How to Become a Counselor in Kentucky

How to Become a Counselor in KentuckyIf you are interested in how to become a counselor in Kentucky, it is wise to become familiar with the standards and requirements of the job.

The state of Kentucky will license several disciplines, such as the following:

  • the school counselor role
  • the mental health counselor role
  • the fee-based pastoral counselor role

Each of these disciplines will have a separate Board, while school counselors are licensed by the Department of Education.

Perform as well as you can academically and gain substantial volunteer and work experiences that will strengthen you as a candidate.

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Future Counselor: For Kentucky High School Student or High School Graduate

Your First Step:

When pursuing an undergraduate degree, it is wise to choose a degree program in a subject such as Psychology or Social Work. Bear in mind that in order to become a school counselor in Kentucky, it is not necessary to have teaching experience or a teaching license.

Your Second Step:

Seek out work experience or volunteering opportunities in line with the counseling career.

Bachelor’s Degree College Graduates

(CACREP– The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs). Rehabilitation counseling programs are usually accredited by CORE (The Council on Rehabilitation Education).

First:

Start the application process with plenty of time to spare. Some programs will require the GRE or MAT tests, so make sure you prepare accordingly. Start developing a strong personal statement. Look into submission of references, as well.

Second:

If your plan is to become licensed as professional counselor, you will need to enter a program that includes a minimum of sixty semester hours of coursework.

If your desire is to become a guidance counselor, you should enter an approved Master’s degree program.

As a aspiring pastoral counselor, you must adhere to Kentucky’s coursework requirements; also, you may look into gaining fellowship status through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors group.

Third:

Consider joining professional organizations for powerful networking opportunities. The Kentucky Counseling Association is one viable choice.

Fourth:

Satisfy any additional requirements prior to your internship.

Fifth:

You are able to apply for an associate license upon meeting your educational requirements in mental health counseling.

School guidance counseling graduates are able to apply for a provisional license.

Sixth:

4,000 hours of supervised work experience is required for full licensing as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. A minimum of 1,375 hours will be required for licensure as a fee-based pastoral counselor.

Seventh:

You must complete the National Counselor Examination (NCE) when applying for mental health licensure

You must complete the Kentucky Pastoral Counselors Examination in order to be licensed as a fee-based pastoral counselor.

For more information on licensing requirements in Kentucky, please click here.

Kentucky Counselor Licensing Agencies 

KY Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

KY Board of Licensure and Certification of Fee-based Pastoral Counselors

Guidance Counselor Statutes – KY

We wish you the best of success in your pursuit of becoming a counselor in Kentucky.