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Future LCP: For Student in Ohio High School or Ohio High School GraduateYour First Step: Make the best grades you possibly can as an undergraduate. Strongly consider the social sciences such as Psychology and Social Work, as potential majors, to provide you appropriate training for counseling graduate school. Your Second Step: Gain some useful experience with volunteering or paid work in the counseling field. This will bolster your application materials and better inform you as to what area of counseling interests you most.
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: Begin the application process with plenty of time to spare. Second: Effectively enter a counseling program that is approved. Usually, sixty coursework semester hours in core areas are required. This sixty unit requirement is not applicable to school counselors. Third: A criminal background check is usually required. Some will require you to maintain counselor trainee status while completing your practicum/internship for counseling. This depends on the agency where you’ll be working. Fourth: You will need to successfully pass the NCE to gain licensure as a Professional Counselor. Another mandate is to write a professional disclosure statement. School counseling licensure requires you to pass the Praxis II: School Guidance and Counseling, or the NTE. Those without teaching experience of at least two years are required to accomplish a one year (under supervision) induction. Fifth: Various options for you are as follows:
- The Professional Counselor status (1)
- The Professional Clinical Counselor status (2)
- The Professional Counselor – Clinical Resident status (3)