Licensed Professional Counselors

LPC Licensing Requirements

Professional Counselors are now licensed in all 50 states, although the name designation and licensing requirements may vary from state to state.

Within CT, the CT State Department of Public Health oversees the licensing of all health care providers.

In CT an applicant for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) must meet the following requirements:

  • A counseling masters degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education,
  • Sixty graduate semester hours in or related to the discipline of counseling,
  • Coursework in each of the following areas: human growth and development, social and cultural foundations, counseling theories and techniques or helping relationships, group dynamics, processing and counseling, career and lifestyle development, appraisals or tests and measurements for individuals and groups, research and evaluation, and professional orientation to counseling;
  • Three thousand (3000) hours of postgraduate supervised experience in professional counseling,
  • A minimum of one hundred (100) hours of direct supervision,
  • Successful completion of the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE).

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