North Carolina Licensure for Professional Counselor

North Carolina Licensure for Professional Counselor

North Carolina Licensure for Professional Counselor Christina Rosen, Ed.D., LPCS, LCAS, CCS, NCC, IADC Associate Professor, in the CMHC Program Clinical Field Experience Coordinator for CMHC Co-Coordinator Certificate in Addiction Counseling Rosen, March 16, 2015 1 Goals for LPCA Application Presentation To To To To

review review review review different levels of licensure LPCA application process LPCA application Candidate for Licensure Pending" (CFL-P) status To review the process from LPCA to LPC To review definition of direct hours To review the renewal process Rosen, March 16, 2015 2 Three Levels of Licensure LPCA Licensed Professional Counselor Associate Restricted license must have supervision

LPC Licensed Professional Counselor Unrestricted license supervision not required LPCS Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Board approved supervisor & supervision not required Rosen, March 16, 2015 3 Practice Counseling Activities A person must be: LicensedLPCA must have an approved supervisor Student enrolled in practicum or internship under supervision Work in an exempt setting as approved by the board

Counseling activities Direct hours: Consists of live contact with individuals, groups, and families through counseling as defined in G.S. 90-330(a)(3)a thru b: (see slide 32) Rosen, March 16, 2015 4 North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors Contact Info. Go to NCBLPC website - review Check the Boards calendar for deadlines Check the Boards website of update information Contact information for the Board Phone number, 844-622-3572 or 336-217-6007 Can contact us by email at [email protected] For General Mail: For Overnight and Special Delivery: PO Box 77819 Greensboro, NC 27417 Rosen, March 16, 2015 7D Terrace Way Greensboro, NC 27403 5 Overview: LPCA Application Process Download & complete the 12 page LPCA application LPCA applications includes: Completing and signing Official Application p. 2-12 http:// Payment form the fee is a total of $238.00 (application is $200, Background check is $38) Official Conferred Transcript directly from Registrar office Examinations Scores from NBCC sent directly to NCBLPC Verification of Graduate Counseling Experience Form Professional Disclosure Statement Ethics Attestation Certification & Agreement Jurisprudence Exam Finger prints cards & Authorization for Release for Background check forms All required documents must in for application to be designated as completed and ready for board reviewed Applicant is in review designation is when documents, other than the above italicize documentation, are missing.

Candidate for Licensure Pending (CFL-P) (see slide 24) will be reviewed by the board Rosen, March 16, 2015 6 LPCA Application Contents I. General information II. Credentials (if you have any, i.e. LCAS-A) II. Legal & Ethical History IV. Education level V. Three Professional References with contact information VI. Graduate Courses - Verification of Graduate Counseling Experience (p. 12 is the actual form) VII. Graduate Courses continues VIII. Photo IX. Application Validation Notarized IX. Criminal Background Information XI. Authority for Release fro Criminal Background check LPCA Application Payment Form LPCA PDS Template Jurisprudence Exam Information Rosen, March 16, 2015 7

LPCA Application Packet & Payment Applications (21 NCAC 53 .0301) obtain at http:// May be submitted electronically or mailed in paper format Right now mailed applicant only they are working towards more electron submission Application fee is a $200.00 + $38.00 = $238.00 $200.00 applicant $38.00 background check Rosen, March 16, 2015 8 LPCA Application: Sections I, II & III Complete Print or Type Using Black Ink ONLY Section I. General Information Section II. Credentials (if you have any, i.e. LCASA) Section III. Legal & Ethical History

All Applications are REQUIRED to submit to NBLPC for state and national background check : 2 fingerprint cards, the Authorization for Release of Information and payment of $38.00 If you say, yes to question 3 or 7 you must submit a written explanation in seal envelope, see application p. 3 Rosen, March 16, 2015 9 Section IV. Official Conferred Transcript

Before you turn in your LCPA application packet order TWO conferred sealed official transcript from the Registrar Office (make a copy of each receipt of payment and request for transcript include both in your LPCA application packet: One transcript will be sent to NCBLPC (North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors) Second transcript will be sent to NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) which is needs before NBCC will release your GSA-NCE scores to NCBLPC) It can take 4 to 6 weeks after you graduate for Appalachian State University to send your official conferred transcript to both organization The receipts will assist in moving your status from application in review to CFL-P (Candidate for Licensure Pending) Send a copy of your unofficial transcript (see point 5 on Checklist for LPCA Applicants) Rosen, March 16, 2015 10 National Exam National Counselor Exam (NCE)can take 4 to 6 weeks after payment has been received. GSA-NCE exam is administered on campus during Fall & Spring Semester, Fee is $295.00 to take the exam GSA-NCE Dr. Jill Van Horne is our campus faculty liaison Process is now on-line Request Appalachian State University Registrar Office to send an Conferred Official sealed transcript: showing conferral degree date to NBCC

Pay fee to NBCC to send your test scores and to become an NCC (National Certified Counselor) Request NBCC to send your test scores to NCBLPC: http:// Scores.pdf Print & copy receipt of payment and request for scores Prior to graduating send NBCC your new address and fee to 11 become Rosen, March 16, 2015 Section V. List Three Professional References Professors Site Supervisors Professional Mentors Provide full contact information and length of time you have know them Rosen, March 16, 2015

12 Section VI. Graduate Counseling Experience Practicum & Internship separate courses appearing on your Official Conferred Transcript (p. 4) Verification of Graduate Counseling Experience form University Supervisor of each course needs to complete this form p.12 (see slide 21) or go to After each semester of practicum/internship have faculty supervisor complete this form, seal and sign the back of the envelope include in your packet, if they send the form directly to NBLPC make sure it is sent after you send your application Rosen, March 16, 2015 13

Section VI. continued Graduate Counseling Experience Supervised graduate counseling shall consist of a minimum of 300 hours of supervised graduate counseling experience At a rate of not less than one hour of clinical supervision per 40 hours of graduate counseling experience, At least 180 hours of this counseling experience shall be direct counseling experience as (see slide 3, for definition of direct hours) CMHC and PSC programs already adhere to these standards Rosen, March 16, 2015 14 Section VII. Graduate Courses

Regionally accreditation institution Only use a course once time (no course can be used twice) to meet requirements Courses with unclear titles attached syllabus (our titles are clear enough) Nine core course muse be covered (see next slide) - Each course must have the university code and course title as seen on the transcript. CMHC and PSC core course are aligned with these standards Rosen, March 16, 2015 15 Section VII continued: Required Courses Helping Relationship

HPC 5220 Counseling Theories and Techniques For those enrolled prior to Fall 2015 semester Counseling Practicum HPC 5900 Practicum in Counseling Counseling Internship HPC 6900 Internship in Mental Health Counseling Enrolled for one semester list once, enrolled over two semester list twice Professional Orientation to the Counseling HPC 5120 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health Counseling & HPC 5752 Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Human Growth and Development Theories HPC 5272 Individual and Family Development Rosen, March 16, 2015 16 Section VII continued: Required Course Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling HPC 5110 Multicultural Counseling Group Counseling Theories and Processes HPC 5790 Groups Methods and Processes Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development HPC 5210 Life and Career Planning Assessment in Counseling HPC 5140 Psychological and Educational Testing HPC 6120 Developmental Assessment and Diagnosis in Clinical

Mental Health Counseling Research and Program Evaluation RES 5000 Research Methods Rosen, March 16, 2015 17 Section VIII. Attached Photo Section IX. Notary Public Photo is taped on each side 2 X 2 passport size Notary - Sign and date in presence of a notary Bank Credit union Rosen, March 16, 2015

18 Section IX. Criminal Background Information Can take up to four to six weeks Read Instruction for Completing the Applicant Finger Card (p. 6) set up an appointment Cost is $38.00 to NCBLPC one payment of $238.00 = $200.00 for application + $38.00 background check Complete and send in Authority for Release of Information State and Federal Record Check (p. 10) Rosen, March 16, 2015 19 Payment Form p. 11 of 12

Payment form (p.11) One payment of $238.00 = $200.00 applicant + $38.00 background check Check or money order or payable to NCBLPC Credit card Or agency Rosen, March 16, 2015 20 Verification of Graduate Counseling Experience (p. 12) Complete one form at the end of each semester for

practicum or internship, with an envelope that is address to NCBLPC and has a stamp, (p. 12) or At the end of the semester have the university supervisor sign the form Also have them seal and sign the envelope, even though it should be send directly to NCBLPC If they send it in before you apply the form will be sent back, so instead have them give you the envelope and you send it in about two days after you send in your application or send it with your application See slide 13 Rosen, March 16, 2015 21 Professional Disclosure Statement Must be provided a copy to clients prior to counseling services starting and client must sign it. A signed copy must be maintained in the client record(s) Must include information as listed in Rule .0204 (LPCA Professional Disclosure Statement (Template pps. 1& 2after p. 12)

Instructions: http:// Template: Rosen, March 16, 2015 22 Jurisprudence Exam Jurisprudence Exam.pdf -

Complete for each licensure & renewal Test is on-line can be completed from most computer No fail test Review briefing at the bottom of the web page before taking the test Print completed certificate & include with the application Administrative fee $25.00 to i-counseling at the time of the test Administrator by Center for Credentialing & Education via the i-counseling website Make sure you are completing the exam for North Carolina Counselor Exam The exam is to be complete within six months prior to application or renewal 23 Rosen, March 16, 2015 Candidate for Licensure Pending-CFL-P Candidate for Licensure Pending (CFL-P) if the application is missing one or more of the following requirements: Official exam score from the examining board; Official transcript from a regionally accredited higher education institution;

Professional Disclosure Statement for the level that they are applying For the applicant to be listed as a CFL-P, the applicant shall provide all other required documentations, as stated in slide 6 with the above exceptions. Rosen, March 16, 2015 24 For the applicant to be listed as a CFL-P The CFL-P designation allows the applicant's file to be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting for approval License may be issued upon receipt of the missing documents.

The CFL-P designation is effective for a maximum of 60 days from the date of approval by the Board. If the missing documents are not received within the 60 days, the CFL-P designation shall revert to an application in review status And shall be presented at the next scheduled Board meeting upon receipt of missing documents subject to the two-year period set Rosen, March 16, 2015 25 Summary of LPCA Application Packet Application is completed or in CFL-P status will be review at the next board meeting as long as the following is also included: A receipt showing the request and payment to the examining board for an official exam score to be sent to the Board; A receipt showing the request and payment to the educational institution for an official transcript to be sent to the Board

Professional Disclosure Statement Jurisprudence Exam Verification of Graduate Counseling Experience form for both practicum & internship 2 Finger Print Cards & Authorization for Release of Information Ethics Attestation statement 26 Rosen, March 16, form 2015 Payment with payment Time Line for Application

Send in your completed application & additional information, as stated on slide 24, to the NCBLPC about 2 to 4 weeks before deadline, Background check can take 4 to 6 weeks Transcripts can take 4 to 6 weeks for the registrar office to send an official conferred transcripts to NCBLPC & NBCC, order 6 weeks before LPCA application deadline NBCC - after receiving an official conferred transcript can take 4 to 6 weeks to send your NCE scores to NCBLPC University Supervisor can take 4 to 10 weeks (depending on University breaks & summer school) to complete Verification of Graduate Experience form After the board meets it can take 4 to 6 weeks to received LPCA notice After sending in supervisor contract it can take 2 to 4 weeks for supervisor to receive approval letter Rosen, March 16, 2015 27 Hits for Successful Application Plan Ahead Send in application at least two to fours weeks before the board deadline Mail the application so you will obtain a returned receipt

Include completed application with additional documents as stated in in slide 24 Be Patient and Diligent You will receive via e-mail a letter and log-in, information use it before calling the board, Pending All documents need to be received and reviewed prior to being award licensure keep checking your Log-In site for status Each organization can take about 4 to 6 weeks to send materials or notify you including the NCLPCB Remember to log-in and check status before contacting the board keep the board letter with your login information Be Wise Send supervision contract in with application so that your supervisor can be approved along with your application. You can not start working until your supervisor receives notice that your supervisor has been approved. 28 Rosen, March 16, 2015 I am LPCA Now What?

Direct hours 2000 + Indirect hours1000 = 3000 Clinical Supervised 100, ratio 1 for every 40 hours worked Renewal Process every two unless new then maybe less than two years Supervision must include raw data which must be a significant part of supervision time Must keep a supervision log, Must send in quarterly reports and supervisor must send in final supervision report Rosen, March 16, 2015 29 LPCAs Restricted counseling work is supervised Must have 1 hour of face-to-face supervision for

every 40 hours of professional practice once LPCA has be granted No less than three-quarters of the hours of clinical supervision shall be individual clinical supervision To apply for LPC 3000 hours of supervised professional practice post degree, of which 2000 hours must be direct counseling about 20 to 23 hours a week for two years, a minimum of a 100 hours of supervision Ratio 40 hours of work to 1 hour of supervision: Working no more than 40 hours per week, then must have one hour of face to face supervision Rosen, March 16, 2015 30 Clinical Supervision Supervision Contract send right after board meeting if possible Must be approved before counseling services begin Supervisor will receive an approval letter, after you

receive you LPCA then you can start seeing clients Must meet for one hour of supervision for every 40 hours worked LPCS Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Approved Board Supervisor Qualified Supervisor After July 2017, all supervision must be with an LPCS Rosen, March 16, 2015 31 Direct Counseling Experience (Rule .0205) a. Assisting individuals, groups, and families through the counseling relationship by evaluating and treating mental disorders and other conditions through the use of a combination of clinical mental health and human development principles, methods, diagnostic procedures, treatment plans, and other psychotherapeutic techniques, to develop an

understanding of personal problems, to define goals, and to plan action reflecting the client's interests, abilities, aptitudes, and mental health needs as these are related to personal-social-emotional concerns, educational progress, and occupations and careers. b. Appraisal Activities. Administering and interpreting tests for assessment of personal32 Rosen, March 16, 2015 COUNSELING EXPERIENCE -LPCA The counseling experience required by G.S. 90-336(c) (2) shall include a minimum of 2000 hours of supervised professional practice hours of direct counseling experience. Direct counseling experience consists of live contact with individuals, groups, or families through counseling as defined in G.S. 90-330(a)(3)a and b.

(see slide 29) Experience shall be gained at a rate of no more than 40 hours per week. At least 100 hours of clinical supervision, minimum of 3000 hours of supervised professional practice, No less than three-quarters of the hours of clinical supervision shall Rosen, be March individual clinical supervision. 33 16, 2015 Renewal The biennial renewal fee of $200.00 is due and payable by June 20 of the renewal year Newly issued licenses shall be effective upon the date of issuance by the Board and shall expire on

the second June 30 thereafter. The renewal period for a newly issued license may be less than two years 30 continue contact hours are needed. If the renewal period for newly issued license is two years 40 continue contact hours are needed Following the first renewal of a newly issued license, the renewal period shall be two years and shall run from July 1 in the first year through June 30 in the second year 34 Rosen, March 16, 2015 Renewal continued Certificate of completion of the jurisprudence examination for the level of license that is being renewed The Ethics Attestation Statement

An updated Professional Disclosure Statement Payment of Renewal Fee Change of Address Send in early if possible Renewal forms can be audit keep Certificate of Completion of Continue Contact Hours in case of an auditdo not send it the CCH/CEU to the board unless requested Rosen, March 16, 2015 35 Summary of Counseling Experience for LPCA to move towards LPC Must have a board approved supervisor the supervisor must received a letter of approval before counseling begins. Minimum of 3000 hours total of professional experience (i.e. direct and indirect hours) A minimum of 2000 hours of direct

counseling experience At 40 hours of work must have an 1 hour of supervision 100 hours of clinical supervision, Rosen, March 16, 2015 36 Questions Start the application process early Good luck!!!! Rosen, March 16, 2015 37

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