Professional Engagement and Counseling Licensure/Certification RequirementAlexis N. Devereux
University of Alabama
Alexis N. Devereux, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Alabama
Professional Engagement and Counseling Licensure/Certification RequirementIt is important within the field of counseling to join organizations and collaborate with others to remain informed on current issues within the field. By joining organizations counselors are given the opportunity to better educate themselves in realms they can identify with or even learn more about specific topics to better assist a client. In the counseling field it is critical to be well-informed on the expectations and requirements outlined by each state on how to obtain and maintain licensure and specific certifications.
The Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC)
In 2004 the ACC (Association for Creativity in Counseling) was established for counselors, counselor educators and students pursuing a degree in counseling. This organization was created in hopes of providing its members with approaches to counseling that support positive and growing relationships between the client and counselor. Those who are interested in counseling in a way that is not only creative, but diverse and relational, ACC hopes to accommodate. This organization is committed to continuing their research to provide education on empathetic, personal and professional connections while maintaining appropriate uses of power. To become a member of ACC you must first obtain membership with ACA. Once this is completed you may then log into your ACA account and add ACC as a division. You will be provided with paperwork to obtain membership as well as provide the organization with an annual membership fee. Benefits of joining include receiving discounted member rates at any training event or creativity conference hosted by ACC as well as providing all members with access to the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. Professional development can be provided by ACC at the annual Conference and Expo where all members will have the opportunity to network, create professional connections, and engage in leadership involvement. A counselor can get involved within this organization by going to workshops and participating in conferences listed in the bi-annual ACC Newsletter. The ACC recently held their annual conference in Clearwater, Florida.
The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
The AMHCA (American Mental Health Counselors Association) is a national organization for licensed clinical mental health counselors. This organization is compelled to be the go-to for licensed professionals within this realm when seeking advocacy, education, leadership and collaboration. To become a voting member of AMHCA one must hold a master’s degree or higher in counseling from an accredited institution. The individual must also hold state licensure if available or be certified in clinical mental health counseling if licensure or certification is not available. Members must also pay a fee to the organization upon applying for membership. Benefits of becoming an AMHCA member include receiving liability insurance to students. Another benefit of member ship is that AMHCA provides access to athealth.com where you are given a discount to view a CE Catalog and additionally receive discounts to those courses. In recent news, AMHCA has begun registration for their 2019 annual conference that will be held in Virginia. The annual conference is one way to involve yourself in the organization or even by posting on the discussion board to other members. One-way AMHCA offers professional development opportunities is through the discounts they give their members towards CE’s, this allows any professional to gain knowledge in specific areas in which they are interested.
Alabama LPC Requirements
I plan to reside and practice within the state of Alabama upon completion of my degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). To obtain this level of licensure, the state of Alabama has many guidelines in place to assure accreditation. First and foremost, I would need to hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and have a minimum of 48 hours of coursework completed. There are 11 specific content areas that should be covered within these 48 hours which is included in my plan of study at the University of Alabama. Within practicum a completion of 100 hours and 40 hours of direct service are required as well as 600 hours and 240 direct hours within Internship. In Alabama I must first pass the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE). If I successfully passed this exam, I may then continue to work towards completing 3000 hours of supervised experience within the field (2250 direct hours and 750 indirect service hours) under a Supervising Counselor. Once these requirements have been met, I can then proceed to becoming a LCP by obtaining a copy of the Administrative Code and Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, which can be found on the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling website. Transcripts from the entirety of graduate training should be forwarded to the board for further review as well as three letters of recommendation from supervisors of clinical experience and someone who is familiar with my counseling skills. Once all of this has been successfully completed and my application fee has been submitted, I will then wait for board approval to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor Exam in the state of Alabama.
Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling. (2019, September 19). Retrieved from abec.alabama.gov/
American Metal Health Counselors Association. (2019, September 19). Retrieved from www.amhca.org/
The Association for Creativity in Counseling. (2019, September 19). Retrieved from https://www.creativecounselor.org/