If you want to practice as a professional counselor in Connecticut, you need a license which is called LPC (Licensed Professional Counselors). The Connecticut Department of Public Health is in charge of all the processes connecting with the licensure. To get your LPC in Connecticut you need to complete some steps. And the first of these steps is to complete your master’s degree in counseling or in another major relating to this, at the program accredited by the state. Completing the 60 graduate hours in counseling is necessary in order to qualify for licensure.
It must involve coursework in the following subject area:
You must have some type of internship or apprentice experience in counseling, it is required by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, but you do not need to take part in an internship program.
All the candidates for LPC after graduating need to get supervised experience in professional counseling for 3,000 hours, which must include 100 hours of direct supervision with Licensed Professional Counselors.
The length of that period is individual. There is no requirement for that, the only one is that the experience must last at least a year or more. And after that, you need to pass the exam, get all documents that are required and apply for the license.
The Licensed Professional Counselors are: a physician certified in psychiatry, psychologist, nurse certified in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing, therapist of marital and family, clinical social worker, professional counselor, and all need to be legally licensed.
Now you have completed all the experience requirements and it is time for the next step and it is to pass the exam. You have to take the National Counselor Examination for Licensure (NCE) or the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE).
The NCE examination is multiple-choice which consists of 200 questions. It will check your ability in effective counseling services.
NCMHCE exam checks your professional knowledge about counseling. During the exam, you must solve the 10 cases of clinical mental health counseling. These exercises help to determine your ability of problem-solving.
The NCE and NCMHCE examinations are handled by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC).
After all these steps you are finally ready to apply for licensure. The licensure fee is about $315 and every following month of your birthday it needs to be renewed. Now you can get your license, but in order to keep your license, you need to take 15 hours of continuing education every year.
Connecticut LPC licenses expire after the 1st birth month of distribution and are renewed annually. Licenses have a period of 90 days after expiration, during which the LPC may practice and renew the license. On the 91st day, the license becomes invalid and the LPS must apply for reinstatement (restoration).
All the documents must be sent directly from the official organization: