How to Become a Counselor in North Dakota

Becoming a counselor in North Dakota will take a bit of work. Most of the licenses for counselor in the state of North Dakota will require that you successfully complete your Master’s degree. With the right dedication and focus, you can make it happen.

If you want to be eligible for independent practice, you will usually need to have your graduate degree.

For more information on mental health counseling organizations, please click here.

Future Counselor: For Student in North Dakota High School or North Dakota High School Graduate

Your First Step:

Choose work and volunteer opportunities to learn more about counseling. Begin to fine-tune what areas of counseling would appeal to you the most. Begin to develop your career plans.

Your Second Step:

Choose an undergraduate major that really fits you; but we highly recommend that you consider one of the social sciences such as Psychology and Social Work.

The American School Counselor Association in North Dakota looks favorably at  experience in human services or education.

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:

The highest level of practice for professional counselors is Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. The level of license that you attain can have some bearing on reimbursement payments, so carefully do your research to find what is best for you. Typically, you will be looking at sixty semester hours. You will study such areas as clinical counseling and correct use of the DSM. The 800 hour minimum of clinical experience is usually a requirement.

For other areas of professional counseling, the degree expectations could be forty-eight semester hours. Investigate program specifics at the schools of your choice.

Second:

You will eventually apply for your Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. In this capacity, you are able to implement counseling in an “under supervision” mode. A criminal background check is customary and you will be required to have three letters of recommendation.

One must successfully pass the National Counselor Examination.

Third:

One will eventually be able to qualify for their LPC status once accruing 400 hours of direct client care and direct supervision of one hundred hours.

Fourth:

Pursuit of the LPCC license will require supervised practice of 3,000 hours. One must successfully pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination.

For more information on licensing in North Dakota, please click here.

North Dakota Counseling Groups:

North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners

North Dakota School Counselor Credentials

North Dakota Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners

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