I completed a graduate degree in school counseling and want to become a mental health counselor. How can I meet the education requirements for licensure?
An applicant for licensure as a mental health counselor must meet the requirements for a master’s or higher degree in “counseling” that includes specified content in mental health counseling. A degree that qualifies for certification as a school counselor generally is not sufficient to meet the requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor. You must complete additional graduate course work, including supervised internship in mental health counseling, to meet the requirements for licensure. Depending on your initial degree and course content, you may need to complete a new degree or graduate course work. For instance, an applicant with a master’s in school psychology may be required to earn a graduate degree in counseling, with required content. An applicant with a degree in school counseling, on the other hand, may need to complete additional graduate course work and/or supervised internship. • An education program registered as licensure-qualifying in mental health counselin
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