Vermont Counselor Licensing Requirements
This page provides a Counselor Licensing Requirements Vermont outline for the rules and regulations of pursuing the proper counselor licensing requirements in Vermont. Licensure can be a detailed process, so we have attempted to simplify and streamline things for you.
Vermont Counselor Credential Titles
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)
Vermont Counselor Educational Requirements
Master’s degree or higher in counseling from an accredited institution, with a minimum of 60 semester hours and 700 hours of a supervised practicum, internship, or field experience in a clinical mental health setting. (Master’s degree must be 48 semester hours and “CACREP equivalent”.)
Vermont Counselor Experiential Requirements
2 years/3,000 hours of postmaster’s experience in clinical mental health counseling, including 2,000 hours of direct client contact. 100 hours of face-to-face supervision required. Supervision should be 1 hour per 30 client hours and 50 must be individual supervision Supervision must be under a board approved licensed mental health professional.
Vermont Counselor Exam Required
NCE and NCMHCE And VT Jurisprudence exam
Vermont Requirements for Clinical Supervisors
Vermont LCMHC Licensed as a clinical mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, physician, or osteopathic physician who has been certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Medical Specialties, with at least 3 years of clinical experience.
Vermont Requirements for Out of State Applicants
Licensure by endorsement: The board may license without requiring the applicant to take both the NCMHCE and NCE.
a. Applicants from a jurisdiction with substantially equivalent standards: if the applicant is licensed/certified in good standing as a clinical mental health counselor in another jurisdiction which currently has, in the opinion of the board, regulatory standards and qualifications for licensure/certification as a clinical mental counselor substantially equivalent to those in Vermont, the board may issue a license. The board, in this case, reviews only the current licensure statutes and rules of the jurisdiction in which the applicant
is licensed/certified; or
b. Applicants from a jurisdiction with substantially equivalent standards except for national competency examinations: if the applicant is licensed/certified as a clinical mental health counselor in good standing in an American or Canadian jurisdiction whose regulatory standards are, in the opinion of the board, substantially equivalent except for requiring only one exam, the NCMHCE or NCE, the applicant may be licensed upon successful completion of the examination the applicant was not required to take for licensing in the
other jurisdiction; or
c. Applicants in active practice in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction regardless of licensing standards: if the applicant has been licensed/ certified as a clinical mental health counselor and is in good standing in another U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction, notwithstanding the jurisdiction’s current licensing requirements, and has been in “active practice” no fewer than 5 years, the board may issue a license. “Active practice” as used in this section means practicing clinical mental health counseling more than an average of 20 hours per week for 48 weeks per year over the 5 years before application for licensure in Vermont; or
d. National Registry: If the applicant is registered in a national registry of clinical mental health counselors approved by the board under the auspices of the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) or similar organization approved by the board, the board may issue a license.
Vermont Scope of Practice
“THE PRACTICE OF CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING” means providing, for a consideration, professional
counseling services that are primarily drawn from the theory and practice of psychotherapy and the discipline of clinical mental health
counseling, involving the application of principles of psychotherapy, human development, learning theory, group dynamics, and the
etiology of mental illness and dysfunctional behavior to individuals, couples, families, and groups, for the purposes of treating
psychopathology and promoting optimal mental health. The practice of clinical mental health counseling includes diagnosis and
treatment of mental and emotional disorders, psychoeducational techniques aimed at the prevention of such disorders, consultations to
individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities and clinical research into more effective psychotherapeutic
“PSYCHOTHERAPY” means the provision of treatment, diagnosis, evaluation or counseling services to individuals or groups, for a
consideration, for the purpose of alleviating mental disorders. “Psychotherapy” involves the application of therapeutic techniques to
understand unconscious or conscious motivation, resolve emotional, relationship or attitudinal conflicts, or modify behavior which
interferes with effective emotional, social or mental functioning. “Psychotherapy” follows a systematic procedure of
psychotherapeutic intervention which takes place on a regular basis over a period of time, or, in the case of evaluation and brief
psychotherapies, in a single or limited number of interventions. If a person is employed by or under contract with the agency of human
services, this definition does not apply to persons with less than a master’s degree, to persons providing life skills training or
instruction, such as learning to make friends, to handle social situations, to do laundry and to develop community awareness, or
interactions of employees or contracted individuals with clients whose job description or contract specifications do not specifically
mention “psychotherapy” as a job responsibility or duty.
Vermont Salary Expectations
In Vermont, there are various career paths for counselors to choose from and each can be as satisfying and rewarding as the other. In the state of Vermont, a counselor can earn anywhere from $42,510 to $53,340 per year (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) depending on your field.
Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Vermont, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Vermont page for a more detailed look into the steps you will need to take to make your dream of becoming a counselor a reality.
VT Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners
89 Main Street
Montpellier, VT 05620-3402
Application fee: $125