is not limited to the following areas:

  • human growth and development;
  • social and cultural foundations of counseling;
  • counseling theory and practice;
  • psychopathology;
  • group dynamics;
  • lifestyle and career development;
  • assessment and appraisal of individuals, couples, families and groups;
  • research and program evaluation;
  • professional orientation and ethics;
  • foundations of Mental Health Counseling and consultation;
  • clinical instruction;

Clinical Requirements:

A minimum one year supervised internship or practicum in Mental Health Counseling where one year means at least 600 clock hours. To meet the experience requirement for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor, you must submit documentation of completion of a supervised experience of at least 3,000 clock hours providing Mental Health Counseling in a setting acceptable to the Department. The supervised experience must be obtained after completion of the master’s degree program required for licensure.

The practice of Mental Health Counseling is defined as:

  • the evaluation, assessment, amelioration, treatment, modification, or adjustment to a disability, problem, or disorder of behavior, character, development, emotion, personality or relationships by the use of verbal or behavioral methods with individuals, couples, families or groups in private practice, group, or organized settings; and
  • the use of assessment instruments and Mental Health Counseling and psychotherapy to identify, evaluate and treat dysfunctions and disorders for purposes of providing appropriate Mental Health Counseling services.

Not less than 1,500 clock hours of such required experience must consist of direct contact with clients. The remaining experience may consist of other activities that do not involve direct client contact, including but not limited to, recordkeeping, case management, research, supervision and professional development.

When an applicant completes less than 3,000 hours in a setting, at least one-half of the hours must be direct; the remainder may be indirect. It is not acceptable to complete direct and indirect activities in different settings under different supervisors and attempt to combine these hours to meet the experience requirement.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE).

Note: The National Counselor Examination (NCE) from NBCC is not acceptable for licensure.

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

March 7, 2022

North Carolina

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website:

https://www.ncblpc.org/BoardInfo

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.ncblpc.org/Licensure#:~:text=LCMHCSs%20have%20at%20least%205,be%20approved%20by%20the%20Board.

Contact Information:

PO Box 77819

Greensboro, North Carolina 27417

Fax: 336-217-9450

Phone: (844) 622-3572 or (336) 217-6007

Accreditation Requirements:

North Carolina LPC licensure requires the completion of a master’s degree in counseling from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Appropriate degree programs will be 60 semester hours of graduate-level coursework, with three semester hours in each of the following core content areas:

Content Area Requirements:

  1. Helping Relationships
  2. Professional Orientation to Counseling
  3. Human Growth and Development Theories
  4. Social and Cultural Foundations
  5. Group Counseling Theories
  6. Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
  7. Assessment in Counseling
  8. Research and Program Evaluation

HU Comparison:

  1. Helping Relationships: CN 603, CN 611
  2. Professional Orientation to Counseling: CN 602
  3. Human Growth and Development Theories: CN 601
  4. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  5. Group Counseling Theories: CN 606
  6. Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development: CN 607
  7. Assessment in Counseling: CN 604
  8. Research and Program Evaluation: CN 608

Clinical Requirements:

In addition to the coursework listed above, LPC licensure in North Carolina also requires the completion of one-semester practicum and a one-semester internship. These must consist of at least 300 hours of counseling experience, with at least 17 hours of supervision at a rate of one hour of supervision for each hour of experience. Direct client contact hours must equate to 180 hours of the total 300. Licensed professional counselor associates (LPCA) in North Carolina are required to complete 3,000 hours of supervision, with 2,000 hours of client contact and 100 hours of direction from an approved supervisor — of which 75 hours must be one-on-one.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE) or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Exam

Additional Information:

The North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors has an alternative route to licensure  for counselors who have already earned their licenses in other parts of the United States. This process is called “licensure by endorsement”. Out-of-state applicants must provide proof of a minimum of five years of full-time or eight years of part-time counseling experience, have at least 2,500 hours of direct client contact, and have a full license that does not require supervision.

Date of Last Revision:

March 7, 2022

North Dakota

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

 

Ohio

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Additional coursework is required. Students from Ohio need to ensure a plan of study that meets state licensure criteria.

Website

https://cswmft.ohio.gov/Counselors.aspx

Licensing Requirements

https://cswmft.ohio.gov/wps/wcm/connect/gov/faba2418-aa3e-4af2-99be-358454da55a5/CSWMFT+Board+Laws+and+Rules+4757+4-19-2021.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CVID=nBxPivP

Contact Information

Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board
77 South High Street, 24th Floor, Room 2468
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6171
Phone: 614-466-0912
Email: cswmft.info@cswb.ohio.gov

Accreditation Requirements

If the degree does not meet Ohio’s education requirements, it must be a graduate degree in counseling from an accredited institution or appropriately-accredited institution. “Accredited” or “appropriately-accredited” means an institution accredited or holding pre-accredited status at the college level by an accreditation agency recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education, or an institution accredited at the college level by an accrediting agency recognized by the "Council for Higher Education Accreditation" or  "CHEA."

Content Area Requirements

The counseling program shall be an organized sequence of study that includes at least one graduate course in each of the following eleven areas of counselor training:

  1. Counseling theory: Includes a study of basic theories, principles of counseling, and philosophical bases of the helping relationship
  2. Counseling techniques: Includes individual counseling practices, methods, facilitative skills, and the application of these skills
  3. Practicum: includes a supervised training experience, acceptable to the board, consisting of the provision of counseling to bona fide clients, and/or groups seeking services from counselors.
    1. A practicum consists no less than one hundred hours of which forty hours are direct service that conforms to "CACREP" 2009 standards for the required number of practicum hours, if those standards exceed one hundred hours.
    2. Students, who have not completed their master's degree requirements prior to September 30, 1997, and have been enrolled in a practicum of less than one hundred hours prior to September 30, 1997, may use that course to fulfill the practicum requirement.
  4. Internship: Includes an on-the-job experience in professional counseling acceptable to the board.
    1. The supervised internship shall be no less than six hundred hours of which two hundred forty hours shall be in direct services, which include the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders and conditions.
    2. Students who have not completed their master's degree requirements by September, 30, 1997, who have begun an internship of less than six hundred hours prior to September 30, 1997, may use that internship experience to fulfill the internship requirement. Any internship begun after September 30, 1997, shall comply with the requirements in paragraph (A) (4) (d) (i) of this rule.
    3. First-time applicants who are intending to use the internship experience to meet the educational requirements of the board shall document their internship experience on a form prescribed by the board. The form shall be completed by the supervisor or supervisors and shall document the student's competency in all areas designated on the form. The form shall be completed and submitted by the student within thirty days of the successful completion of the internship.
  5. Human growth and development: Includes studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels. Emphasis is placed on psychological, sociological, and physiological approaches, human behavior, (normal and abnormal), personality theory, and learning theory.
  6. Social and cultural foundations: Includes studies of change, ethnic groups, subcultures, changing roles of women, sexism, racism, ethnocentrism, urban and rural societies, population patterns, cultural mores, use of leisure time, and differing life patterns.
  7. Group dynamics, processing and counseling: includes the study of group dynamics, group processes, practices and methods of group counseling, supervised practice, supervised facilitative skills, and theory and types of groups.
  8. Life-style and career development: includes vocational-choice theory, relationship of career choice to life-style, sources of occupational and educational information, approaches to career decision-making processes, and career development exploration techniques.
  9. Appraisal of the individual through: testing includes the development of a framework for understanding the individual, methods of data-gathering and interpretation, case study approaches, individual and group psychological and educational testing and the study of individual differences with consideration of ethnic, cultural, and gender factors.
  10. Research and evaluation: Includes statistics, research design, the development of research and demonstration proposals, as well as the development and evaluation of program objectives.
  11. Professional, legal, and ethical: includes the study of professional counseling organizations, codes of ethics, legal considerations, standards of preparation, certification and licensure including the Ohio licensure law, and the professional role identity of counselors.

In addition, either as a part of the applicant's master degree or after the award of the degree, coursework shall include training in the following areas of instruction acceptable to the board and represented by at least one graduate course in each of the following areas:

  1. Clinical psychopathology, personality, and abnormal behavior: includes the study of abnormal behavior, personality disorders, and psychopathological conditions specific to developmental phases throughout the life span, and their application to counseling practice.
  2. Evaluation of mental and emotional status: includes the use of assessment procedures in diagnosis and treatment planning. Focuses on the administering and interpreting individual and group standardized tests of mental ability, and personality and measurement.
  3. Diagnosis of mental and emotional disorders: includes the appropriate use of the current edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders", and an understanding of the "International Classification of Diseases". Focuses on conducting mental status examinations, and on the development and recognition of a framework for identifying symptomology, etiology and psychodynamics of mental and emotional disorders.
  4. Methods of intervention and prevention of mental and emotional disorders: includes studies of the following:
    1. Psychological and educational methods of intervention, such as client-centered, psychoanalytic, hypnotherapy, rational-emotive therapy, and reality therapy.
    2. Culturally sensitive intervention techniques used with diverse populations such as minorities, children, substance abusers, gay and lesbian individuals and individuals who are physically or mentally challenged.
    3. Intervention strategies used in different situations such as marriage and family problems, crisis situations, bereavement, sex therapy, rehabilitation, child abuse and multicultural counseling.
  5. Treatment of mental and emotional disorders: includes developing and implementing a treatment plan, reporting and assessing progress of treatment, appropriate referral procedures, formulation of timelines for treatment and knowing the effect on client behavior and the interaction of psychotropic medications and mood altering chemicals in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

HU Comparison

The counseling program shall be an organized sequence of study that includes at least one graduate course in each of the following eleven areas of counselor training:

  1. Counseling theory: CN 603
  2. Counseling techniques: CN611
  3. Practicum: CN 650
  4. Internship: CN 651, CN 652
  5. Human growth and development: CN 601
  6. Social and cultural foundations: CN 605
  7. Group dynamics, processing and counseling: CN 606
  8. Life-style and career development: CN 607
  9. Appraisal of the individual: CN 604
  10. Research and evaluation: CN 608
  11. Professional, legal, and ethical: CN 602

In addition, either as a part of the applicant's master degree or after the award of the degree, coursework shall include training in the following areas of instruction acceptable to the board and represented by at least one graduate course in each of the following areas:

  1. Clinical psychopathology, personality, and abnormal behavior: CN 612
  2. Evaluation of mental and emotional status: CN 625
  3. Diagnosis of mental and emotional disorders: CN 653 (See Internship note below)
  4. Methods of intervention and prevention of mental and emotional disorders: CN 610
  5. Treatment of mental and emotional disorders: CN 649; CN 641; CN 640

Clinical Requirements

Ohio has a counselor trainee status (CT) that is not required for licensure BUT sites may require it. Students need to know this as it may impact their timing for initial Practicum and/or Internship.

  1. Practicum: includes a supervised training experience, acceptable to the board, consisting of the provision of counseling to bona fide clients, and/or groups seeking services from counselors.
    1. A practicum consists no less than one hundred hours of which forty hours are direct service that conforms to "CACREP" 2009 standards for the required number of practicum hours, if those standards exceed one hundred hours.
    2. Students, who have not completed their master's degree requirements prior to September 30, 1997, and have been enrolled in a practicum of less than one hundred hours prior to September 30, 1997, may use that course to fulfill the practicum requirement.
  2. Internship: Includes an on-the-job experience in professional counseling acceptable to the board.
    1. The supervised internship shall be no less than six hundred hours of which two hundred forty hours shall be in direct services, which include the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders and conditions.
    2. First-time applicants who are intending to use the internship experience to meet the educational requirements of the board shall document their internship experience on a form prescribed by the board. The form shall be completed by the supervisor or supervisors and shall document the student's competency in all areas designated on the form. The form shall be completed and submitted by the student within thirty days of the successful completion of the internship.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE)

Additional Licensure Items: Internship Supervisior Evaluation Rating Form (until we are CACREP accredited); Ohio has an entire non-CACREP accredited program licensure application - https://cswmft.ohio.gov/Counselors/LPC/LPC-Inst-CACREP/Non-CACREP-Inst

Date of Last Revision

March 7, 2022

Oklahoma

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/

Licensing Requirements:

https://www.ok.gov/behavioralhealth/ACADEMIC_REQUIREMENTS_-_LPC.html#:~:text=In%20order%20to%20qualify%20for,including%20internship%2C%20must%20be%20earned.

Contact Information:

State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure (BBHL)
3815 N. Santa Fe, Suite 110
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 522-3696
Fax: (405) 522-3691
Email: Info.BehavioralHealth@bbhl.ok.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

All of your graduate course work needed to meet the academic requirements must be awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Degrees:
In order to qualify for LPC licensure you must have at least a master’s degree in counseling or a mental health degree that is substantially content-equivalent.

At least sixty (60) semester credit hours or ninety (90) quarter credit hours of graduate counseling-related course work, including internship, must be earned.

In order to be considered acceptable, your graduate degree(s) must follow a planned, sequenced mental health program. Your program must be reflected in the university catalog and approved by the governing authority of the college or university. The primary focus of the program must clearly prepare the applicant for a career in counseling. The college or university catalog must also list the core courses from the knowledge areas listed below (at least five (5) of the sixteen (16) knowledge areas must be included).

Content Area Requirements:

You must have at least one (1) or more courses of at least three (3) semester credit hours or four (4) quarter credit hours per course in each of the following core counseling areas:

  • Human growth and development – at least one (1) course which deals with the process stages of human intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of any of the stages of life from prenatal through old age.
  • Abnormal human behavior – at least one (1) course that offers a study of the principles of understanding dysfunction in human behavior or social disorganization.
  • Appraisal/assessment techniques – at least two (2) courses which deal with the principles, concepts and procedures of systematic appraisal, assessment, or interpretation of client needs, abilities, and characteristics, which may include the use of both testing and non-testing approaches.
  • Counseling theories/methods – at least two (2) courses which survey the major theories and/or techniques of counseling.
  • Professional orientation/ethics – at least one (1) course which deals primarily with the objectives of professional counseling organizations, codes of ethics, legal aspects of practice, standards of preparation and the role of persons providing direct counseling services.
  • Research – at least one (1) course in the methods of social science or mental health research which includes the study of statistics or a thesis project in an area relevant to the practice of counseling.
  • Practicum/internship – at least one (1) course of an organized practicum with at least three hundred (300) clock hours in counseling with planned experiences providing classroom and field experience with clients under the supervision of college or university approved counseling professionals.

Elective Courses:

You must have at least five (5) courses of at least three (3) semester credit hours each or four (4) quarter credit hours each from the knowledge areas.

The knowledge areas are listed below:

  • Group Dynamics
  • Life style and career development
  • Social and cultural foundations
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Counseling with children/adolescents
  • Gerontology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Personality theories
  • Crisis intervention
  • Marriage/family counseling
  • Clinical supervision
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Consultation
  • Physical and emotional health
  • Grief Counseling

HU Comparison:

  • Group Dynamics: CN 606
  • Life style and career development: CN 607
  • Social and cultural foundations: CN 605
  • Addictions Counseling: CN 641
  • Rehabilitation Counseling:
  • Counseling with children/adolescents: CN 643
  • Gerontology: CN 644
  • Human Sexuality: CN 645
  • Personality theories: CN 610, CN 611, CN 601
  • Crisis intervention: CN 649
  • Marriage/family counseling: CN 640
  • Clinical supervision: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652
  • Psychopharmacology: CN 646
  • Consultation:
  • Physical and emotional health: CN 610, CN 611
  • Grief Counseling: CN 649
    1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
    2. Abnormal Human Behavior: CN 610, CN 611
    3. Appraisal/Assessment Techniques: CN 604
    4. Counseling theories/Methods: CN 603
    5. Professional Orientation and Ethics: CN 602
    6. Research: CN 608
    7. Practicum/Internship: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

In addition to the coursework listed above, LPC licensure in Oklahoma also requires the completion of a practicum, also sometimes referred to as an internship. This must be at least 300 clock hours long, with planned experiences providing classroom and field experience with clients under the supervision of college- or university-appointed counseling professionals. LPC licensure in Oklahoma requires three years or 3,000 clock hours of full-time supervision. For each 1,000 hours of supervision, at least 350 must be in face-to-face client contact. There must also be at least 45 minutes of direction from an approved supervisor for every 20 hours of on-the-job experience, with no more than half of all supervisor direction in a group setting. Before pursuing supervised counseling hours, applicants must first submit an application, verification of Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Exam passing score, a supervision agreement, statement of professional disclosure, and an on-site supervisor verification form.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) and the Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Examination (OLERE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 18, 2022

 

Oregon

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://www.oregon.gov/oblpct/Pages/index.aspx

Licensing Requirements

https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/displayDivisionRules.action?selectedDivision=3732

Contact Information

OBLPCT

3218 Pringle Road SE, Ste. 120

Salem, OR 97302

Phone: 503-378-5499

lpct.board@mhra.oregon.gov

Accreditation Requirements

To qualify for licensure as a professional counselor under ORS 675.715(1)(b), an applicant must hold a graduate degree from one of the following:

  1. A counseling program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as of the date the degree was conferred
  2. A counseling program approved by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) as of the date the degree was conferred
  3. A program at an institution of higher learning that was accredited by a regional accrediting agency as of the date the degree was conferred

Content Area Requirements

  1. At least two years in duration, including at least:
    1. 60 semester credit hours or 90 quarter credit hours (for graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014).
  2. At least two semester credit hours or three credit quarter hours in each of the following areas:
    1. Counseling Theory - Studies of basic theories, principles and techniques of counseling and their application to professional counseling clinical settings.
    2. Human Growth and Development- Studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, from birth to old age.
    3. Social and Cultural Foundations- Studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a diverse society. Includes such factors as culture, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical characteristics, family values, education, religious and spiritual values, socio-economics status, etc.
    4. The Helping Relationship- Studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultant characteristics that influence the helping process (age, gender, ethnic factors, etc.); essential interview and counseling skills to develop a therapeutic relationship, set goals, maintain boundaries, evaluate client outcome, and terminate.
    5. Group Dynamics Processing and Counseling- Studies of theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, counseling theories and methods.
    6. Lifestyle and Career Development- Studies of the career counseling process, techniques and resources as well as career development.
    7. Diagnosis & Appraisal of Individuals - Studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to diagnosis using DSM, assessment and evaluation (standardized and non-standardized testing, performance assessment, individual and group test and inventory methods). Diagnosis training is mandatory.
    8. Research and Evaluation- Studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment and program evaluation.
    9. Professional Orientation (Ethics)- Studies of the following aspects of professional functioning: history and philosophy of the counseling profession; professional roles and relationships with other human service providers, credentialing, advocacy processes, ethical and legal considerations in professional counseling.
  3. At least 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of supporting coursework for specialty areas; and (i.e. 4 more classes)
  4. A supervised clinical practicum or internship experience that:
    1. Included at least 700 total clock hours, including 280 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014
    2. Had supervisory staff with a minimum of a master's degree in the program emphasis and with pertinent professional experience
    3. Made provision for faculty monitoring of operations
    4. Kept records of student-client contact hours including summary of student progress by the supervisor
    5. Had a written agreement with the program and student specifying learning objectives
    6. Had a mechanism for program evaluation

HU Comparison

  1. Counseling Theory: CN 603 
  2. Human Growth and Lifespan Development: CN 601
  3. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  4. Helping Relationship: CN 611
  5. Group Dynamics: CN 606
  6. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  7. Diagnosis and Appraisal of Individuals: CN 604
  8. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  9. Professional Orientation: CN 602
  10. Clinical/Applied Experience: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652, or CN653
  11. Supporting Coursework: 16 hours of additional coursework/electives - CN 612; CN 612 (i.e. CN 649; CN 640; CN 641)

Clinical Requirements

Oregon has a way for students to register with the state as an intern and gather hours during internship. This information must be submitted prior to accruing hours.

  1. A supervised clinical practicum or internship experience that:
  2. Included at least 700 total clock hours, including 280 direct client contact hours, for graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014

Clinical Experience Requirements: http://www.oregon.gov/oblpct/Pages/experience.aspx

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) or the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Exam or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)

Additional Information

Coursework Descriptions

Date of Last Revision

February 18, 2022

Pennsylvania

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/SocialWorkersMarriageanFamilyTherapistsandProfessionalCounselors/Pages/default.aspx

Licensing Requirements

https://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter49/s49.13.html

Contact Information

General Office
st-socialwork@pa.gov

Mailing Address
State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Physical Address
One Penn Center
2601 N. 3rd Street 
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Phone: 717-783-1389
Fax: 717-787-7769

Accreditation Requirements

Graduate degree in counseling (or a related field) from an accredited education institution; 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of coursework. 

Content Area Requirements

Two semester hours in each of the following areas (HU offers 3 hours per course):

  1. Human growth and development
  2. Social and cultural foundations
  3. Helping relationships
  4. Group work
  5. Career and lifestyle development 
  6. Appraisal
  7. Research and program evaluation
  8. Professional Orientation
  9. Practicum: 100 hours
  10. Internship: 600 hours

HU Comparison

  1. Human growth and development: CN 601
  2. Social and cultural foundations: CN 605
  3. Helping relationships: CN 603, CN611
  4. Group work: CN 606
  5. Career and lifestyle development: CN 607
  6. Appraisal: CN 604
  7. Research and program evaluation: CN 608
  8. Professional Orientation: CN 602
  9. Practicum (100 hours): CN 650
  10. Internship (600 hours): CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements

Pennsylvania requires aspiring LPCs to complete a number of hours of supervision in relation to their degree. Master’s degree-holders must complete 3,000 hours of supervision, while those with doctoral degrees must obtain a minimum of 2,400 — at least 1,200 post degree.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

NCE Multiple exams accepted, National Counseling Exam (NCE) is the best option for HU graduates.

Additional Information

Application link

Date of Last Revision

February 18, 2022

Rhode Island

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

 

South Carolina

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://llr.sc.gov/cou/

Licensing Requirements

http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Counselors/PDFS/Laws/2006Regulations.pdf

Contact Information

Synergy Business Park
Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, S.C. 29210
Phone: 803-896-4658
counselor@llr.sc.gov

Accreditation Requirements

Licensure as a professional counselor in South Carolina requires the completion of a master’s or doctoral degree of at least 60 graduate semester hours in counseling or a related discipline from a college or university accredited by the Commission on the Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada or one of their regional associations.

Content Area Requirements

  1. Human Growth and Development: Studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, normal and abnormal human behavior, personality theory, and learning theory within cultural contexts
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations: Studies that provide an understanding of societal changes and trends, human roles, societal subgroups, social mores and interaction patterns, and differing lifestyles
  3. The Helping Relationship: Studies that provide an understanding of philosophic bases of helping processes, counseling theories and their applications, helping skills, consultation theories and applications, helping skills, consultation theories and applications, helper self-understanding and self-development, and facilitation of client or consultee change
  4. Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling: Studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics and counseling theories; group leadership styles; group counseling methods and skills and other group approaches
  5. Lifestyle and Career Development: Studies that provide understanding of career development theories, occupational and educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling, guidance, and education; lifestyle and career decision making and career development program planning; resources, and evaluation
  6. Appraisal of Individuals: Studies that provide an understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal, data and information gathering methods, validity and reliability; psychometric statistics, factors influencing appraisals and use of appraisal results in helping processes
  7. Research and Evaluation: Studies that provide an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, research report development, research implementation, program evaluation, needs assessment, and ethical and legal considerations
  8. Professional Orientation: Studies that provide an understanding of professional roles and functions, professional goals and objectives, professional organizations and associations, professional history and trends, ethical and legal standards, professional preparation standards, and professional credentialing
  9. Psychopathology: Studies that provide an understanding of psychopathology, abnormal psychology, abnormal behavior, etiology dynamics, and treatment of abnormal behavior
  10. Diagnostics of Psychopathology: Studies that provide an understanding of the diagnostics of Psychopathology (study includes DSM)
  11. Practicum

HU Comparison

  1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  3. The Helping Relationship: CN 611
  4. Group Dynamics, Processing, and Counseling: CN 606
  5. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  6. Appraisal of Individuals: CN 604
  7. Research and Evaluation: CN 608
  8. Professional Orientation: CN 602
  9. Psychopathology: CN 603
  10. Diagnostics of Psychopathology: CN 612 
  11. Practicum: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements

Practicum: A minimum of 150-hour Supervised Counseling Practicum is required to provide supervised field placement(s) in an appropriate counseling setting and for academic credit as part of the degree program. 

Please note: If, as a licensed professional counselor intern, an applicant would like to assess and treat the more problems as categorized in standard nomenclature, they must have a practicum that dealt directly with the assessment and treatment of the more serious problems as well as a 600 hour internship dealing with the more serious problems as part of the degree program. South Carolina requires Licensed Professional Counselor Interns (LPCI) to complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of supervision in no less than two years. This must include 1,500 hours of direct client contact and a minimum of 150 hours of direction from an approved supervisor, of which at least 100 hours must be individual supervision (as opposed to group supervision).

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE)

Date of Last Revision

March 7, 2022

South Dakota

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=228

Licensing Requirements:

https://rules.sos.ri.gov/regulations/part/216-40-05-11

Contact Information:

Department of Health

3 Capitol Hill

Providence, RI 02908

Email us

Phone: 401-222-5960

Accreditation Requirements:

Licensure as a clinical mental health counselor in Rhode Island requires the completion of a 60 semester-hour master’s or doctoral degree in counseling or a closely related field from an educational institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges or an equivalent regional accrediting agency. Alternatively, a graduate degree from recognized educational institution which meets the coursework criteria listed below may be acceptable.

Content Area Requirements:

Appropriate degree programs will include instruction in each of the following core content areas for the respective number of credits:

  1. Helping relationships and counseling theory - Nine Credits
  2. Human growth and development - Three Credits
  3. Social and cultural foundations: - Three Credits
  4. Group Counseling - Three Credits
  5. Lifestyle and career development - Three Credits
  6. Appraisal - Three Credits
  7. Research and program evaluation - Three Credits
  8. Professional orientation - Three Credits
  9. Electives: (Courses may reflect a specialization area, or add knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary studies)

HU Comparison:

  1. Helping relationships and counseling theory - Nine Credits: CN 603, CN 611
  2. Human growth and development - Three Credits: CN 601
  3. Social and cultural foundations: - Three Credits: CN 605
  4. Group Counseling - Three Credits: CN 606
  5. Lifestyle and career development - Three Credits: CN 607
  6. Appraisal - Three Credits: CN 604
  7. Research and program evaluation - Three Credits: CN 608
  8. Professional orientation - Three Credits: CN 602
  9. Electives: (Courses may reflect a specialization area, or add knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary studies): CN 642, CN 643, CN 644, CN 645, CN 646

Clinical Requirements:

LCMHC licensure in Rhode Island also requires the completion of a 12 semester-hour practicum and a one-year internship consisting of at least 20 hours per week. This is a distinct requirement from post-graduate supervision, which is also necessary for LCMHC licensure in Rhode Island. Rhode Island requires aspiring LCMHCs to complete two years of supervision, with at least 2,000 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of direction from an approved supervisor.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

Successfully completes the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) or other examination approved by the Board.

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 18, 2022

Tennessee

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/pcmft-board/pcmft-board/licensure.html

Licensing Requirements

https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/pcmft-board/pcmft-board/licensure.html

Contact Information

General Customer Service
665 Mainstream Drive
2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (local): 615-741-5735
Phone (nationwide): 1-800-778-4123
unit1hrb.health@tn.gov

Accreditation Requirements

60 graduate semester hours, based upon a program of studies with a major in counseling, completed from an institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), or a comparable accrediting body.

Content Area Requirements

The graduate coursework should include, but is not limited to, core areas of (one course may satisfy study in more than one of the study areas):

  1. Behavior, learning and personality theories
  2. Psychopathology and Abnormal behavior
  3. Counseling and psychotherapy theories
  4. Group dynamics, theories and techniques
  5. Evaluation and appraisal procedures
  6. Treatment and treatment planning
  7. Multicultural counseling
  8. Use of the DSM
  9. Ethics
  10. Research
  11. Clinical practicum/internship 500 hours/300 in a community agency/mental health setting.

Pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-22-120, a minimum of nine (9) graduate semester hours of coursework must be “specifically related to diagnosis, treatment, appraisal, and assessment of mental disorders.” This will be interpreted to mean passing nine (9) semester hours, either during the course of a graduate degree or as post-graduate work, in courses in which diagnosis, treatment and treatment planning, appraisal and assessment of mental disorders, psychopathology, and the use of the DSM were the entire focus of the course or comprised a substantial portion of the course work.

HU Comparison

  1. Theories of human behavior, learning and personality: CN 601
  2. Abnormal behavior: CN 612
  3. Theories of counseling and psychotherapy: CN 603
  4. Evaluation and appraisal procedures: CN 604
  5. Group dynamics, theories and techniques: CN 606
  6. Counseling techniques: CN 611
  7. Multicultural counseling: CN 605
  8. Ethics: CN 602
  9. Research: CN 608
  10. Clinical practicum or internship: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Nine (9) graduate semester hours of coursework must be specifically related to diagnosis, treatment, appraisal, and assessment of mental diagnosis: CN 604; CN 603; CN 612

Clinical Requirements

Clinical requirements during graduate studies: minimum of 500 hours, 300 of which must be at a mental health or community agency setting. For licensure post-graduation requirements, a minimum of two (2) years of supervised post-master professional experience consisting of not less than ten (10) hours per week and fifty (50) contact hours of supervision per year as defined by Rule 0450-01- .10 (1)(d). One thousand (1000) total clinical hours and one hundred (100) total hours of supervision.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) and Tennessee Jurisprudence Exam. Students must have approval before taking exam. Students must have approval before taking exam. 

Date of Last Revision

February 18, 2022

 

Texas

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://www.bhec.texas.gov/

Licensing Requirements

https://texreg.sos.state.tx.us/public/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=4&ti=22&pt=30&ch=681

Contact Information

Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council
333 Guadalupe St., Ste. 3-900
Austin, Texas 78701
Main Line (512) 305-7700
Investigations/Complaints 24-hour, toll-free system (800) 821-3205

Accreditation Requirements

A 60-hour master's or doctoral degree in counseling or a counseling-related field from an accredited college or university. 

Content Area Requirements

Applicants must obtain academic course work in each of the following areas:

  1. Normal human growth and development
  2. Abnormal human behavior
  3. Appraisal or assessment techniques
  4. Counseling theories
  5. Counseling methods or techniques (individual and group)
  6. Research
  7. Lifestyle and career development
  8. Social, cultural and family issues
  9. Professional orientation
  10. Practicum

As of August 1, 2017, the following courses to meet the 60-hour requirement shall include:

  1. Addictions counseling: to include but not limited to gambling, sexual, eating, alcohol, or drug.
  2. Additional course in counselor ethics: to include records management, an overview of business/family law and professional practice and the study of current board rule.
  3. Couples, marriage, or families.
  4. A course in psychopathology to include such content as criteria of psychiatric diagnosis, use of the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the theories of psychopathology. The course should also include the basic knowledge of types of psychopharmacological medications.

HU Comparison

  1. Normal human growth and development: CN 601
  2. Abnormal human behavior: CN612
  3. Appraisal or assessment techniques: CN 604
  4. Counseling theories: CN 603
  5. Counseling methods or techniques (individual and group): CN 611 & CN 606
  6. Research: CN 608
  7. Lifestyle and career development: CN 607
  8. Social, cultural and family issues: CN 605
  9. Professional orientation: CN 602
  10. Practicum: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

As of August 1, 2017, the following courses to meet the 60-hour requirement shall include:

  1. Addictions counseling: CN 641
  2. Additional course in counselor ethics: CN 610
  3. Couples, marriage, or families: CN 640
  4. A course in psychopathology: CN 612

Clinical Requirements:

CN 650; CN 651; CN 652

As part of the graduate program, a supervised practicum experience that is primarily counseling in nature. The practicum should be at least 300 clock-hours with at least 100 clock-hours of direct client contact. Academic credit for the practicum must appear on the applicant's transcript.  Texas requires LPCs to complete 3,000 hours of supervision in a minimum of 18 months, with at least 1,500 hours of client contact under the direction of an approved supervisor.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) and Texas Jurisprudence Exam. Students must have approval before taking exam.

Students must have approval before taking exam.

Date of Last Revision

February 18, 2022

 

Utah

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://dopl.utah.gov/cmhc/

Licensing Requirements:

https://adminrules.utah.gov/public/search/R156-60c-101./Current%20Rules

Contact Information:

For general licensing questions call or email:

(801) 530-6628
(866) 275-3675 Toll-Free in Utah
b3@utah.gov

Bureau Manager

Jennifer Falkenrath — jzaelit@utah.gov

Board Secretary

Vacant — b3@utah.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

Licensure as a mental health counselor in Utah requires the completion of a master’s or doctorate degree in clinical mental health counseling or counselor education and supervision from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Appropriate degree programs will be at least 60 semester hours in length.

Content Area Requirements:

  1. Professional orientation and ethical practice
  2. Social and cultural diversity
  3. Group counseling and group work
  4. Human growth and development
  5. Career development
  6. Counseling and helping relationships
  7. Substance-related and addictive disorders
  8. Assessment and testing
  9. Mental status examination and the appraisal of DSM maladaptive and 2 psychopathological behavior
  10. Research and program evaluation

Additional coursework includes:

  1. Helping relationships for six semester hours
  2. Assessment of mental status for four semester hours
  3. Internship for four semester hours

HU Comparison:

  1. Professional orientation and ethical practice: CN 602
  2. Social and cultural diversity: CN 605
  3. Group counseling and group work: CN 606
  4. Human growth and development: CN 601
  5. Career development: CN 607
  6. Counseling and helping relationships: CN 603, CN 611, CN 610
  7. Substance-related and addictive disorders: CN 641
  8. Assessment and testing: CN 604
  9. Mental status examination and the appraisal of DSM maladaptive and 2 psychopathological behavior: CN 612
  10. Research and program evaluation: CN 608

Additional coursework includes:

  1. Helping relationships for six semester hours: CN 603, CN 611
  2. Assessment of mental status for four semester hours: CN 604
  3. Internship for four semester hours: CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

In addition to the coursework listed above, Utah LCMHC licensure also requires the completion of an internship or practicum at least four semester hours in length. This must include a minimum of 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training, of which at least 400 hours must be in providing mental health counseling directly to clients. Utah requires LCMHCs to complete 4,000 hours of supervision in no less than two years.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE).

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 18, 2022

Vermont

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

 

Virginia

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/

Licensing Requirements

https://www.dhp.virginia.gov/Forms/counseling/LPC/LPC_Licensure_Process_Handbook.pdf

Contact Information

General Customer Service
Perimeter Center 
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463
Phone: 804-367-4610
Fax: (804) 767-6225
coun@dhp.virginia.gov

Accreditation Requirements

The regulations require you complete 60 graduate hours or 90 quarter hours of graduate study in counseling from a CACREP or CORE accredited program or a regionally accredited college or university that prepares individuals to practice counseling as defined by the Code of Virginia.

Content Area Requirements

Additionally, these 60 graduate hours or 90 quarter hours must include the following core content areas:

  1. Professional counseling identity, function and ethics: This course provides a foundation in professional counselor identity and ethical practice, including the study of the history and philosophy of the counseling profession, professional counselor function and credentialing and ethical standards for practice in the counseling profession.
  2. Theories of counseling and psychotherapy - This course provides an overview of the basic tenets and applications of currently preferred theories of counseling and psychotherapy including the study of humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and post-modern theoretical orientations.
  3. Counseling and psychotherapy techniques: This course provides a didactic and experiential overview of basic techniques used in the counseling process including establishing the counseling relationship, setting treatment goals, applying listening and interviewing skills, initiating termination and referral, and recognizing parameters and limitations of the treatment process.
  4. Human growth and development: This course provides an overview of contemporary theoretical perspectives regarding the nature of developmental needs and tasks from infancy through late adulthood, the influences of development on mental health and dysfunction and the promotion of healthy development across human life span.
  5. Group counseling and psychotherapy, theories and techniques: This course provides a didactic and experiential overview of group counseling process and dynamics, contemporary group counseling theories, and group counseling leadership skills including group selection, group formation, group interventions and group evaluation.
  6. Career counseling and development theories and techniques: This course provides an overview of career development and counseling including study of factors influencing career development, contemporary theories of career decision-making, career assessment and group and individual career counseling techniques.
  7. Appraisal, evaluation and diagnostic procedures: This course introduces students to the selection, administration; scoring and interpretation of contemporary psychological assessments used by professional counselors and includes the study of formal and information assessment procedures, basic test statistics, test validity and reliability, and the use of test findings in the counseling process.
  8. Abnormal behavior and psychopathology: This course provides students with an overview of the major categories of mental disorders including study of their etiology and progression, their prevalence and impact on individuals and society, their diagnosis according the DSM-V and the use of diagnosis in treatment planning and counseling intervention.
  9. Multicultural counseling, theories and techniques: This course provides students with an overview of the diverse social and cultural contexts that influence counseling relationships (e.g., culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, SES, sexual orientation) including the study of current issues and trends in a multicultural society, contemporary theories of multicultural counseling, the impact of oppression and privilege on individuals and groups and personal awareness of cultural assumptions and biases.
  10. Research: This course provides students with an overview of the principles and processes of performing counseling research including the study of quantitative and qualitative research designs and methods, methods of statistical analysis used in research, and reading and interpreting research results.
  11. Diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders: This course provides students with an overview of addictive disorders including the study of contemporary theories of addictive behavior, pharmacological classification of addictive substances, assessment of addictive disorders and currently preferred models of addictions treatment.
  12. Marriage and family systems theory: This course provides students with an overview of counseling with couples and families include the study of the rationale for family therapy intervention, the dynamics of general systems theory, the states of family life-cycle development, and contemporary theories of family therapy intervention.
  13. Supervised internship of at least 600 hours to include 240 hours of face-to-face direct client contact.

HU Comparison

  1. Professional counseling identity, function and ethics: CN 602 and CN 610
  2. Theories of counseling and psychotherapy: CN 603
  3. Counseling and psychotherapy techniques: CN 611
  4. Human growth and development: CN 601
  5. Group counseling and psychotherapy, theories and techniques: CN 606
  6. Career counseling and development theories and techniques: CN 607
  7. Appraisal, evaluation and diagnostic procedures: CN 604
  8. Abnormal behavior and psychopathology: CN 612
  9. Multicultural counseling, theories and techniques: CN 605
  10. Research: CN 608
  11. Diagnosis and treatment of addictive disorders: CN 641
  12. Marriage and family systems theory: CN 640
  13. Supervised internship: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements

Supervised internship (called residency per VA tems) of at least 600 hours to include 240 hours of face-to-face direct client contact. Students could submit to have practicum/internship count towards licesure with prior approval, but student must be aware before practicum begins.  Virginia requires LPCs to complete 3,400 hours of supervision, with at least 2,000 hours of direct client contact and a minimum of 200 hours of face-to-face direction from an approved supervisor at a rate of at least one hour of direction for every 40 hours of practice.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)

Date of Last Revision

February 22, 2022

Washington

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Counselor Associate | DOH (wa.gov)

Licensing Requirements:

Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Counselor Associate | DOH (wa.gov)

Contact Information:

Accreditation Requirements:

Applicants must have a master's or doctoral degree in mental health counseling or a behavioral science master's or doctoral degree in a field relating to mental health counseling. The department must receive an official transcript with degree and date posted from applicant's program. Transcripts not in English must have an official translation.

Content Area Requirements:

 This core of study must include seven content areas from the entire list in subsections (1) through (17) of this section, five of which must be from content areas in subsections (1) through (8) of this subsection:

  1. Assessment/diagnosis
  2. Ethics/law
  3. Counseling individuals
  4. Counseling groups
  5. Counseling couples and families
  6. Developmental psychology
  7. Psychopathology/abnormal psychology
  8. Research and evaluation
  9. Career development counseling
  10. Multicultural concerns
  11. Substance/chemical abuse
  12. Physiological psychology
  13. Organizational psychology
  14. Mental health consultation
  15. Developmentally disabled people
  16. Abusive relationships
  17. Chronically mentally ill

And additional instruction in two of the following content areas:

  1. Career development counseling
  2. Multicultural concerns
  3. Substance/chemical abuse
  4. Physiological psychology
  5. Organizational psychology
  6. Mental health consultation
  7. Developmentally disabled persons
  8. Abusive relationships
  9. Chronically mentally ill

HU Comparison:

  1. Assessment/diagnosis: CN 604
  2. Ethics/law: CN 602
  3. Counseling individuals: CN 603, CN 610, CN 611
  4. Counseling groups: CN 606
  5. Counseling couples and families; CN 640
  6. Developmental psychology: CN 601
  7. Psychopathology/abnormal psychology: CN 612
  8. Research and evaluation: CN 608
  9. Career development counseling: CN 607
  10. Multicultural concerns: CN 605
  11. Substance/chemical abuse: CN 641
  12. Physiological psychology:
  13. Organizational psychology
  14. Mental health consultation; CN 610, CN 611
  15. Developmentally disabled people;
  16. Abusive relationships;
  17. Chronically mentally ill

And additional instruction in two of the following content areas:

  1. Career development counseling: CN 607
  2. Multicultural concerns: CN 605
  3. Substance/chemical abuse: CN 641
  4. Physiological psychology
  5. Organizational psychology
  6. Mental health consultation: CN 610, CN 611
  7. Developmentally disabled persons
  8. Abusive relationships
  9. Chronically mentally ill

Clinical Requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum of 36 months of full-time counseling or 3,000 hours of postgraduate mental health counseling under the supervision of an approved licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner in an approved setting.

At least 100 hours must be in immediate supervision with an approved licensed mental health counselor or equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner.

At least 1,200 hours must be direct counseling with individuals, couples, groups or families.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Exam (NCE) or  National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE).

Additional Information:

https://doh.wa.gov/licenses-permits-and-certificates/professions-new-renew-or-update/mental-health-counselor/frequently-asked-questions

Date of Last Revision:

February 22, 2022

Washington, D.C.

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://dchealth.dc.gov/service/professional-counseling-licensing

Licensing Requirements:

https://doh.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/doh/publication/attachments/Professional%20Counseling%20Application%20Instructions_Updated%203-6-2015.pdf

Contact Information:

899 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 442-5955
Fax: (202) 442-4795
TTY: 711
Email: doh@dc.gov

Accreditation Requirements:

LPC licensure in Washington, D.C. requires the completion of a master’s degree or higher in counseling or a related subject from an institution of higher education accredited by the Secretary of the United States Department of Education and the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation. Appropriate degree programs will be 60 semester hours in length.

Content Area Requirements:

Appropriate degree programs will be 60 semester hours in length and include instruction in all of the following core content areas:

  1. Counseling Theory and Practice
  2. Human Growth and Development
  3. Lifestyle and Career Development
  4. Group Counseling
  5. Appraisal, Assessment and Testing of Individuals
  6. Principles of Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Prevention of Mental and Emotional Disorders and Dysfunctional Behavior
  7. Social and Cultural Foundations
  8. Marriage and Family Counseling
  9. Research and Program Evaluation
  10. Professional Orientation and Ethics
  11. Counseling practicum or internship

HU Comparison:

  1. Counseling Theory and Practice: CN 603
  2. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  3. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  4. Group Counseling: CN 606
  5. Appraisal, Assessment and Testing of Individuals: CN 603, CN 611
  6. Principles of Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Prevention of Mental and Emotional Disorders and Dysfunctional Behavior; Cn 612
  7. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  8. Marriage and Family Counseling: CN 640
  9. Research and Program Evaluation: CN 608
  10. Professional Orientation and Ethics: CN 602
  11. Counseling practicum or internship: CN 650, CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

 LPC licensure in Washington, D.C. requires the completion of 3,500 hours of supervision in no less than two years and no more than five. At least 200 of those hours must be under the immediate direction of an approved supervisor at a rate of one hour of direction for every 35 hours of practice, with a minimum of 100 hours of individual supervision (as opposed to group supervision).

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE)

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 22, 2022

 

West Virginia

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely, may need some electives.

Website:

https://wvbec.org/

Licensing Requirements:

https://wvbec.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/LPC-Licensing-Rule-Series-1_IN-2832.pdf

Contact Information:

Phone: 304-558-5494
Email: cheryl.j.henry@wv.gov
Service Area: West Virginia
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Address: 815 Quarrier Street, Suite 212 Charleston, WV 25301

Accreditation Requirements:

Licensure as a professional counselor in West Virginia requires the completion of a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling from an institution accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, National Council on Accreditation for Teacher Education, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Council on Rehabilitation Education, or a comparable accrediting body.

Content Area Requirements:

Appropriate degree programs will be 60 semester hours of graduate coursework with a minimum of three semester hours in each of the following content areas:

  1. Counseling theories
  2. Counseling techniques
  3. Human growth and development
  4. Social and cultural foundations
  5. Individual appraisal
  6. Professional responsibilities
  7. Principles of etiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior
  8. Addictions counseling
  9. Group dynamics
  10. Lifestyle and career development
  11. Marriage, couples, or family counseling
  12. Research and evaluation
  13. Supervised practicum
  14. Supervised internship

Additional required elective coursework should be in:

  1. Human sexuality
  2. Psychopharmacology
  3. Crisis intervention
  4. Biological basis of behavior
  5. Counseling special populations
  6. Rehabilitation counseling
  7. Counseling interventions
  8. Additional or advanced courses in any required curriculum category listed in section 6.1.b.1 through 14

HU Comparison:

  1. Counseling theories: CN 603, CN 610
  2. Counseling techniques: CN 611
  3. Human growth and development: CN 601
  4. Social and cultural foundations: CN 605
  5. Individual appraisal: CN 603, CN 611
  6. Professional responsibilities: CN 602
  7. Principles of etiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior: CN 604
  8. Addictions counseling: CN 641
  9. Group dynamics: CN 606
  10. Lifestyle and career development: CN 607
  11. Marriage, couples, or family counseling: CN 640
  12. Research and evaluation: CN 608
  13. Supervised practicum: CN 650
  14. Supervised internship: CN 651, CN 652

Additional required elective coursework should be in:

  1. Human sexuality: CN 645
  2. Psychopharmacology: CN 464
  3. Crisis intervention: CN 649
  4. Biological basis of behavior:
  5. Counseling special populations
  6. Rehabilitation counseling
  7. Counseling interventions

Clinical Requirements:

In addition to the coursework listed above, LPC licensure in West Virginia also requires the completion of a supervised practicum and internship. LPC licensure in West Virginia requires the completion of 3,000 hours of supervision for holders of master’s degrees and 1,500 hours for holders of doctorate degrees. At least 50 percent of those hours must be in direct client contact, and there should be one hour of supervised direction from an approved supervisor for every 20 hours of practice.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE) or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Exam.

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 22, 2022

Wisconsin

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely

Website

https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/LPC/Default.aspx

Licensing Requirements

https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/mpsw/14/01

Contact Information

Professional Counselor Section
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Service
PO Box 8366
Madison, WI 53708-8366
Phone: 608-266-2112
dsps@wi.gov

Shipping Address: 
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705

Accreditation Requirements

Complete a 60-hour Graduate Degree in professional counseling or an equivalent degree approved by Professional Counselor Section. 

Note that HU will apply to be an Approved Educational Program in Wisconsin.

Content Area Requirements

At least 6 semester hours or 8 quarter hours academic credit in a supervised internship counseling experience that provides documented proof of a minimum of 600 hours of supervised internship experience with at least 240 hours of face-to-face client contact. The internship experience includes evaluation of the student's counseling performance throughout the internship and one hour per week of individual or triadic supervision throughout the internship performed by the onsite or field supervisor. The internship experience further includes an average of 1 1/2 hours per week of group supervision that is provided on a regular schedule throughout the internship by a program faculty member or a student supervisor. 

At least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours academic credit in a counseling theory or counseling approaches course that provides documented evidence that the student has been exposed to a variety of theoretical models that are consistent with current research and practice in the field. Courses covering only a single or specific counseling theory will not be sufficient for meeting this educational criterion. 

At least 3 credit hours in each of the following areas.

  1. Human growth and development.' Studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels; normal and abnormal human behavior; personality theory; theories of individual and family development and transitions; theories for facilitating optimal development and wellness across the life span; and learning theory within appropriate cultural contexts. Courses that focus on only one lifespan developmental level will not count in fulfilling this criterion.
  2. Social and cultural foundations.' Studies that provide a broad understanding of societal changes and trends; human roles; societal subgroups, social mores and interaction patterns; counselors' roles in developing cultural self-awareness; promoting cultural social justice, advocacy and conflict resolution, and other culturally supported behaviors that promote optimal wellness and growth of the human spirit, mind, or body; counselors' roles in eliminating biases, prejudices, and processes of intentional and unintentional oppression and discrimination; and differing lifestyles.
  3. Helping relationship.' Studies that provide a broad understanding and practical application of helping processes, basic and advanced helping skills; consultation theories and their applications; client and helper self-understanding and self-development; and facilitation of client or consultee changes. An applicant's official transcript must reflect successful completion of a course addressing counseling process, skills, and intervention techniques.
  4. Group dynamics processing and counseling.' Studies that provide a broad understanding of group development, dynamics, and group counseling theories; group leadership styles; basic and advanced group counseling methods and skills; and other group approaches.
  5. Lifestyle and career development.' Studies that provide a broad understanding of career development theories; occupational and educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling, guidance and education; lifestyle and career decision making; career development program planning and resources; and effectiveness evaluation.
  6. Assessment and testing.' Studies that provide a broad understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal; data and information gathering methods, validity and reliability; psychometric statistics; factors influencing appraisals; social and cultural factors related to the assessment; and evaluation of individuals, groups and specific populations and use of appraisals to enhance helping processes.
  7. Research and evaluation.' Studies that provide a broad understanding of types of research; basic statistics; research report development; research implementation; program evaluation; needs assessment; publication of research information; and ethical and legal considerations.
  8. Professional counseling orientation.' Studies that provide a broad understanding of professional counselor roles and functions; professional goals and objectives; professional organizations and associations; professional history and trends; ethical and legal standards; professional preparation standards; and professional credentialing. The American Counseling Association (ACA) or the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) must have been the primary professional identity organization discussed and the ACA Code of Ethics or CRCC Code of Professional Ethics for Rehabilitation counselors must have been used as the primary professional conduct guide and prominently identified as such in the orientation course syllabus. 

At least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours in one of the following:

  1. Foundations of clinical mental health counseling.' If the academic program has an emphasis in mental health counseling, coursework addressing the history and development of clinical mental health counseling, theories and models related to clinical mental health counseling, principles of clinical mental health counseling, including prevention, intervention, consultation, education, and advocacy, and networks that promote mental health and wellness. 
  2. Foundations of clinical rehabilitation counseling.' If the academic program has an emphasis in rehabilitation counseling, coursework addressing the history and development of rehabilitation counseling, theories and models related to rehabilitation counseling, social science theory that addresses psychosocial aspects of disability, principles of rehabilitation including prevention, intervention, wellness, consultation, education, and advocacy. 

At least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours in one of the following:

  1. Clinical mental health counseling diagnosis and treatment planning.' If the academic program has an emphasis in clinical mental health counseling, coursework addressing the diagnostic process, including differential diagnosis and the use of diagnostic classification systems such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and/or the International Classification of Diseases (ICD); training on administration of intake interview, mental status evaluation, biopsychosocial history, mental health history, and psychological assessment for treatment planning and caseload management; and techniques and interventions related to a broad range of mental health issues. 
  2. Rehabilitation counseling diagnosis and treatment planning.' If the academic program has an emphasis in rehabilitation counseling, coursework addressing diagnostic interviews, mental status examinations, symptom inventories, psychoeducational and personality assessments, biopsychosocial histories, assessments for treatment planning; career and work-related assessments including job-analysis, work site modification, transferrable skills analysis, and job readiness; strategies to advocate for clients with disabilities and rehabilitation counseling. 

At least 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours in each of the following:

  1. Crisis and trauma counseling.' Studies that include counseling approaches that effectively address crises and trauma, the impact of trauma and crisis and potential neurobiological responses; skills and techniques for assessing and intervening in specific crisis or trauma situations including suicide assessment and intervention. 
  2. Abnormal behavior and psychopathology.' Studies that include concepts of psychopathology and introduces methods of assessment and diagnosis for children, adolescents and adults with major mental disorders; and personality disorders, multiple perspectives of emotional and psychological distress, disturbance and behavior; skills to use the DSM diagnostic system while including acknowledgement of client strengths and resilience and the social and cultural context.
  3. Addictions counseling.' Studies that provide an overview of addiction, the process of addiction, treatment and recovery approaches, relapse prevention, developmental issues related to addiction; treatment and prevention planning in regard to addiction.
  4. Family, partnership, and couples counseling.' Studies that provide information and skills relevant to conducting partner or marital and family counseling services within a multicultural society with emphasis given to systemic theory and philosophy; dynamics of family interaction and the initial skills in assessment and treatment of dysfunctional partner, marital, family and systems or ecosystems relationships. 

HU Comparison

  1. Supervised Counseling Practicum: CN 650 
  2. Supervised Counseling Internship: CN 651, CN 652
  3. Counseling Theory: CN 603

Eight of the following content areas:

  1. Human Growth and Development: CN 601
  2. Social and Cultural Foundations: CN 605
  3. Helping Relationship: CN 611
  4. Group Dynamics Process and Counseling: CN 606
  5. Lifestyle and Career Development: CN 607
  6. Appraisal/Assessment: CN 604
  7. Research Methods and Evaluation: CN 608
  8. Professional Counseling Orientation: CN 602

One of the following content areas:

  1. Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling: CN 610
  2. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: CN 625

One of the following content areas:

  1. Crisis and Trauma Counseling: CN 649
  2. Abnormal Behavior and Psychopathology: CN 612
  3. Addictions Counseling: CN 641
  4. Family, Partnership, and Couples Counseling: CN 645

Clinical Requirements

At least three (3) semester hours or four (4) quarter hours academic credit in Supervised Practicum Counseling experience that includes all of the following:

  1. Documented proof of a minimum of 100 hours of supervised practicum experience with at least 40 hours face-to-face client contact.
  2. One (1) hour per week of individual or triadic supervision throughout the practicum by a program faculty member, and approved student supervisor, or a site supervisor.
  3. An average of 1.5 hours per week of group supervision that is provided on a regular schedule throughout the practicum by a program faculty member or student supervisor.
  4. At least six (6) semester hours or eight (8) quarter hours of academic credit in a supervised internship counseling experience that has all of the following:
  5. Documented proof of a minimum of 600 hours of supervised internship experience with at least 240 hours of face-to-face client contact.
  6. One (1) hour per week of individual or triadic supervision throughout the internship performed by the onsite or field supervisor.
  7. An average of 1.5 hours per week of group supervision that is provided on a regular schedule throughout the internship by a program faculty member or a student supervisor.

Note: HU students should apply for a temporary license.

Are students required to take a residential program?

No

Required Exams

National Counseling Exam (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). 

(not required for temporary license, but for full see application)

https://dsps.wi.gov/Credentialing/Health/fm1962.pdf

Additional Information

License Application

Professional Counselor training license requirements:

  1. Complete and submit Professional Counselor Application including required documentation and fees.
  2. Applicant must be in a position or have an offer for a position as a Professional Counselor in a supervised clinical professional counseling practice.
  3. The training license shall expire after 48 months. 
  4. A training license may be renewed by the discretion of the Professional Counselor Section.

Date of Last Revision

February 22, 2022

Wyoming

Does HU Meet Academic Requirements for Licensure in the state?

Likely.

Website:

https://mentalhealth.wyo.gov/

Licensing Requirements:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/19sfR5ttwMF3RDXFE0uow4awCEo25EoPe/view

Contact Information:

For questions regarding application and renewal or other general questions, please contact the Board Office at wyomhplb@wyo.gov or (307) 777-3628.

For questions regarding complaints and Board meetings, please contact Greg Searls at wyomhplb@wyo.gov or at (307) 777-7788.

Wyoming Mental Health Profession Licensing Board

2001 Capitol Ave, Room 127

Cheyenne WY 82002

Fax: (307) 777-3508

Accreditation Requirements:

LPC licensure in Wyoming External link  requires the completion of a master’s or doctoral degree in counseling from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Programs not accredited by CACREP or CORE may be acceptable if they are certified by a regional or national institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and meet the coursework requirements below. Appropriate degree programs will be 60 semester hours of graduate-level coursework, 

Content Area Requirements:

  1. Human growth and development:
  2. Social and cultural diversity
  3. Helping relationships
  4. Group work
  5. Career development
  6. Assessment
  7. Research and program evaluation
  8. Professional orientation and ethical practice
  9. Practicum
  10. Internship

HU Comparison:

  1. Human growth and development: CN 601
  2. Social and cultural diversity: CN 605
  3. Helping relationships: CN 603, CN 611
  4. Group work: CN 606
  5. Career development: CN 607
  6. Assessment: CN 604
  7. Research and program evaluation: CN 608
  8. Professional orientation and ethical practice: CN 602
  9. Practicum: CN 650
  10. Internship: CN 651, CN 652

Clinical Requirements:

LPC licensure in Wyoming also requires the completion of an internship, practicum, or field experience under clinical supervision. Practicum experience must equate to at least 100 hours over a 10-week academic term. Internship requirements involve the completion of 600 hours of supervised experience reflective of the work of a professional counselor. This requirement is distinct from post-graduate supervision, which is also necessary for licensure.  LPC licensure in Wyoming requires the completion of 3,000 hours of supervision for holders of master’s degrees, with 1,200 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of face-to-face, individual direction from an approved supervisor.

Are students required to take a residential program?:

No.

Required Exams:

National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE) or Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Exam

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact the graduate admissions office at graduate@huntington.edu or call 800-600-4888.

Date of Last Revision:

February 22, 2022