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Professional Counselor of Mental Health



Post-Masters Mental Health Counseling Experience Requirements

When applying for licensure by examination, you must arrange for the Board office to receive verification that you have completed the required hours of post-Masters mental health counseling. The following definitions apply to this requirement:

  • Mental health counseling means face-to-face interaction with clients and other matters directly related to the treatment of clients in a professional mental health clinical counseling setting.
  • Direct supervision means overseeing the supervisee’s application of clinical counseling principles, methods or procedures to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal and social adjustment.
  • An approved clinical supervisor must be a licensed professional counselor of mental health, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed clinical social worker, licensed clinical psychologist, or licensed physician specializing in psychiatry. Certified school counselors and certified school psychologists are not approved clinical supervisors.
  1. You are required to have provided a total of at least 1,600 hours of post-Masters mental health counseling while under the direct supervision of one or more approved clinical supervisors. When the hours under all approved clinical supervisors are combined, the 1,600 hours must span a period of at least two but not more than four years.
    • When totaled, at least 100 of the 1,600 hours of direct supervision under all approved clinical supervisors must be face-to-face sessions between you and your supervisor.
    • When totaled, at least 60 of the 100 hours of direct supervision under all approved clinical supervisors must be face-to-face one-on-one—that is, you and your supervisor. The remaining 40 may be in a group setting—that is, you, your supervisor, and up to five other supervisees.
  2. Whether any further documentation of hours of post-Masters experience is required depends on whether you have completed 30 post-Masters credit hours in the field of counseling.
IF you have… THEN
completed 30 post-Masters credit hours in the counseling field no further documentation of post-Masters experience is required other than an official transcript, sent directly from the school(s), showing that you have completed the credit hours.
not completed 30 post-Masters credit hours in the counseling field your clinical or administrative supervisor(s) must verify that you have provided additional hours of post-Masters mental health counseling. These hours, when added to the 1,600 or more hours of direct supervision verified by your clinical supervisor(s), must total at least 3,200 hours.
Example:

You do not have 30 post-Masters credit hours in the counseling field. Your clinical supervisor verifies that you have provided 2,200 hours of mental health counseling under his direct supervision. Since you do not have 30 post-Masters credit hours, your administrative or clinical supervisor must also verify that you have provided at least 1,000 additional hours of mental health counseling. All 3,200 hours must be within a period of not less than two years but no more than four years.

For more information about the experience requirements, see Sections 2.1.3 and 2.1.4 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.


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