South Carolina LPC Requirements

Counselor Licensing Requirements in South Carolina

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South Carolina mainly offers a couple of stages of licensing. After finishing your academic and testing criteria, you are eligible to be a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC/I). Once you complete a monitored training application, you’re able to qualify for licensure as a LPC.

This information is designed to act as a guide to help assist you understand the licensing procedure in South Carolina.

South Carolina LPC Requirements

South Carolina Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Professional Counselor Intern (LPC/I)

An applicant who has met the education and exam requirements, but not the 2 years supervised experience requirement.

South Carolina Counselor Educational Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in professional counseling or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution that includes at least 48 graduate hours, coursework in 10 content areas, and a 150 hour supervised counseling practicum.

South Carolina Counselor Experiential Requirements

Must already possess the 1st-level LPC/I credential; and 2 years/1,500 hours of full-time post-master’s supervised clinical experience in the practice of professional counseling.

The 1,500 hours must be direct counseling with individuals, couples, families, or groups.

A minimum of 150 hours of the 1,500 hours must be clinical supervision provided by a board approved LPC supervisor (100 hours must be individual supervision).

South Carolina Counseling Exams Required

NCE or NCMHCE

South Carolina Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a professional counselor with 5 years of continuous clinical experience, at least 2 years of which must be supervising clinical casework of certified or licensed counselors, 3 semester hours of graduate study in supervision, and 36 hours of individual supervision of applicant’s supervision of at least 2 LPC interns. 10 CEUs in supervision required each licensure renewal period.

South Carolina Requirements for Out of State Applicants

The board may offer licensure by endorsement with any state that credentials professional counselors and marriage and family therapists if the board finds that the state has substantially the same or higher licensure requirements.

1.) The board may license an individual who is currently credentialed or meets the requirements of a licensed professional counselor or a licensed marriage and family therapist in another jurisdiction of the United States if the individual has met the same or higher requirements.

2.) The board shall delineate in regulation procedures for verifying an applicant’s credentials from another jurisdiction.

3.) The board may not license an applicant who is under investigation in this or another jurisdiction for an act that would constitute a violation of this chapter until the investigation is complete. When deciding a case, the board shall determine what, if any, rules or discipline apply.

4.) The board may grant a license to practice professional counseling or marriage and family therapy to an applicant who has completed an educational program in a college or university in a foreign country if the applicant meets all requirements of this article and demonstrates to the satisfaction of the board that the applicant’s experience, command of the English language, and completed academic program meet the standards of a relevant academic program of an accredited educational institution within the United States. If the requirements of this item are met, the applicant must be considered to have received the education from an accredited educational institution as required by this article.

South Carolina Scope of Practice

“PRACTICE OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means functioning as a psycho-therapist and may include, but is not limited to, providing individual therapy, family counseling, group therapy, marital counseling, play therapy, couples counseling, chemical abuse or dependency counseling, vocational counseling, school counseling, rehabilitation counseling, intervention, human growth and development counseling, behavioral modification counseling, and hypnotherapy. The practice of professional counseling may include assessment, crisis intervention, guidance and counseling to facilitate normal growth and development, including educational and career development; utilization of functional assessment and counseling for persons requesting assistance in adjustment to a disability or handicapping condition; and consultation and research. The use of specific methods, techniques, or modalities within the practice of licensed professional counseling is restricted to professional counselors appropriately trained in the use of these methods, techniques, or modalities.

“ASSESSMENT” in the practice of counseling and therapy means selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting evaluative or standardized instruments; assessing, diagnosing, and treating, using standard diagnostic nomenclature, a client’s attitudes, abilities, achievements, interests, personal characteristics, disabilities, and mental, emotional, and behavioral problems that are typical of the developmental life cycle; and the use of methods and techniques for understanding human behavior in relation to, coping with, adapting to, or changing life situations. A counselor may assess more serious problems as categorized in standard diagnostic nomenclature but only if the counselor has been specifically trained to assess and treat that particular problem. If a client presents with a problem which is beyond the counselor’s training and competence, the counselor must refer that problem to a licensed professional who has been specifically trained to diagnose and treat the presenting problem. In all cases, ethical guidelines as established by the board must be followed.

Counselor Salaries in South Carolina

In the state of South Carolina, counselors love what they do. Each day they go into work they are actively improving the lives of those around them and and the state rewards them well for it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a general counselor in the state of South Carolina brings home and average salary between $31,330 and $91,200 per year.

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

SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors,
Marriage & Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists

P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, SC 29211-1329
803-896-4662
http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/counselors/

Source: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/

Schooling Information for Counselors in South Carolina

  • 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
  • Law Enforcement Academy (Police) - Bachelor
Baker College Online
  • M.S. in Addiction Counseling
  • 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, PhD
  • Psychology, MS
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology, PhD
  • Organizational Psychology, MS
  • 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
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
  • M.S. in Human Services
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.S. in Human Services
  • 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.S. in Human Services / Human Services Management
  • 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 / Non-Profit Management
  • M.S. in Human Services / Forensic Mental Health Counseling
Post University Online
  • 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
  • PhD. In Conselor Education and Supervision
  • Applied Psychology: Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
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 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)
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
  • B.S. Psychology of Human Relations
  • Master of Social Work - Advanced Track
  • Master of Social Work - Standard Track
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