Maine LPC Requirements

Maine Counselor Licensing Requirements

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The Maine Board of Counseling Professionals has created specific requirements for professional counselors. The Licensure process can go in two directions: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

Maine Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Conditional LCPC
A license granted to an applicant for licensure as an LCPC who has met all the requirements except for the supervised clinical experience; valid for 2 years.

Conditional LPC
A license granted to an applicant for licensure as an LPC who has met all the requirements except for the supervised clinical experience; valid for 2 years.

Maine Counselor Educational Requirements

LCPC / Conditional LCPC
Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution that consists of 60 semester hours and is CACREP accredited, or consists of coursework in 10 core areas, 3 additional areas, and a practicum and internship of 900 clock hours.

LPC / Conditional LPC
Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution that consists of 48 semester hours and is CACREP or CORE accredited, or consists of coursework in 10 core areas and a practicum and internship of 600 clock hours.

Maine LPC Requirements

Maine Counselor Experiential Requirements

LCPC
2 years/3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical counseling experience. (4,000 if qualifying degree did not have practicum/internship)

To include 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 1 hour of clinical supervision per 30 hours of client contact with an approved supervisor.

LPC
2 years/2,000 hours of post-master’s supervised counseling experience.

To include 1,000 hours of direct counseling and 67 hours of supervision with an approved supervisor.

Maine Counselor Examinations

LCPC
NCMHCE

LPC, Conditional LCPC, and Conditional LPC
NCE

Maine Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a clinical professional counselor, marriage and family therapist, pastoral counselor, master social worker conditional (clinical), clinical social worker, certified social-worker- independent practice, psychologist, or psychiatrist, not under suspension or probation, who is approved to provide supervision to the conditional licensee through meeting one of the following additional criteria: licensed practice for a minimum period of 5 years (not more than 2 years of practice as an entry-level conditional licensee), certification by a national professional organization in training and/or supervision, or 30 contact hours of training in supervision.

Maine Requirements for Out of State Applicants

Pathway 1 – An applicant who is licensed under the laws of a jurisdiction that has a reciprocal agreement with the Board of Counseling Professionals may obtain a license under the terms and conditions as agreed upon through the reciprocal agreement. Currently, Maine has not entered into any reciprocal agreements with other jurisdictions.

Pathway 2 – An applicant who is licensed in good standing at the time of application to the board under the laws of a jurisdiction that has not entered into a reciprocal agreement with the Board of Counseling Professionals may qualify for licensure by submitting evidence to the board that the applicant has actively practiced with a substantially equivalent license for at least 5 consecutive years immediately preceding application to the board at the level of licensure applied for in this state.

Pathway 3 – An applicant who does not meet these requirements may qualify for licensure by submitting evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant’s qualifications for licensure are substantially similar to Maine’s requirements for licensure.

Scope of Practice

“CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR” means a professional counselor who renders or offers to render for a fee, monetary or otherwise, to individuals, families, groups, organizations or the general public, a counseling service involving the application of the principles and procedures of counseling to assess and treat intrapersonal and interpersonal problems and other dysfunctional behaviors and to assist in the overall development and adjustment of those served.

“PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR” means a person who, for a fee, monetary or otherwise, renders or offers to render to individuals, families, groups, organizations or the general public a service involving the application of principles and procedures of counseling to assist those served in achieving more effective personal, emotional, social, educational and vocational development and adjustment.

Salary Expectations for Counselors in Maine

In the state of Maine, counselors can earn between $34,210 and $86,170 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

ME Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
#35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-624-8674

http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/index.shtml

LCPC License: $250
LPC License: $250
Conditional LCPC License: $150
Conditional LPC License: $200
Registered Counselor biennial renewal fee: $75
Criminal Background Check: $21
Marriage and Family License: $250
Pastoral License: $250

Sources:
http://www.maine.gov/pfr/olr
http://web.oru.edu

Schooling Information for Counselors in Maine

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
South University, Online
  • Law Enforcement Academy (Police) - Bachelor
Baker College Online
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology, PhD
  • Organizational Psychology, MS
  • Psychology, MS
  • Psychology, PhD
  • Counselor Education and Supervision, PhD
Keiser University Graduate School
  • DSW - Social Work
  • 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
  • BS - Psychology Pre-Counseling
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
  • MSW - Social Work
Capella University
  • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (60 hours)
  • Master of Education – School Counseling (Licensure)
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Religion – Pastoral Counseling
  • Doctor of Ministry – Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling - Children, Families, and the Law
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Addictions and Recovery
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship and Church Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Marriage and Family
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Military Resilience
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Theology
  • Applied Psychology: Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Worship Studies: Pastoral Counseling
Liberty University - Online
  • Master of Social Work
University of Southern California - Online
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Health 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 Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Advanced Research
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Community & Social Service
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Disaster, Crisis & Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Family Studies & Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - General
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Gerontology
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Global Social Services
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Higher Education
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Mental Health Facilitation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Military Family & Culture
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Ph.D Human & Social Services General
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Advanced Research
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Community and Social Services
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Family Studies and Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - General
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Gerontology
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Global Social Services
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Higher Education
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Human Services Nonprofit Administration
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Mental Health Facilitation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Military Families and Culture
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Social Policy Analysis and Planning
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology - Human Resource Management
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology - International Business
  • PhD in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - Developmental Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - General Research Psychology (Research Option)
  • PhD in Psychology - General Teaching Psychology (Teaching Option)
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Human Services Nonprofit Admin
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Social Policy & Analysis & Planning
Walden University
  • 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 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
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work in Healthcare
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work with Children & Families
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Cybercrimes
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Family Violence
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Military
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Police Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Self-Design
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Sex Offenders Behavior
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Terrorism
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Gerontology
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Mental Health Facilitation
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Military Families and Culture
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
  • 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
  • Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
  • Master of Science in Health Psychology
  • Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Northcentral University
  • MSPY - Addictions
  • MSPY - General Psychology
  • MSPY - Industrial/Organizational Psychology Specialization
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • MSHUS- Organizational and Social 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
  • B.S. Human Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Pre-Social Work
  • Master of Social Work - Advanced Track
  • Master of Social Work - Standard Track
  • B.S. Psychology of Human Relations
Indiana Wesleyan University - Online
  • Master of Science in Psychology (Non-Clinical)
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BA in Psychology
  • BA in Psychology - Clinical/Counseling
Saint Leo University - Online
  • BS - Human Services
Colorado State University - Global