Ohio LPC Requirements

Ohio Counselor Licensing Requirements

Ohio LPC Requirements

Counselor Licensing Requirements in Ohio are specific, but with the right dedication and focus, you can get it done. We are here to detail for you the major steps to be taken. The following information outlines the steps that can be taken toward satisfying licensing requirements to work as a counselor in Ohio.

Ohio certifies counselors at several levels. When you’ve completed all of the requirements, including your supervised practice, you’ll have achieved the highest possible level of licensing, which is the Clinical Professional Counselor. Meanwhile, while you’re finishing up your post-graduate supervised practice requirements, you are considered to be a Professional Counselor.

If  your initial education is with the state, chances are, you will be asked to register as a Counselor Trainee.

All credentials require a formal background check. Any credential beyond trainee will necessitate a graduate degree and an examination process.

All the information that follows is intended to be a reference guide. If  you have questions, please contact the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board. Their number is 614-466-0912.

 

Ohio Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Professional Counselor/Clinical Resident (CR)

Title used while completing the 3,000 hours of supervised experience required for the LPCC license.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Title used after completing coursework including practicum and internship.

Registered Counselor Trainee (RCT)

Title used while enrolled in a practicum or internship in a counselor education program.

Ohio Counselor Educational Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in counseling from a CACREP-accredited program, Graduates of a Non-CACREP program must submit their transcripts for evaluation and approval by the Counselor Professional Standards Committee.

Beginning 1/1/18, all in-state applicants must hold a degree from a CACREP-accredited program; out-of-state applicants with Non-CACREP degrees may continue to submit transcripts for evaluation and approval.

100 hour practicum and 600 hour internship required.

Ohio Counselor Experiential Requirements

LPCC – Must already possess the 1st-level LPC credential; and 2 years/3,000 hours of post-master’s clinical counseling experience under the supervision of an LPCC holding the supervision credential. 50% must be clinical experience.

The supervision must include the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders; 50% of the time must be face-to-face contact delivering clinical counseling services. Supervisor will fill out an evaluation to evaluate competence to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders.

Ohio Counseling Exams Required

LPCC – NCMHCE

LPC – NCE And OH jurisprudence exam

Ohio Requirements for Out of State Applicants

(A) An applicant requesting licensure as a professional counselor or professional clinical counselor via endorsement shall submit to the board all of the following:

1.) A completed licensure application for the level of licensure for which the applicant is seeking licensure;

2.) The required fee;

3.) An official statement, which indicates applicant is currently licensed, certified, registered, or otherwise authorized to practice as a professional counselor or professional clinical counselor in another jurisdiction;

4.) An official statement from any and all jurisdictions where the applicant is currently or has been previously licensed, certified, registered, or otherwise authorized to practice as a professional counselor or professional clinical counselor indicating whether the applicant is in good standing and whether disciplinary action has been taken or is pending against the applicant;

5.) All transcripts of undergraduate and graduate education, if any;

6.) If the applicant has taken another jurisdiction’s professional counselor or professional clinical counselor licensure exam, documentation of whether the applicant passed that exam; and

7.) Any additional documentation requested by the board that would assist the board in making a determination based on paragraphs

(B)(1) to (B)(7) of this rule.

(B) The counselor professional standards committee may consider the following factors to determine whether to grant the applicant a license via endorsement:

1.) Whether the applicant possesses a degree in counseling awarded by an appropriately accredited institution whose program is clearly identified as a counseling program that confers a counseling degree;

2.) Whether the applicant’s coursework is substantially similar to Ohio’s requirement for licensure;

3.) Whether the hourly amount of applicant’s degree coursework is substantially similar to Ohio’s requirement for licensure;

4.) Whether the applicant has passed a state professional counselor or professional clinical counselor licensure exam that is substantially similar to Ohio’s examination;

5.) Whether the applicant for professional clinical counselor has substantially equivalent supervised experience required by Ohio for licensure;

6.) Whether the applicant’s license is in good standing in another jurisdiction and whether applicant has been disciplined in another jurisdiction; and

7.) The number of years the applicant has practiced as a professional counselor or professional clinical counselor in another jurisdiction.

Ohio Scope of Practice

“SCOPE OF PRACTICE FOR A PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR”

A professional clinical counselor may for a fee, salary, or other considerations:

a. Engage in all practices, principles, methods, and procedures permitted under the scope of practice for a Professional Counselor.

b. Engage, as a private practitioner, in the unsupervised diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders as defined in division (F) of section 4757.01 of the Revised Code.

c. Independently, as an employee of an agency, without supervision, perform or approve a diagnosis and/or develop or approve a treatment plan as required for record keeping, insurance purposes, accreditation, or governmental requirements.

d. Provide work supervision for professional counselors, social workers, social worker temporaries, assistant social workers, and marriage and family therapists; and supervision of chemical dependency counselors and prevention specialists as specified in chapter 4758 of the Revised Code; and training supervision for students, registered counselor trainees and registered clinical residents.

“CLINICAL COUNSELING PRINCIPLES, METHODS, OR PROCEDURES” means an approach to counseling that emphasizes the counselor’s role in systematically assisting clients through all of the following: assessing and analyzing background and current information, diagnosing mental and emotional disorders, exploring possible solutions, and developing and providing a treatment plan for mental and emotional adjustment or development. “Clinical counseling principles, methods, or procedures” includes at least counseling, appraisal, consulting, and referral.

“SCOPE OF PRACTICE FOR A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR”

A professional counselor as a private practitioner or an employee of an agency may for a fee, or salary, or other considerations:

a. “Engage in the practice of professional counseling,” means to render to individuals, groups, organizations, or the general public counseling services involving the application of clinical counseling principles, methods, or procedures to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, or career development and adjustment. The practice of professional counseling does not include the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders unless the individual is licensed as a professional clinical counselor or is supervised by a professional clinical counselor, a psychologist, psychiatrist, or an independent social worker.

b. “Apply clinical counseling principles, methods, and procedures,” means an approach to counseling that emphasizes the counselor’s role in systematically assisting clients through all of the following: Assessing and analyzing emotional conditions, exploring possible solutions, and developing and providing a treatment plan for mental and emotional adjustment or development. It may include counseling, appraisal, consulting, supervision, administration and referral.

c. Provide diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional conditions not attributable to mental and emotional disorders as defined in division (F) of section 4757.01 of the Revised Code.

d. Engage in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders as the employee of a private practitioner or an agency when under the supervision of a professional clinical counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, or independent social worker.

e. Provide training supervision for students and registered counselor trainees when services are within their scope of practice, which does not include supervision of the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.

Salary Range for Counselors in Ohio

In the state of Ohio, being a counselor can be both mentally and fiscally satisfying. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a counselor in the state of Ohio will earn between $40,200 and $64,990 per year, in addition to changing the lives of individuals in their communities.

 

Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Ohio, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Ohio 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 Counselor Licensure in Ohio

OH Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board
77 South High St.
24th Floor
Room 2468
Columbus, OH 43215-6171
614-466-0912
http://cswmft.ohio.gov/

Source: http://codes.ohio.gov

Schooling Information for Counselors in Ohio

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
Argosy University - Online
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Criminal Justice Concentration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Organizational Psychology Concentration
Argosy University - Online
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
South University, Online
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology: Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology: Performance Psychology
Grand Canyon University
  • M.S. in Christian Counseling
  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Life Coaching
Grand Canyon University
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Trauma
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Mental Health and Wellness Emphasis in Community Health Administration
Grand Canyon University
  • M.S. in Psychology: General Psychology
  • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in GeroPsychology
  • Graduate Certificate of Completion in Human Factors Psychology
Grand Canyon University
  • Psychology, MS
  • Organizational Psychology, MS
  • Psychology, PhD
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology, PhD
  • Counselor Education and Supervision, PhD
Keiser University Graduate School
  • PhD - Addiction Psychology
  • PhD - Advanced Studies in Human Behavior
  • PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited)
  • PhD - Educational Psychology
  • PhD - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Psychology
Capella University
  • BS - Psychology
Capella University
  • MS - Addiction Studies
  • MS - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • MS - Child and Adolescent Development
  • MS - Educational Psychology
  • MS - Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
  • MS - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • MS - Leadership Coaching Psychology
  • MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)
  • MS - Mental Health Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Psychology
  • MS - School Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Sport Psychology
  • MS - Studies in Human Behavior
  • MS - Applied Research
  • MS - Clinical Counseling
  • MS - Forensic Psychology
  • MS - Sex Therapy
Capella University
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.S. in Human Services / Counseling
  • B.S. in Human Services / Psychology - Health, Education, and Community Services
  • B.A. in Psychology / Human Development, Education and Health
  • B.A. in Psychology / Organizational Psychology
  • M.S. in Human Services / Clinical Counseling
  • M.S. in Human Services / Drug and Alcohol Counseling
  • M.S. in Human Services / Forensic Mental Health Counseling
Post University Online
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Counseling Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - General
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - General Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Health Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Organizational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Educational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Social Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Consulting Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Forensic Consulting
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- General Practice
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Organizational Diversity and Social Change
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Research and Evaluation
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis and Leadership Management
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - General
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Self-Designed
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis Response
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - General
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Administration and Leadership
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Child and Adolescent Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Health and Human Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - International Perspective in Developmental Psychology
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Research
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Teaching
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed
Walden University
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - Forensic Psychology in the Community
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - General
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - Mental Health Applications
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - Program Planning and Evaluation in Forensic Settings
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Forensic Psychology - Psychology and Legal Systems
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Career Counseling
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
  • MS in Psychology - Organizational Development
  • MS in Psychology - Crisis Management and Response
  • MS in Psychology - General Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Health Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Leadership Development and Coaching
  • MS in Psychology - Psychology, Public Administration and Social Change
  • MS in Psychology - Terrorism and Security
  • MS in Psychology - Psychology of Culture
  • MS in Psychology - Social Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Applied Psychology
  • MS in Psychology - Educational Psychology
Walden University
  • DBA - Industrial/Organization Psychology
  • PhD - Therapy with Military Families
  • PhD - Medical Family Therapy
  • PhD - General Family Therapy
  • PhD - Couple Therapy
  • PhD - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • PhD - Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Health Psychology
  • PhD - General Psychology
  • PhD - Gender Diversity Studies
  • PhD - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • PhD - Addictions
  • PhD - Gerontology
  • PhD - Trauma and Disaster Relief
  • DMFT - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • DMFT - Couple Therapy
  • DMFT - General Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Mental Health Administration
  • DMFT - Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • DMFT - Therapy with Military Families
Northcentral University
  • MAPsy - Gender Diversity Studies
  • MAPsy - General Psychology
  • MAPsy - Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Arts - Marriage & Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Couple Therapy
  • MAMFT - General Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
Northcentral University
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - General Psychology
  • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Addictions
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies Leadership
  • Human Service Certificates in Child and Family Services
Kaplan University Online
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Lamar University
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
Saint Leo University - Online