How to Become a Counselor in Tennessee

How to Become a Counselor in TennesseeAre you interested in becoming a counselor in Tennessee?

We have compiled some highly useful information for you to assist you on your path toward licensure as a professional counselor. With the right dedication, focus, and perseverance, you can make it happen.

For more information on the differences between a psychologist and a counselor, please click here.

Future Counselor: For Student in Tennessee High School or Tennessee High School Graduate

Your First Step:

Make the best grades that you possibly can while in school as an undergraduate student. Though you really will have your choice of majors, keep in mind that many graduate school programs will look favorably on coursework in the social sciences such as Psychology and Social Work.

Your Second Step:

Gain quality experience with work or volunteer opportunities as close to the field of counseling as possible.

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 application process in advance. The GRE test may be a requirement, as well.

Second:

A sixty unit program with detailed coursework (in areas required through the Board in Tennessee) is important.

Credentials through the Department of Education for school counseling vary from the sixty semester hour mandate.

Third:

When pursuing the LPC license, one must complete experience that is supervised, of a minimum of 500 hours. At least three-hundred hours at a mental health setting or a community agency is a requirement set forth by The Tennessee Board.

Fourth:

There are usually required examinations to take. Aspiring school counselors must pass the Praxis exam. For LPC status, one must find success with the National Counselor Examination. For those seeking “mental health service provider designation,” there is a second test involved: the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination.

Fifth:

Supervised work experience is required for pursuing licensure as an LPC.

For more information on licensing in Tennessee, please click here.

Counselor-related Agencies in Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Education

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