Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC)
Applicants must have a master's degree from an accredited college approved by the Board with a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours or 90 graduate quarter credit hours and a minimum of 3 graduate credit hours or graduate quarter hours in each of the following areas:
One of the following in a professional counseling or related field from an accredited educational institution approved by the Board:
A master’s degree with a minimum of 60 graduate semester credit hours or 90 graduate quarter credit hours or
A doctoral degree with a minimum of 90 graduate semester credit hours or 135 graduate quarter credit hours.
A minimum of 3 graduate semester credit hours or 5 graduate quarter hours of instruction in each of the following areas:
HUMAN GROWTH AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
Instruction in this area shall include all of the following content:
The various stages of human development over the life span.
Theories of personality and human development.
The influence of human development and experiences on the development of Psychopathology.
Examples of courses in this area:
Human Growth and Development
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF COUNSELING
Aging, ethnicity, gender, psycho-sexual orientation.
Impact of social and cultural norms on human development.
Culture, subculture and socioeconomic influences on the counseling relationship.
Social and Cultural Foundations of Counseling.
Overview of major counseling/psychology theories.
The techniques and practices associated with the above theories.
Counseling Theory and Techniques.
Theories of Counseling and/or Psychotherapy.
Introduction to Psychotherapy Theories.
The parameters and limitations of the treatment relationship.
The establishment of the client-counselor treatment contract.
Listening and interviewing skills.
The stages of clinical treatment.
Referral and termination.
Introduction to Counseling.
Techniques of Interviewing.
GROUP DYNAMICS, PROCESSING, AND COUNSELING
Theories, practices, and treatment in group counseling.
Principles of leading groups.
Experience in leading groups.
Group Counseling (or Therapy).
Group Therapy and Practice.
LIFESTYLE AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Life-Long processes that influence work values.
Creation of career patterns.
Career decision-making style.
Integration of occupational roles.
Patterns of work adjustment.
Career Guidance and Counseling
Formalized testing and measurements.
Informal assessment such as observations, interviews, and rating scales.
Mental status examination.
Theory of test construction, validity, and reliability.
Testing procedures and interpretation.
Tests and Measurements
RESEARCH AND EVALUATION
Principles of performing quantitative and qualitative research.
Research design and methods.
Statistical tools and methods.
Reading and interpreting research.
Methods of Research
Statistics and Data Analysis
Research in counseling
PROFESSIONAL, LEGAL, AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Professional orientation and responsibility.
Ethics of Practice.
Codes of Ethics of National, Professional, Counseling Organizations.
Professional and Ethical Issues
Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
Overview of system theories.
Principles of working with couples and families.
Stages of family life cycle development.
Marriage and Family Counseling (or Therapy)
Family Systems and Intervention
ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELING
Assessment of addictive disorders.
Pharmacology of psychoactive drugs.
Overview of theories of addictive disorders.
Overview of basic models of treatment.
Foundations of Chemical Dependency Counseling
Overview of Alcohol and Drug Counseling
SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCED*
A supervised clinical internship, externship, field experience, or practicum placement.
Direct client contact in counseling experience with a minimum of 125 hours of face-to-face client counseling.
Supervised Field Experience
Clinical Field Experience
Clinical Case Conference or Supervision
DIAGNOSIS AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
Diagnosis based on current DSM AND ICD criteria.
Major categories of mental disorders.
An understanding of the impact of abnormal behavior not only to individuals, but to society as a whole.
An examination of various theories relative to the etiology of abnormal behavior.
Psychology and Diagnosis
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND TREATMENT OF MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS
An Overview and application of one or more treatment models to various disorders.
Advanced Techniques of Counseling
Applicants must pass the following:
GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
A licensed graduate professional counselor may practice graduate professional counseling for 2 years under the supervision of an approved supervisor while fulfilling the 2 years post graduate supervised clinical experience. The following persons are approved by the Board to supervise a LGPC. License Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW), Licensed Psych Nurse, Licensed Clinical marriage Family Therapists (LCM), a Licensed Psychiatrist or a licensed Psychologist.
EXTENSION FOR LGPC
Three months before the expiration date of your graduate license download the LGPC Extension application from our website, www.health.maryland.gov/bopc/ located under the Professional Counselors tab.
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