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Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) is a licensure for mental health professionals. The exact title varies by state. Licensed Professional Counselors are one of the six types of licensed mental health professionals who provide psychotherapy in the United States. No controlled study has ever found a difference in effectiveness between therapists of different education levels or licensure.
Additional recommended knowledge
In the United States licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor occurs at the state level, and generally requires a master's degree in counseling or a related field. In addition to their education, LPC's must obtain supervised clinical experience and must pass a state licensing exam. LPC's are regulated by federal and state laws as well as their own code of ethics as developed by various national organizations such as the American Counseling Association.
Requirements for Professional Counselors
LPC licensure is recognized in 48 states in the United States., and the requirements vary from state to state. Included below is a summary of requirements found in the state of Texas LPC board as an example.
Clock hours and contact hours with clients needed to obtain licensure vary by state. For example, the state of Kansas requires a total of 340 contact hours to be completed in the course of study, while the state of Missouri does not have a requirement at all.
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