How to Become a Counselor in Nevada

Before pursuing a career as an LPC in the state of Nevada, you should be aware of the states requirements. In Nevada, there are a few organizations that give counselors their credentials:
  • LCPC’s in the state of Nevada will be credentialed by the Board for Marriage and Family Therapists.
  • Those interested in school counseling will gain licensing from the Department of Education.
  • Substance abuse counselors will gain licensing from the Board of Examiners for Drug, Alcohol, and Gambling Counselors in the state of Nevada.
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Future LPC: For Nevada High School Student or High School Graduate

Your First Step: Choose an appropriate major based on your interests and your direction of wanting to become a counselor. Strive to make good grades. Graduate schools for counseling tend to be very competitive. Keep in mind that if you are at least 21 years old and are enrolled as a student in an appropriate program, you can gain internship status by receiving approval from the the Nevada Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Counselors; this is excellent experience to add to your repertoire of skills. Your Second Step: Gain some valuable experience in the behavioral sciences, at either a paid or volunteer capacity. How to Become a Counselor in Nevada

Bachelor’s Degree College Graduates

(CACREP– The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs). Rehabilitation counseling programs are usually accredited by CORE (The Council on Rehabilitation Education). First: When constructing a purpose for pursuing counseling, make sure to take note of past experiences and what your goals are as a counselor. Be sure to be specific in your reasoning as the Board will like to know. Second: Those interested in becoming a school counselor should enroll in a program at the Master’s level or higher. In order to pursue a career as a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counselor, you should enter a graduate program in social sciences that meets the requirements in Nevada. Third: While completing the required coursework and experience hours, make sure to look into clubs, or honor societies that may include you in a like-minded community. Fourth:
  • Interested parties will apply for examination eligibility with the Nevada Board. Once you have complete the required exam you will be able to start you overseen practice.
  • Be sure to include letters of reference and your academic transcripts with your application.
  • Ensure that your supervisor is board approved.
  • You will need to complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of work experience.
  • People looking to become LADC’s in Nevada will need to take a written and oral exam. The written portion is the MAC. Once you are registered for the examination, you may apply for a temporary license.
  • For addiction counseling, the number of hours you will need to complete will depend on your education. People with 12 hours of addiction credits will only require 1,500 hours of experience.
  • School counselors will be required to take a law examination and an exam called the Praxis.
Individuals Who Completed Graduate School: Those who have been educated in fields such as social work or psychology will be able to receive more credentials in addiction counseling. For more information on Nevada licensing, please click here.

Nevada Counseling Organizations

NV Dept. of Edu. We wish you the best of success in your pursuit of becoming a counselor in Nevada.