Delaware Counselor Licensing Requirements
One should make sure to obtain the appropriate counseling licensing requirements for Delaware.
While practicing as a counselor in Delaware, your license designation will be Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. Professional licensure will involve the right certification and supervised practice. You can practice as a Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health after meeting all experience requirements.
The LPC standards described as follows will facilitate you in following the correct steps to become a Delaware counselor.
Delaware Counselor Credential Titles
Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH)
Licensed Associate Counselor of Mental Health (LACMH)
An individual licensed for the purpose of gaining experience required for licensure as an LPCMH; must work under direct supervision of an LPCMH or other health professional approved by the board’
Delaware Counselor Education Requirements
Master’s degree or higher in Clinical Mental Health, including a minimum of 48 semester hours.
Must also be certified by NBCC as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), or certified by another national mental health specialty certifying organization approved by the board.
Delaware Counselor Experiential Requirements
2 years/3,200 hours of full-time clinical professional counseling experience to be completed within a 4 year period.
1,600 hours must be under professional direct supervision acceptable to the board (100 hours must be face-to-face supervision (live videoconferencing
is considered face to face but cannot exceed 50% of the supervision). 1,500hours must be direct client contact hours (750 have to be individual)
30 graduate semester hours or more beyond master’s degree may be substituted for 1 year/1,600 hours of required experience, provided that hours are clearly related to the field of counseling and acceptable to the board.
*If your degree was conferred after June 30, 2012, you will receive credit only for experience that you gain as a Delaware-licensed Associate
Counselor of Mental Health.
Delaware Counseling Exams Required
NCE or NCMHCE
Requirements for Clinical Supervisors
Licensed as a professional counselor of mental health. (If a DE LPCMH is not available, other licensed mental health practitioners can be supervisors, but it must be approved by the board)’
Requirements for Out of State Applicants
Licensure by reciprocity: Upon payment of the appropriate fee and submission and acceptance of a written application on forms provided by the board, the board shall grant a license to each applicant who provides proof of current licensure in good standing in another state, the District of Columbia, or territory of the United States, whose standards for licensure are substantially similar to those of this State, and an affidavit and release of information granting the board permission to contact said jurisdictions for verification of disciplinary history and current status. Each applicant must also provide a notarized affidavit affirming that the applicant meets the qualifications as stated in 24 Delaware Code, Chapter 30, Section 3008(a) (3) through (7).
An applicant, who is licensed in a jurisdiction whose standards are not substantially similar to those of this State, shall have had a license in good standing for a minimum of five years after licensure in the jurisdiction from which he or she is applying for reciprocal licensure, provided however, that he or she meets all other qualifications for reciprocity. An applicant, who is licensed in a jurisdiction whose standards are not substantially similar to those of this State, and who lacks the minimum years of licensure required by Delaware, may apply for licensure as an associate counselor of mental health, in order to obtain the experience necessary to fulfill the requirements for licensure as an LPCMH.
Scope of Practice
“LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR OF MENTAL HEALTH” (LPCMH) is an individual licensed as a professional counselor of mental health under this chapter who publicly offers to render to individuals, groups, organizations or the general public a service involving the application of clinical counseling principles, methods or procedures and the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal and social adjustment.
Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Delaware, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Delaware page for a more detailed look into the steps you will need to take to make your dream of becoming a counselor a reality.
Additional Information for Counselor Licensing in Delaware
DE Board of Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Professionals
861 Silver Lake Boulevard
Dover, DE 19904-2467
LPC License: $171
LACMH License: $171
*Applicants must submit a criminal background check.