Missouri LPC Requirements

Counselor Licensing Requirements in Missouri

Counselor Licensing Requirements Missouri are important to follow. For the state of Missouri, we want to ensure that you have the important information needed to conduct intelligent decision-making about gaining your licensure to become a licensed professional counselor.

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You can receive your counseling license from the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors at the level of Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (once you have finished schooling, passed an test, and turned in your paperwork), and for your license as an LPC, after you have successfully met all requirements pertaining to your experience level.

The information we have provided on this website is an overview to help you through counseling licensure requirements in Missouri. Whenever you have inquiries, or want to ensure that you’re headed in the right direction, please contact the the Missouri Division of Professional Registration.

Missouri Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Counselor-in-Training – Issued automatically when supervision is registered and approved and all other requirements are met.

Missouri LPC Requirements

Missouri Counselor Education Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in counseling, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology from a regionally accredited college/university, with at least 48 semester hours reflecting the CACREP or CORE curriculum and a practicum, internship, or field experience consisting of 6 semester hours in the practice of counseling.

Missouri Counselor Experiential Requirements

2 years/3,000 hours of post-master’s continuous counseling experience (full or part-time), to be completed within 60 months. 1,200 hours must be direct client contact.

30 hours of post-master’s study may be substituted for 1,500 of the 3,000 hours.

If obtained a doctorate or specialist’s degree: 1 year/1,500 hours of counseling experience (full or part-time), to be completed within 36 months. 600 hours must be direct client contact.

For both degree paths: 15 hours of supervised counseling experience per week is required, with 1 hour a week of face-to-face supervision. If electronic supervision is continuously interactive, it can count towards required hours. Supervision must be under an LPC or licensed psychologist or psychiatrist approved and registered with the board.

Missour Counseling Exams Required

NCE

Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a professional counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist for at least 2 years and training and experience in counseling and in supervisory activities involving counseling with a resume or vitae detailing coursework, supervision training, and experience as a supervisor. Supervisor must be approved and registered with the board and the supervision agreement must be approved by the board.

Requirements for Out of State Applicants

337.510.3 RSMo of the Missouri law defines licensure by reciprocity as follows:

  • Currently be licensed in another state with no discipline and;
  • Approval by the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) or its successor organization according to the eligibility criteria established by AASCB. The successor organization shall be defined by board rule; or
  • In good standing and currently certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) or its successor organization and has completed acceptable supervised counseling experience defined by board rule. The successor organization shall be defined by board rule; or
  • Determined by the board that the requirements of the other state or territory are substantially the same as Missouri and certified by the applicant’s current licensing entity that the applicant has a current license. The applicant shall also consent to examination of any disciplinary history.

Scope of Practice

“PRACTICE OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means rendering, offering to render, or supervising those who render to individuals, couples, groups, organizations, institutions, corporations, schools, government agencies, or the general public any counseling service involving the application of counseling procedures, and the principles and methods thereof, to assist in achieving more effective intrapersonal or interpersonal, marital, decisional, social, educational, vocational, developmental, or rehabilitative adjustments; “Professional counseling”, includes, but is not limited to:

  • The use of verbal or nonverbal counseling or both techniques, methods, or procedures based on principles for assessing, understanding, or influencing behavior (such as principles of learning, conditioning, perception, motivation, thinking, emotions, or social systems);
  • Appraisal or assessment, which means selecting, administering, scoring, or interpreting instruments designed to assess a person’s or group’s aptitudes, intelligence, attitudes, abilities, achievement, interests, and personal characteristics;
  • The use of referral or placement techniques or both which serve to further the goals of counseling;
  • Therapeutic vocational or personal or both rehabilitation in relation to coping with or adapting to physical disability, emotional disability, or intellectual disability or any combination of the three;
  • Designing, conducting, and interpreting research;
  • The use of group methods or techniques to promote the goals of counseling;
  • The use of informational and community resources for career, personal, or social development;
  • Consultation on any item in paragraphs (a) through (g) above; and
  • No provision of sections 337.500 to 337.540, or of chapter 354 or 375, RSMo, shall be construed to mandate benefits or third- party reimbursement for services of professional counselors in the policies or contracts of any insurance company, health services corporation or other third-party payer.

Salary Expectations for Missouri Counselors

In the state of Missouri, counseling can be a very viable option to earn a living. Missouri counselors, on average, bring home between $36,210 and $51,870 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

MO Committee for Professional Counselors
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-0018
http://pr.mo.gov/counselors.asp

Application fee: $150
Registration of Supervision fee: $100

Background Fingerprint Check (if done electronically through L-1 Enrollment Services): $52.20

www.l1id.com

Other helpful resources include:

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Schooling Information for Counselors in Missouri

  • Law Enforcement Academy (Police) - Bachelor
Baker College Online
  • Psychology, MS
  • Organizational Psychology, MS
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
  • PhD - Behavioral Analysis
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 - 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
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage and Family
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Pastoral Counseling
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
  • MA: Addictions Counseling
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Parenting and Child/ Adolescent
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Parent and Child/Adolescent
  • MDV: Pastoral Counseling
Liberty University - Online
  • 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 - Research
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Teaching
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed
  • 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 Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Human Services Nonprofit Admin
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Social Policy & Analysis & Planning
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Administration & Leadership
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Adult Development & Gerontology
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Health & Human Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - International Perspectives in Developmental Psychology
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
  • 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
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - General
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Community and Social Services
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Global Social Services
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
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Lamar University
  • MS in Psychology
  • MS in Psychology with concentration in Forensic Psychology
  • MS in Psychology: Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
  • MS in Psychology: Industrial - Organizational Psychology
Southern New Hampshire University - Online
  • BA Psychology
  • BA Psychology w/conc in Addictions
  • BA Psychology w/conc in Applied Psychology
  • BA Psychology w/conc in Child & Adolescent Development
  • BA Psychology w/conc in Forensic Psychology
  • BA Psychology w/conc in Mental Health
  • BA Psychology w/conc in Social Psychology
Southern New Hampshire University - Online
  • BS - Human Services
Colorado State University - Global