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Frequently Asked Questions



  1. Can anyone call himself or herself a counselor and practice counseling in Delaware?
  2. Is there a Code of Ethics for a licensed professional counselor of mental health?
  3. Does the Board offer the national examination?
  4. What is the next step after passing the national examination and receiving your national certification?
  5. What is the difference between an associate counselor of mental health and a professional counselor of mental health?

Answers

 

Can anyone call himself or herself a counselor and practice counseling in Delaware?

Answer: Yes, as long as the person does not misrepresent himself or herself to the public as a licensed professional counselor of mental health or licensed associate counselor of mental health, or any other words, letters, abbreviations or insignia indicating or implying that such person is licensed under Title 24, Chapter 30.

 

Is there a Code of Ethics for a licensed professional counselor of mental health?

Answer: Yes. The Board has adopted the current version of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Code of Ethics.

 

Does the Board offer the national examination?

Answer: No. Contact the NBCC at (336) 547-0607 to request an application and dates for the next administration of the examination or visit the NBCC website.

 

What is the next step after passing the national examination and receiving national certification?

Answer: You would apply for licensure as either a licensed professional counselor of mental health or an associate counselor of mental health, depending upon your counseling experience.

 

What is the difference between licensure as an associate counselor of mental health and a professional counselor of mental health?

Answer: The associate counselor of mental health has met all the Delaware licensure requirements except for those dealing with required experience. When applying for licensure as an  Associate Counselor of Mental Health, the applicant must submit a plan for direct supervision and the Board must approve the plan before the applicant acquires the professional counseling experience needed for a Professional Counselor of Mental Health license.


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