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LPCC Requirements & Applications


Three routes of application for LPCC licensure are currently available:

  1. General  Application Method

  2. Reciprocity Application Method

1.  General Licensure Application Method:

148B.5301 LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR.

    Subdivision 1. General requirements. (a) To be licensed as a licensed professional clinical 

counselor (LPCC), an applicant must provide satisfactory evidence to the board that the applicant:

    (1) is at least 18 years of age;

    (2) is of good moral character;

    (3) has completed a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling or a related field, as determined by the board based on the criteria in items (i) to (x), that includes a minimum of 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours and a supervised field experience in counseling that is not fewer than 700 hours. The degree must be from a counseling program recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) or from an institution of higher education that is accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Specific academic course content and training must include coursework in each of the following subject areas:

    (i) helping relationship, including counseling theory and practice;

    (ii) human growth and development;

    (iii) lifestyle and career development;

    (iv) group dynamics, processes, counseling, and consulting;

    (v) assessment and appraisal;

    (vi) social and cultural foundations, including multicultural issues;

    (vii) principles of etiology, treatment planning, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders and dysfunctional behavior;

    (viii) family counseling and therapy;

    (ix) research and evaluation; and

    (x) professional counseling orientation and ethics;

    (4) has demonstrated competence in professional counseling by passing the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC) and ethical, oral, and situational examinations as prescribed by the board;

    (5) has earned graduate-level semester credits or quarter-credit equivalents in the following clinical content areas as follows:

    (i) six credits in diagnostic assessment for child or adult mental disorders; normative development; and psychopathology, including developmental psychopathology;

    (ii) three credits in clinical treatment planning, with measurable goals;

    (iii) six credits in clinical intervention methods informed by research evidence and community standards of practice;

    (iv) three credits in evaluation methodologies regarding the effectiveness of interventions;

    (v) three credits in professional ethics applied to clinical practice; and

    (vi) three credits in cultural diversity; and

    (6) has demonstrated successful completion of 4,000 hours of supervised, post-master's degree professional practice in the delivery of clinical services in the diagnosis and treatment of child and adult mental illnesses and disorders, conducted according to subdivision 2.

    (b) If coursework in paragraph (a) was not completed as part of the degree program required by paragraph (a), clause (3), the coursework must be taken and passed for credit, and must be earned from a counseling program or institution that meets the requirements of paragraph (a), clause (3).

    Subd. 2. Supervision. (a) To qualify as a LPCC, an applicant must have completed 4,000 hours of post-master's degree supervised professional practice in the delivery of clinical services in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses and disorders in both children and adults. The supervised practice shall be conducted according to the requirements in paragraphs (b) to (e).

    (b) The supervision must have been received under a contract that defines clinical practice and supervision from a mental health professional as defined in section 245.462, subdivision 18, clauses (1) to (6), or 245.4871, subdivision 27, clauses (1) to (6), or by a board-approved supervisor, who has at least two years of postlicensure experience in the delivery of clinical services in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses and disorders.

    (c) The supervision must be obtained at the rate of two hours of supervision per 40 hours of professional practice. The supervision must be evenly distributed over the course of the supervised professional practice. At least 75 percent of the required supervision hours must be received in person. The remaining 25 percent of the required hours may be received by telephone or by audio or audiovisual electronic device. At least 50 percent of the required hours of supervision must be received on an individual basis. The remaining 50 percent may be received in a group setting.

    (d) The supervised practice must include at least 1,800 hours of clinical client contact.

    (e) The supervised practice must be clinical practice. Supervision includes the observation by the supervisor of the successful application of professional counseling knowledge, skills, and values in the differential diagnosis and treatment of psychosocial function, disability, or impairment, including addictions and emotional, mental, and behavioral disorders.

    Subd. 5. Scope of practice. The scope of practice of a LPCC shall include all those services provided by mental health professionals as defined in sections 245.462, subdivision 18, and 245.4871, subdivision 27.

    Subd. 6. Jurisdiction. LPCC's are subject to the board's statutes and rules to the same extent as licensed professional counselors.

History: 2007 c 123 s 40

2. Conversion Application Method - conversion from active LPC 

(a) After August 1, 2014, an individual currently licensed in the state of Minnesota as a licensed professional counselor may convert to a LPCC by providing evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant has met the following requirements:

(1) is at least 18 years of age;

(2) is of good moral character;

(3) has a license that is active and in good standing;

(4) has no complaints pending, uncompleted disciplinary order, or corrective action agreements;

(5) has completed a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling or a related field, as determined by the board, and whose degree was from a counseling program recognized by CACREP or from an institution of higher education that is accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by CHEA;

(6) has earned 24 graduate-level semester credits or quarter-credit equivalents in clinical coursework which includes content in the following clinical areas:

(i) diagnostic assessment for child or adult mental disorders; normative development; and psychopathology, including developmental psychopathology;

(ii) clinical treatment planning with measurable goals;

(iii) clinical intervention methods informed by research evidence and community standards of practice;

(iv) evaluation methodologies regarding the effectiveness of interventions;

(v) professional ethics applied to clinical practice; and

(vi) cultural diversity;

(7) has demonstrated competence in professional counseling by passing the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC), and ethical, oral, and situational examinations as prescribed by the board;

(8) has demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the board, successful completion of 4,000 hours of supervised, post-master's degree professional practice in the delivery of clinical services in the diagnosis and treatment of child and adult mental illnesses and disorders, which includes 1,800 direct client contact hours. A licensed professional counselor who has completed 2,000 hours of supervised post-master's degree clinical professional practice and who has independent practice status need only document 2,000 additional hours of supervised post-master's degree clinical professional practice, which includes 900 direct client contact hours; and

(9) has paid the LPCC application and licensure fees required in section 148B.53, subdivision 3.

(b) If the coursework in paragraph (a) was not completed as part of the degree program required by paragraph (a), clause (5), the coursework must be taken and passed for credit, and must be earned from a counseling program or institution that meets the requirements in paragraph (a), clause (5).

2.  Reciprocity Licensure Application Method (from an active, clinical counselor license in another state to the Minnesota LPCC):

148B.56 RECIPROCITY.

The board may issue a license to an individual who holds a current license or other credential from another jurisdiction if the board finds that the requirements for that credential are substantially similar to the requirements in sections 148B.50 to 148B.593

History: 2003 c 118 s 10