LCPCM approached the Board of Professional Counselors to issue a clarification of the required 3000 supervised clinical hours needed to attain the LCPC license. They agreed to adopt our proposal that defines direct and indirect clinical hours and removes the concept of "adjunctive hours" altogether. This should make the required clinical hours much more attainable.
The LCPC application form has been modified accordingly by removing the previous chart and definitions.
The revised guidelines are as follows:
Revised Guidelines – July 2016
Supervised Clinical Hours Required for the LCPC license
A total of 3000 hours of supervised clinical experience is required for the LCPC license. Up to 1000 master’s level practicum hours may be included in the total 3000 hours. At least 2000 hours must be accrued after the attainment of a master’s degree.
A minimum of 1500 supervised clinical hours must be face to face hours with a client or clients, providing clinical counseling services. These hours are referred to as direct clinical hours.
The remaining 1500 supervised clinical hours of the required 3000 hours may include additional face to face services and all case management services and professional development activities related to the provision of clinical counseling services in an agency or private supervised setting. These hours are referred to as indirect clinical hours.
“Clinical counseling services involves the application of counseling principles andmethods in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of psychological problems, emotional conditions or mental conditions of individuals or groups.” (Health Occupations Title 17).
Direct Clinical Client Contact Hours: 1500 (minimum
Session time with a client and/or significant others providing face-to- face clinical counseling that includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Family counseling
- Couples counseling
- Treatment planning with client
- Crisis management/intervention
Indirect Clinical Hours: 1500 (maximum)
These hours consist of all case management and professional development activities related to the provision of clinical professional counseling services in an agency or private practice setting. The following are specific examples of clinical activities that are indirect clinical hours and may be counted toward the 3000 hour requirement.
- Intake/assessment by telephone or other means when client is not face to face
- Receiving individual and group supervision at site or at the university
- Consultation with other professionals
- Treatment planning with other professionals
- Case staffing
- Staff meetings
- Related trainings and seminars
- Record keeping
- Report writing
- Case Notes
- Providing clinical training
- Telephone triage
- Case management
- Program development
- Other clinical professional counselor administrative duties as required by the setting in which the clinical hours are accrued.
Years of Experience: 3
Three years of supervised clinical experience is required. Two of the three years of experience must be earned post master’s degree.
Total Clinical Hours: 3000
A total of 3000 hours of supervised clinical experience is required, of which 2000 hours must be acquired post master’s degree. Up to 1000 master’s level practicum hours may be included in the total 3000 hours.
Direct Clinical Client Contact Hours: 1500
A minimum of 1500 face to face clinical client contact hours are required. These are direct session times providing clinical counseling* to clients who are physically present.
Indirect Clinical Hours: 1500
A maximum of 1500 hours of indirect clinical services may be included in the required total of 3000 clinical hours. Indirect clinical hours include all case management and professional development activities related to the provision of clinical counseling services in an agency or private supervised setting.
Face to Face Clinical Supervision Hours: 100
100 hours of face to face clinical supervision by an approved supervisor is required post master’s degree. A minimum of 50 hours must be individual supervision. A maximum of 50 hours may be group supervision. An “approved supervisor”, must be an LCPC or another fully licensed mental health care provider, although a minimum of 50 of the 100 hours of clinical supervision must be provided by an LCPC approved supervisor.