How to Become a Counselor in Massachusetts

How to Become a Counselor in MassachusettsIf you are interested in how to become a Counselor in Massachusetts, you will want to become aware of standards and requirements to perform the job well.

Massachusetts licenses the following professions:

  • the mental health counselor
  • the rehabilitation counselor
  • the school guidance counselor

Many have chosen dual licensing for their pursuit.

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Future Counselor: For Student in Massachusetts High School Student or Massachusetts High School Graduate

Your First Step:

Earn the best grades that you possibly can. Though there is no specific undergraduate major that is required, we recommend that you choose a subject along the lines of Psychology or Social Work.

Your Second Step:

Gain some solid experience.

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:

Aspire to be the most competitive candidate you can be in order to impress the admission committees. Look into the option of working for a couple of years prior to applying.

Second:

Mental health counseling programs are usually composed of sixty hours. Rehabilitation counseling programs often are composed of at least forty-eight semester hours.

The initial guidance counselor license necessitates having a Master’s degree that adheres to the curriculum standards of the state.

Bear in mind that the state of Massachusetts allows for dual programs, such that school counseling could be pursued in conjunction with related psychology focuses.

Third:

Licensing exams are important. Aspiring mental health counselors should successfully pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination. An aspiring rehabilitation counselor should plan to accomplish the certification exam offered through the Commission for Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

Fourth:

One must effectively practice for two years (with a board-approved supervisor offering guidance and supervision) before being properly licensed as a mental health counselor or rehabilitation counselor.

Upon completion of the Master’s degree, one can procure the initial school counseling license.

Three years as a school counselor is required for the professional school counseling license.

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Massachusetts Counselor Licensing Agencies

Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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