How to Become an LPC-Intern in the State of Texas

In order to become a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-Intern) in the state of Texas and gain full licensure, one must:

• obtain a Masters in Counseling with completion of supervised practicum experience of 300 clock-hours (as part of your graduate program)
• pass the National Counseling Exam (NCE) no more than 5 years prior to application
• provide proof of passing the Texas jurisprudence exam no more than 2 years prior to application
• find a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and a site to obtain hours
• complete and submit the application along with the initial fee

Once approved, you can begin counting your 3,000 required hours which may not be completed in less than 18 months but no longer than 60 months. After completion, you submit your hours and proof of passing the jurisprudence exam within 2 years prior to upgrade for full licensure.

To learn more about licensing requirements in Texas you can visit the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

Reference(s)

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (2016), Rules Relating to the Licensing and Regulation of Professional Counselors, Title 22, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 681. Retrieved from the Office of the Secretary of State.

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Mara holds a Master of Arts degree from Dallas Baptist University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from University of Texas at Dallas. Mara has experience working with children, adolescents and adults and is warm, confidential and non judgemental. Mara has worked with people adjusting to change, victims of domestic violence and trauma, people experiencing anxiety and depression, refugees and victims of human trafficking, people experiencing work and family stresses, persons with mental illness, and people wanting to better understand their emotions and experience personal growth. Mara uses a variety of technques to help individuals clarify goals, take steps toward personal growth, better understand situations and conflicts, gain new perspectives, and experience resolution of conflicts and concerns.

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