How do i get licensed as an lPC in georgia?
Step-by-step process for becoming a licensed professional counselor
I served for 7 years on the GA Composite Board , enforcing GA LPC Requirements and processing over 7000 LPC/LAPC applications. This information is accurate. I provide LPC supervision , approved ethics workshops for LPC SW and MFT andprivate ethics consultation. NOTE: important info for GA LPC CPCS Supervisors critical for board rules. How difficult is it to get licensed as an LPC, LCSW or MFT in Georgia? It is not difficult, but you must plan and think it through properly. In Georgia, these licenses are administered by the Secretary of State's office (in other states for example, they may be handled by the State Board of Health). Whichever is the case, licensing boards including the Georgia Composite Board of Professional of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists are moving towards stricter requirements. The specific licensing steps outlined here apply to GA APC and LPC only. This will also be very helpful if you are moving from another state and trying to get licensed in Georgia. Read the Composite Board rules. Study them carefully. Study them as if they were a text book. Start by reading the "Definitions" section. The purpose of this blog is to address the difficult questions.
Your Graduate Degree
It is critical for you to choose an eligible school and academic program. Factors to remember are:
Degree Program Coursework
Now that you have met school and degree requirements, you must meet specific course requirements. Note that if you complete your degree after September 30 2018, you will be required to have completed courses in all 9 of the following content areas. So hurry and complete that degree and you will only need to complete 6 out of 9 content areas.
Extremely important: regardless of whether you must complete 6 or 9 of the content areas, one of those courses must include diagnosing. If "diagnose" is not actually in the course name but you learned diagnosing as part of the course, obtain a copy of the course description from the university bulletin. (Notice course content area IX, "Psychopathology".)
Board Rules and List of Course Requirements
Counseling/Psychotherapy Theory, which includes the principles, concepts, and practice of counseling/psychotherapy and the major models of counseling/psychotherapy.
A Counseling or Applied Psychology Practicum or Internship as part of the graduate degree program.
Courses in six (6) of the following nine (9) content areas, after September 30, 2018, all 9 content areas of the following course work are required:
Post masters Hours and Years Requirements
Directed Experience ("Direction")
Directed Experience is your work. Your counseling place of employment. Georgia's Composite board is becoming increasingly stringent with work settings. Too many counselors were trying to fly under the radar with work settings that are essentially private practice but provide little or no employer/employee oversight. The board has closed the door on that. Your best bet is to seek W-2 employment. If you decide to seek something less structured or a 1099 compensation it may be acceptable to the board. Just be sure there exists a legal relationship which provides for hiring and termination. This is essential for meeting GA LPC requirements.
Clinical Supervision ("Supervision")
In addition, your supervisor must eligible and acceptable to the board. They must be three years post licensure. Current rules state that after September 30 2018 will require your supervisor to have a state or national supervisor credential. If you are relocating to Georgia you will either need a Georgia CPCS (Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor) or Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) which is a national credential. The CPCS is issued and maintained by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA) and the ACS by the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Direction and Supervision Must be Simultaneous
Now that I have defined Direction and Supervision, you must be under supervision and direction simultaneously. Practice without supervision is not allowed. It is interpreted by the board as unlicensed practice for which there are serious consequences. Any hours which are not will be ineligible to use toward your post masters hours and years requirements. They will be not count towards your license. The years and hours depends upon the level of your graduate degree. Please review the rules for details.
Georgia application for APC and LPC
Download the application for LAPC and LPC. Depending on which license you're applying for. you will need the following forms:
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Board Review and Outcome
The GA Composite Board of LPC SW and MFT does not pre-review applications. Questions about applications are generally not addressed via telephone. The applications are processed in the context of the official meetings. You must submit all required documents. If your application is denied you may appeal. You may also request a face to face meeting at the board offices in Macon GA. Use the meeting to clarify what the board may have missed in their review. Together, you can review again whether you have met GA LPC requirements. Remember: The GA Composite Board is overwhelmed with work so submit a clean and clear application. Best wishes. Some applications are complex. I provide consultation services and can often assist with sorting through unique situations.