How to Become a Counselor in Maine

How to Become a Counselor in MaineFor people looking to become an LPC in the state of Maine, it is important to be aware of the requirements for the state.

  • Those who have acquired their graduate education are eligible to become a few kinds of counselors. Like most states, school counselors will receive their licensing from the Department of Education, but all counselors are able to become fully credentialed LPC’s in Maine.
  • Counselors specializing in mental health can become Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor’s if they complete the supplementary classes and work experience required.
  • Meanwhile, the Board of Counseling Professionals will license all pastoral counselors.
  • Furthermore, the Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors will license addiction counselor in the state. Although not required, a graduate education will greatly reduce the amount of overseen practice required following commencement from you program.

For more information on a Master’s in Counseling, please click here.

Maine LPC

Future LPC: For Maine High School Student or High School Graduate

Your First Step:

Choose an undergraduate major that interests you, but that is preferably in one of the social sciences, such as Psychology or Social Work. Discover in advance what the graduate schools are going to require. Figure out a game plan for your future career as a Counselor.

Your Second Step:

Find either paid or volunteer opportunities to gain valuable experience for your graduate program application.

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:

  • For people looking to become a clinical counselor, your best option is to enroll in a mental health counseling program with a minimum of 60 hours of coursework. Although other forms of counseling degrees are accepted, you will be required to meet all the course work standards and complete 900 hours of an internship.
  • People looking to become a pastoral counselor will need to enroll in a program that gets them ready for a career in the ministry. On top of religious based requirements that will need to be met, aspiring pastoral counselors will need to finish 20 semester hours that are mandated by the board. The required coursework can be in areas such as psychology, counseling, theology, or ethics. Your program must also allow you to have 400 hours of supervised work experience where you minister those in need.
  • If you happen to be interested in another form of counseling you can enroll in a program that consists of only 48 hours of coursework. Your degree program can be in rehabilitation or another form of counseling like art therapy. Those looking to pursue a non-clinical license will need to complete 600 hours of an internship.
  • For drug and alcohol counseling the requirements are not a strict. But, or those who are looking for flexibility in their careers, you may want to complete a counseling degree and become certified in addiction counseling.

Second:

You will need to find a suitable internship for your work experience.

Third:

Though who pass a licensing exam and complete the mandatory paperwork will be able to apply for temorary licensing as spiritual or professional counselor.

Fourth:

Individuals looking to become a clinical or pastoral counselor must complete 3,000 hours of overseen practice over the course of at least two years. Your supervisor will help you create a suitable supervision plan to help complete your hours in a timely manner.

Fifth:

You are going to be required to complete the NCMHCE if you are looking to become a fully licensed clinical or pastoral counselor.

Those looking to become substance abuse counselors will need to complete the Advanced ADC Examination

Sixth:

The Board of Counseling Professionals will require references and a professional disclosure statement.

A list of references and a professional disclosure statement will be needed by the Board of Counseling Professionals prior to receiving licensure.

For more information about licensing in Maine, please click here.

Counselor Licensing and Certification Agencies in Maine

Maine Board of Professional Counselors

Maine Board of Substance Abuse Counselors

Maine Dept. of Edu.

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