Counselor Licensing Requirements in Kansas
We want to provide you a Counselor Licensing Requirements Kansas outline so that you know what it takes to successfully meet your requirements for licensure in Kansas.
In the state of Kansas there are two types of licensed counselors: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Both types of counselors require education, but the LCPC license has more demanding coursework criteria.
You will also need administered work experience to continue moving up the ranks.
Kansas Counselor Credential Titles
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
May diagnose and treat mental disorders independently.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
May practice under the direction of an LCPC, licensed psychologist, a person licensed to provide mental health services as an independent practitioner and whose license allows for diagnoses and treatment of mental disorders, or a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery.
Kansas Counselor Education Requirements
In addition to, or as part of the graduate degree – completion of 15 credit hours supporting diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders with use of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic and statistical manual, and a graduate level supervised clinical practicum of professional experience.
60 graduate semester hours, including a master’s degree in counseling, from a university approved by the board that consists of 45 graduate semester hours distributed among 10 core categories (this includes a supervised practicum).
Kansas Counselor Experiential Requirements
Licensed as an LPC or meets all requirements to be licensed as an LPC; and 4,000 hours of supervised clinical professional counseling experience under an approved clinical training plan, which includes 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of clinical supervision (50 must beindividual supervision).
Kansas Counselor Examinations
Kansas Requirements for Clinical Supervisors
Licensed as a clinical professional counselor for at least 2 years, 4,000 hours in a clinical setting, 1,500 hours of direct client supervision, and 150 hours of supervision.
Kansas Requirements for Out of State Applicants
Licensure through reciprocity: The board may issue a license to an individual who is currently registered, certified, or licensed to practice professional counseling in another jurisdiction if the board determines that:
1.) The standards for registration, certification, or licensure to practice professional counseling in the other jurisdiction are substantially equivalent to the requirements of Kansas OR
2.) The applicant demonstrates on forms provided by the board compliance with continuous registration, certification, or licensure to practice professional counseling during the five (5) years immediately preceding the application with at least the minimum professional experience as established by rules and regulations of the board and the absence of disciplinary actions of a serious nature brought by a registration, certification, or licensing board or agency; and
3.) A master’s degree in counseling from a regionally accredited college/university.
Applicants for licensure as a clinical professional counselor shall additionally demonstrate competence to diagnosis and treat mental disorders through meeting at least two of the following:
1.) Either graduate coursework as established by rules and regulations of the board or passing a national clinical examination approved by the board;
2.) Three (3) years of clinical practice with demonstrated experience in diagnosing or treating mental disorders;
3.) Attestation from a professional licensed to diagnose and treat mental disorders in independent practice or licensed to practice medicine and surgery stating that the applicant is competent to diagnose and treat mental disorders.
Scope of Practice
“LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means a person who engages in the independent practice of professional counseling including the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders specified in the edition of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders of the American psychiatric association designated by the board by rules and regulations and who is licensed under this act.
“PRACTICE OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means assisting an individual or group for a fee, monetary or otherwise, through counseling, assessment, consultation and referral and includes the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders as authorized under the professional counselors licensure act.
- “Assessment” means selecting, administering, scoring and interpreting instruments designed to describe an individual’s aptitudes, abilities, achievements, interests and personal characteristics.
- “Consultation” means the application of principles, methods and techniques of the practice of counseling to assist in solving current or potential problems of individuals or groups in relation to a third party.
- “Referral” means the evaluation of information to identify problems and to determine the advisability of referral to other practitioners.
“PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means to assist an individual or group to develop understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses, to restructure concepts and feelings, to define goals and to plan actions as these are related to personal, social, educational and career development and adjustment.
Salary Overview for Counselors in the state of Kansas
In the state of Kansas, there is a lot of opportunities available for those willing to dedicate themselves to their career. Counselors in the state find career fulfillment in multiple aspects of their career with one of those aspects being salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a general counselor in Kansas will bring home a median salary between $30,950 and $49,880 per year.
Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Kansas, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Kansas page for a more detailed look into the steps you will need to take to make your dream of becoming a counselor a reality.
Additional Information About LPC Requirements in Kansas
KS Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
712 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
LPC/LCPC Application fee: $100
LPC/LCPC License: $150
LPC Temporary License: $150