How to Become a Counselor in South Carolina

How to Become a Counselor in South CarolinaHave you been searching for information on how to become an LPC in South Carolina? We have compiled some important for you on your path to working as a counselor in South Carolina.

Make sure that you choose the path that is right for you. South Carolina has different levels of credentialing.

For more information on Counseling Certification, please click here.

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Future LPC: For Student in South Carolina High School or South Carolina High School Graduate

Your First Step:

Though as an undergraduate you can choose from many majors, we encourage you to consider future graduate school preferences and choose a major that is appropriate. Sociology, psychology and social work are all viable options.

Your Second Step:

Gain some useful work experience or volunteer experience that is line with 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:

Begin the important process of satisfying admission requirements. Look into the requirements of the schools that hold your interest. Do they require admission tests such as the GRE?

Second:

Those pursuing school counseling are well-advised to find programs that have Department of Education approval.

Those pursuing professional counseling usually seek out programs that contain a minimum of forty-eight semester hours. Your coursework usually must fall within ten Board-defined content areas. A minimum 150-hour practicum is usually required.

Third:

The National Counselor Examination or National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination are taken before attaining professional licensure. Those pursuing their credential in school counseling must pass the Praxis II exam.

Fourth:

Two years of working “under supervision” are part of the process of attaining LPC licensure. A candidate is licensed as an intern while completing all relevant supervised requirements. Your approved supervisor verifies hours and will render a recommendation for licensing.

For more information on South Carolina licensing, please click here.

South Carolina Counselor Agencies:

Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists

South Carolina Department of Education

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