DPH: Professional Counselor Licensing Requirements

Professional Counselor Licensing Requirements

 
Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.
 
An applicant for licensure must meet the following requirements:
 
Earned, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education a master's or doctoral degree in social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling, psychology or a related mental health field determined to be in the discipline of professional counseling by the Department;
 
Completed sixty graduate semester hours in or related to the discipline of counseling at a regionally accredited institution of higher education, which included 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;
 
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; and
 
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.
If the applicant has not passed the NCE or NCMHCE and wishes to sit for such examination for purposes of obtaining a Connecticut license should complete the examination registration form and forward it and the required fee directly to the NBCC.  All registration forms received without the examination fee will be returned.
Documentation Requirements:
 
An applicant for licensure shall arrange for the submission of following documentation directly from the source:
 
A completed, notarized application with photograph and fee of $315.00.  The fee must be in the form of a bank check or money order made payable to, "Treasurer, State of Connecticut";
 
An official transcript and Course of Study Form sent directly from each educational institution attended and listed on your application, indicating all graduate level coursework completed and graduate degree(s) conferred;
 
Verification, sent directly from each state licensing authority where a license, certificate or registration as a professional counselor is, or has ever been.  Most jurisdictions charge a fee for this service.  Please contact the jurisdiction prior to submission of the form;
 
Verification form, sent directly from the appropriate authority(s), of three thousand (3000) hours of postgraduate supervised experience and one hundred hours of postgraduate-degree supervision;
 
A score report for the NCE or NCMHCE sent directly to this Department from the NBCC.
 
All supporting documents should be submitted directly from the source to:
 

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





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