How to Become a Counselor in Montana

How to Become a Counselor in MontanaIf you are looking for information on how to become an LPC 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.

For more information on Counseling PhD programs, please click here.

Montana LPC

Future LPC: 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

(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, 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.

Second:

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.

Third:

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.

Fourth:

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.

Fifth:

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.

For more information on licensing requirements, please click here.

Montana Counseling Organizations:

Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors

Montana Office of Public Instruction

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