Applicants must have:
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
A minimum of 3 graduate semester
credit hours or 5 graduate quarter hours of instruction in each of the following
HUMAN GROWTH AND PERSONALITY
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
The influence of human development and
experiences on the development of
Examples of courses in this
Human Growth and Development
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS OF
Aging, ethnicity, gender, psycho-sexual
Impact of social and cultural norms on human
Culture, subculture and socioeconomic influences on the
Social and Cultural Foundations of
Overview of major counseling/psychology
The techniques and practices associated with the above
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
The stages of clinical
Referral and termination.
Introduction to Counseling.
Techniques of Interviewing.
GROUP DYNAMICS, PROCESSING, AND
Theories, practices, and treatment in group
Principles of leading groups.
Experience in leading groups.
Group Counseling (or Therapy).
Group Therapy and Practice.
LIFESTYLE AND CAREER
Life-Long processes that influence work
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
Mental status examination.
Theory of test construction, validity, and
Testing procedures and interpretation.
Tests and Measurements
Principles of performing quantitative and qualitative
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
Professional orientation and responsibility.
Ethics of Practice.
Codes of Ethics of National, Professional, Counseling
Professional and Ethical Issues
Ethics and Legal Issues in
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
Overview of system theories.
Principles of working with couples and
Stages of family life cycle development.
Marriage and Family Counseling (or Therapy)
Family Systems and Intervention
ALCOHOL AND DRUG
Assessment of addictive disorders.
Pharmacology of psychoactive drugs.
Overview of theories of addictive disorders.
Overview of basic models of treatment.
Foundations of Chemical Dependency
Overview of Alcohol and Drug Counseling
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 based on current DSM AND ICD
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
Psychology and Diagnosis
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND TREATMENT OF
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL DISORDERS
An Overview and application of one or more treatment models to
Advanced Techniques of Counseling
A. For Master's level applicants, 3 years with a minimum of 3,000 hours
of supervised clinical experience in professional counseling under an approved
supervisor. Of the 3 years, 2 years shall be post-graduate clinical supervision
hours. One year may be acquired before the awarding of the master's
B. For Doctoral level applicants, 2 years with a minimum of 2,000 hours
of supervised clinical experience in professional counseling. Of the 2 years
1,000 shall be acquired after the doctoral degree has been
Achieve a passing score on the National Counselors Examination of the
National Board for Certified Counselors and the State Law
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