Counselor Licensing Requirements in Hawaii
We want to make sure that you attain the proper counselor licensing requirements in Hawaii in order to work safely and effectively as a professional counselor in Hawaii.
Counselors are credentialed in Hawaii as Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Rehabilitation counselors will not need the same license.
The information included here offers you an outline of the requirements for mental health counseling licensure in Hawaii. To make sure that you are on the right path, you may contact the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional and Vocational Licensing: Phone: (808) 586-2693 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawaii Counselor Credential Titles
Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC)
Hawaii Counselor Education Requirements
Master’s degree or higher in counseling or an allied field related to the practice of mental health counseling, with a minimum of 48 semester hours (or 72 quarter hours) of coursework in core areas, from an accredited institution.
Also, two academic terms of supervised mental health practicum intern experience for graduate credit of at least three semester hours (or five quarter hours) per academic term in a mental health counseling setting, with at least 300 hours of supervised client contact under a licensed supervisor.
7/05/07: Changes in Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 453D-7(c)(1) and (2) allows individuals who obtained a graduate degree before July 1, 2007 an alternate method to verify the practicum and post-graduate experience.
Hawaii Counselor Experiential Requirements
2 years/3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised experience in the practice of mental health counseling, with 100 hours of face-to-face clinical supervision under a licensed supervisor.
Experience shall be completed in no less than two years and in no more than four years.
Hawaii Counselor Examinations
*Will accept the NCMHCE or the CRCC (if taken after 1/1/2000 and before 7/1/2005)
Hawaii Requirements for Clinical Supervisors
Licensed as a mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, psychologist, clinical social worker, advanced practice registered nurse with a specialty in mental health, or physician with a specialty in psychiatry.
Hawaii Requirements for Out of State Applicants
Hawaii has no reciprocity at this time. Individuals licensed in another state as a counselor must meet Hawaii’s requirements to apply for licensure.
Scope of Practice
“PRACTICE OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING” means the rendering of professional counseling services based on specialized education, training, and experience to individuals, families, or groups for compensation, monetary or otherwise. These professional counseling services include applying the restrictive principles, methods, and theories of counseling human development, learning theory, group and family dynamics, rehabilitation, and the etiology of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior, and defining goals and developing a treatment plan of action aimed toward the prevention, treatment, and resolution of mental and emotional dysfunction and intra or interpersonal disorders to all persons irrespective of diagnosis. “Practice of mental health counseling” includes but is not limited to:
a. The assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of, and counseling for, mental and emotional disorders;
b. The assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of, and counseling for, substance abuse and conduct disorders defined in the approved diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders;
c. The application of educational techniques aimed at the prevention of these disorders; and
d. The provision of consultative services to individuals, couples, families, groups, organization, and communities.
Salary and Career Outlook for Counselors in Hawaii
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average counselor in Hawaii earns between $39,550 and $50,220 per year.
Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Hawaii, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Hawaii 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 About Counselor Licensing Requirements in Hawaii
HI Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs – PVL
Mental Health Counselor Program
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Application fee: $60