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Counselor Licensure Requirements in Texas

The Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors credentials counselors at two levels. Once you have completed all requirements, including post-masters supervised practice, you will become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). While you are in the process of completing requirements, you will work as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-I).

This information is intended to be a guide to pursuing a counseling license in Texas. If at any point you have questions about the process or to make sure you are on the correct course, contact the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors at lpc@dshs.state.tx.us or call (512) 834-6658

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You will need a total of at least 48 semester hours of coursework. You must have courses in each of the following areas:

  • Normal human growth and development
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Counseling theories
  • Appraisal or assessment techniques
  • Counseling methods or techniques
  • Research
  • Social, cultural, and family issues
  • Lifestyle and career development
  • Professional orientation

You will also need to complete an internship of at least 300 hours that includes at least 100 hours of direct client work. If you have a practicum that is primarily about appraisal, you cannot use it to meet this requirement.

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LPC Application FAQ

For Licensure Application Forms and related material: Click Here

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/OC/htm/OC.503.htm. You will need to accrue at least 1,000 client contact hours. If your graduate degree is in a related field, and not actually in art therapy, your supervised practice requirement will be 2,000 hours.

You will also need to pass the National Certification Examination in Art Therapy. This is administered by the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

becoming a counselor in Texas.

Application packets should be sent to the following address:

Licensed Professional Counselors
PO Box 149347
MC 2003
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

You may also want to become a member of a professional organization like the:

  • Texas Counseling Association (http://www.txca.org)
  • North Texas Art Therapy Association (http://www.ntata.org)
  • South Texas Art Therapy Association (http://www.stxarttherapy.org)

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