How to Become a Counselor in Mississippi

If you are preparing to become an LPC in the state of Mississippi, you will need to adhere to these guidelines.

  • School counselors in Mississippi will be credentialed through the Department of Education.
  • All other counselors will receive their credentialing through the LPC Board of Examiners.
  • All counselors will need to complete a graduate education.

For more information on the differences between a psychologist and a counselor, please click here.

MS LPC

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

Your First Step:

Strongly consider majoring in one of the social sciences, as this will give you an advantage when it comes to getting into graduate school.

Make sure that you get the best grades possible.

Your Second Step:

Seek out work or volunteer experiences that give you practical experience in the field of counseling.

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:

  • It is important that counselors enroll in a graduate program that includes the mandatory coursework outlined by the Board.
  • Your program must be regionally or nationally accredited and contain at least 60 hours of coursework. Preferred programs are in some form of counseling, programs that focus on more specific forms of counseling work, as well.
  • For those interested in becoming school counselors, it is recommended that you look for programs that assist you in complete your required internship.

Second:

Those looking to acquire LPC licensing will need to complete the supervised practice requirement set by the state.

Third:

If a prospective counselor is already enrolled in a CACREP-accredited institution then you will need to complete the NCE prior to graduating. Those in programs not approved by the CACREP will need to obtain candidate status approval of the board prior to taking the exam.

Aspiring school counselors will look to complete the Praxis exam.

Fourth:

Prospective counselors will need to complete 3,500 hours of work experience, including any counseling experience gained during their graduate programs.

At least 1,750 will need to be completed after the conclusion of you graduate program.

Your supervising counselor will need to be board approved, this way the board knows the your skills have been sharpened under a trusted professional.

Once selected, you will provide the name of your supervisor to the board. The supervisor will then keep track of you experience in an outline.

Fifth:

Before applying for LPC licensing, make sure that you are up to date with the state requirements. A background check will need to be completed prior to your application. Materials are available for download at the Board’s website.

For more information on licensing in Mississippi, please click here.

Mississippi Counseling Organizations:

MS LPC Board of Examiners

MS Dept. of Edu.

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