If you are looking for information on how to become a counselor in Montana, please read on for details on standards and requirements.
You will need a Master’s degree in order to work as a school counselor or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Montana.
Work hard as an undergraduate. Get good grades and plenty of helpful experience.
Future Counselor: For Montana High School Student or High School Graduate
Your First Step:
When completed your graduate education it is important to strive for high marks in you classes. Graduate school is highly competitive and it’s best to be prepared. When it comes to majors, it is recommended that you major in subjects like psychology or education, although other majors are accepted.
Your Second Step:
Seek valuable volunteer or paid experience in the field of counseling.
Your Third Step:
Begin your application and make sure to include letters of reference from supervisors and professors.
Bachelor’s Degree College Graduates
For people looking to become a clinical counselor, he or she must complete a graduate program from an accredited institution with at least 60 hours of coursework.
School counselors in the state should enroll in a K-12 graduate program that allows the student to complete 600 hours of supervised practice. School counselors will not have to complete a program that has 60 credit hours, but may do so to fulfill LCPC requirements.
For those looking to become LCPC’s, you will have to complete at least 3,000 hours of supervised practice. Work done through a university may count towards this requirement.
1,500 of the hours required to become and LCPC will need to be complete post-graduation, with 1,000 hours occurring in a clinical setting.
Check with the Board to see if any previous volunteer hours can be used towards clinical hours.
In order to receive LCPC status, a prospective counselor must complete the NCE or NCMHCE examinations.
School counselors will not be required to complete any examination.
All counselors will be required to complete a background check. Those looking for clincial licensing will need letter of nomination. For any materials visit the Board’s website.
Montana Counseling Organizations:
We wish you the best of success in your pursuit of becoming a counselor in Montana.