How to Become a Counselor in Rhode Island

How to Become a Counselor in Rhode IslandHave you been looking for information on how to work as a Rhode Island counselor?

We have compiled much helpful information for your path on eventually becoming a Rhode Island counselor.

For more information on Counselor Education Programs, please click here.

Future Counselor: For Student in Rhode Island High School Student or Rhode Island High School Graduate

Your First Step:

Gain substantial volunteer or work experience in counseling. Look at opportunities in clinics, schools, hospitals and community centers.

Your Second Step:

Though you truly have your choice of undergraduate majors, we recommend something highly relevant in the social sciences such as Psychology or Social Work.

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:

Plan to gather all application materials and meet requirements with plenty of time to spare. It may be mandatory to take a test such as the GRE. Gather your official transcripts and prepare to accomplish a well-written essay when requested. Professional references will often be requested.

Second:

Those who pursue school counseling will enter a Master’s degree program at an  institution that preferably has regional accreditation. The program must have a minimum of a 300 hour practicum. CACREP-accreditation can be very important.

Those aspiring to the level of mental health counselor also want to enter Master’s degree program with regional accreditation. You must accrue a minimum of sixty semester hours.

Third:

When pursuing becoming a mental health counselor, Rhode Island will require a practicum of twelve semester hours and a year-long internship.

Fourth:

For those whose goal is mental health counseling, working “post-degree” under supervision for two years is required.

Fifth:

Aspiring mental health counselors should plan to take the NCMHCE test.

For more information on licensing in Rhode Island, please click here.

Rhode Island Counseling Agencies:

School Counselor Certificate

Department of Health – Licensing Mental Health Professionals

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