Published on March 13, 2014
T h i s i n f o r m a t i o n i s i n t e n d e d f o r u s e i n W a s h i n g t o n s t a t e o n l y . P l e a s e s e e t h e a c c o m p a n y i n g r e s o u r c e s o n t h e a l u m n i w e b s i t e f o r l i c e n s u r e i n o t h e r s t a t e s . Counseling Licensure Information
Which license do I need? In Washington State, there are several different licenses that MACP graduates are qualified for. The Dept. of Health has information available to help decide which license you should apply for here: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/670166.pdf
LMHCA basics In WA state, most graduates will be applying as LMHCAs – Licensed Mental Heath Counselor Associates. This is the designation you will hold while accumulating hours towards full LMHC licensure. You MUST have supervision while practicing under this license.
Agency Affiliated Counselor License Another licensing option is the Agency Affiliated Counselor designation. MACP graduates may apply for this designation if they are employed by agency or facility that is licensed, operated, certified by Washington State, a federally recognized Indian tribe located within the state, or a county. You can hold this license while working towards your full LMHC designation, and there is no time limit for accumulating hours for the LMHC as there are with the LMHCA. http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewRenewo rUpdate/AgencyAffiliatedCounselor/ApplicationsandForms.aspx
How to apply for LMHCA The following must be completed in order to qualify for an associate license: Completed application with signature and date. The application and initial licensure fee of $50.00. Four (4) hours of HIV/AIDS education and training. Official transcripts sent directly from The Seattle School. Associate licenses are valid for one year and must be renewed every year on the date of issuance. The associate license may be renewed no more than six times. http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/professions/mentalhealth/licensure.htm
How to apply - continued LMHCA application forms can be found here: http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewRenewor Update/MentalHealthCounselor/ApplicationsandForms.aspx Transcript request forms can be found here: www.theseattleschool.edu/alumni/Alumni-Tools/Transcript-Requests Students can apply a couple of weeks or so prior to completion of their degree and then order official transcripts after completion of all coursework. The DOH will start processing the application right away, and wait on final approval until the transcript has been received.
How to apply - continued Page 4 of the LMHCA application form will ask you to match up the coursework you took at The Seattle School with Department of Health core content areas:
How to apply - continued Page 37 of The Seattle School Catalog provides matchups for our courses to the DOH core content areas. DOH CONTENT AREA THE SEATTLE SCHOOL COURSE # Assessment/ diagnosis CSL 544*, 545*, 538* Ethics/Law CSL 503* Counseling Individuals CSL 542*, 543* Counseling Couples and Families CSL 517* Developmental Psych. (may be child, adolescent, adult or life span): CSL 510*, 524* Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology CSL 544*, 545* Research and Evaluation CSL 516* Career Developmental Counseling CSL 511 Multicultural Concerns CSL 509* Substance/Chemical Abuse CSL 512 Abusive Relationships CSL 514, DVA 503, 506 Chronically Mentally Ill CSL 544* & 545*
Full LMHC Licensure To qualify for full LMHC licensure, you must complete the following: Minimum of 36 months of full-time counseling or three thousand (3000) hours of postgraduate mental health counseling under the supervision of an approved licensed mental health counselor. At least of 100 hours must be in immediate supervision with an approved licensed mental health counselor. At least 1200 hours must be direct counseling with individuals, couples, groups, or families. 36 hours of continuing education; 6 of which must be Ethics related. Either of the following National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) exams are accepted. National Counselor Exam (NCE). National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHCE). http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/professions/mentalhealth/licensure.htm
WA State Dept. of Health Contact Info Phone number 360.236.4700 Fax number 360.236.4818 Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail your application with initial documentation and your check or money order payable to: Department of Health PO Box 1099 Credentialing Olympia, WA 98507-1099 Send other documents not sent with initial application to: Department of Health Mental Health Counselor Associate PO Box 47877 Olympia, WA 98504-7877
Additional Links Good place for licensure and other therapist resources: http://www.counselingseattle.com/ Approved Supervisor Form: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/670090.pdf Record of Supervision and Experience Form: http://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/Pubs/670128.pdf
Additional Links National test prep resources: www.counselingexam.com http://www.nbcc.org/ncmhce http://www.nbcc.org/NCE
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