Indiana Counseling License

Counselor Licensing Requirements in Indiana

We want to provide you some essential information about Counselor Licensing Requirements Indiana to help you become properly licensed as a counselor in Indiana.

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For you to become a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) by the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board, you are going to have to meet requirements for the following categories: education, supervised practice, and examination.

You will gain information here that will be your guide through the process of most of the counseling licensure requirements in Indiana. To make sure that you are on the correct track and are completing the process correctly, contact the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board via email at: [email protected] or call them at: (317) 234-2064.

Indiana Counseling License

Indiana Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

 Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) A counselor performing under supervision as a part of the supervised experience requirement (required after July 1, 2014) – cannot apply for until AFTER degree is conferred

Illinois Counselor Educational Requirements

Master’s degree or higher in an area related to mental health counseling from a CACREP or CORE accredited program, or “equivalent program,” from a regionally accredited institution which includes a minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate coursework in counseling in 12 specified content areas.

Completion of a practicum (100 hours), internship (600 hours), and advanced internship (300 hours) with at least 100 hours of face-to-face supervision.

An area related to mental health counseling includes counseling, clinical social work, psychology, human services, human development, family relations, or programs accredited by CACREP or CORE.

Illinois Counselor Experiential Requirements

3,000 hours of postgraduate supervised clinical experience over a 21-48 month period. Does not start to count until approved as an LMHCA 100 hours of face-to-face supervision under an LMHC or equivalent supervisor is required.

Illinois Counselor Examinations

LMHC

NCMHCE

LMHCA

NCE

*If passing score is achieved on the initial try applicant can apply up to 1500 hours accrued. If passing score is not achieved, applicant can no longer accrue hours until passing score is achieved.

Illinois Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Counselor educator or licensed as a mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, or a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing.

Illinois Requirements for Out of State Applicants

If an applicant qualifies for licensure in Indiana by endorsement, he or she is only actually exempted from the examination requirement itself. The following requirements must be met in order to be approved for licensure through endorsement:

1). Endorsement applicants must meet all of Indiana’s education and supervised experience requirements for the licensure being sought.

2.) The examination that applicant took to gain licensure in another state must be substantially equivalent to the examination required for licensure in Indiana.

3.) Endorsement applicants must be currently licensed or certified to practice in another state at the same level of licensure that the individual is applying for in Indiana. This license or certification must be current and in good standing. Endorsement applicants must have been actively engaged in the practice of mental health counseling for not less than three (3) out of the previous five (5) years.

4.) Endorsement applicants are required to pass a written jurisprudence examination covering the board’s statute (IC 25-23.6), rule (Title 839) and the Health Professions Standards of Practice (IC 25-1-9). You will be notified after the board reviews your application for licensure by exemption from examination and grants you approval to sit for the jurisprudence examination. The examination will be mailed to your address on file. A score of seventy-five (75) or above on the examination is passing. You will not be granted licensurein Indiana until you have successfully completed this examination.

Scope of Practice

“PRACTICE OF MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING” means a specialty that:

  1. Uses counseling and psychotherapeutic techniques based on principles, methods, and procedures of counseling that assist people in identifying and resolving personal, social, vocational, intrapersonal, and interpersonal concerns;
  2. Uses counseling to evaluate and treat emotional and mental problems and conditions in a variety of settings, including mental and physical health facilities, child and family service agencies, or private practice, and including the use of accepted evaluation classifications, including classifications from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as amended and supplemented, but only to the extent of the counselor’s education, training, experience, and scope of practice as established by this article;
  3. Administers and interprets appraisal instruments that the mental health counselor is qualified to employ by virtue of the counselor’s education, training, and experience;
  4. Uses information and community resources for personal, social, or vocational development;
  5. Uses individual and group techniques for facilitating problem solving, decision making, and behavioral change;
  6. Uses functional assessment and vocational planning guidance for persons requesting assistance in adjustment to a disability or disabling condition;
  7. Uses referrals for individuals who request counseling services; and
  8. Uses and interprets counseling research.

The term does not include diagnosis (as defined in IC 25-22.5-1-1.1(c)).

Indiana Counselor Salary Outlook

Indiana counselors find fulfillment in their jobs in many ways. Counseling in the state of Indiana allows those who practice it to better those around them, while bringing home a good living for their own families. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a general counselor in Indiana earns between $34,050 and $66,550 per year.

Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Indiana, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Indiana page for a more detailed look into the steps you will need to take to make your dream of becoming a counselor a reality.

Additional Information About Counselor Licensure in Indiana

IN Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
402 W. Washington Street,
Room W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-234-2064
www.in.gov/pla/social.htm

Application fee: $50
Temporary permit: $25
(issued upon completion of the education and experience requirements and approval by the board to take the exam; valid for 180 days).

Source:
http://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm
http://web.oru.edu/

Schooling Information for Counselors in Indiana

  • DSW - Social Work
  • PhD - Addiction Psychology
  • PhD - Advanced Studies in Human Behavior
  • PhD - Counselor Education and Supervision (CACREP-accredited)
  • PhD - Educational Psychology
  • PhD - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Psychology
  • PhD - Behavioral Analysis
Capella University
  • BS - Psychology
  • BS - Psychology Pre-Counseling
Capella University
  • MS - Addiction Studies
  • MS - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • MS - Child and Adolescent Development
  • MS - Educational Psychology
  • MS - Evaluation, Research, and Measurement
  • MS - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • MS - Leadership Coaching Psychology
  • MS - Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (CACREP-, COAMFTE-accredited)
  • MS - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Psychology
  • MS - School Counseling (CACREP-accredited)
  • MS - Sport Psychology
  • MS - Applied Research
  • MS - Clinical Counseling
  • MS - Forensic Psychology
  • MS - Sex Therapy
  • MSW - Social Work (CSWE-accredited)
  • MSW - Social Work Advanced Standing (CSWE-accredited)
Capella University
  • Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (60 hours)
  • Master of Education – School Counseling (Licensure)
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling – Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Religion – Pastoral Counseling
  • Doctor of Ministry – Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling - Children, Families, and the Law
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Crisis Response and Trauma
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Addictions and Recovery
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship and Church Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Life Coaching
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Marriage and Family
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Military Resilience
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Theology
  • Applied Psychology: Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology: Developmental Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Worship Studies: Pastoral Counseling
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage and Family
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Pastoral Counseling
  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
  • MA: Addictions Counseling
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Parenting and Child/ Adolescent
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Community Chaplaincy
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies
  • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Dobson Center Parent and Child/Adolescent
  • MDV: Pastoral Counseling
Liberty University - Online
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- Consulting Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology- General Practice
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis and Leadership Management
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - General
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Self-Designed
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Crisis Response
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Research
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Teaching
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Self-Designed
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Advanced Research
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Community & Social Service
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Disaster, Crisis & Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Family Studies & Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - General
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Gerontology
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Global Social Services
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Higher Education
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Mental Health Facilitation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Military Family & Culture
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Advanced Research
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Community and Social Services
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Family Studies and Intervention
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - General
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Gerontology
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Global Social Services
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Higher Education
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Human Services Nonprofit Administration
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Mental Health Facilitation
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Military Families and Culture
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (MS entry) - Social Policy Analysis and Planning
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology - Human Resource Management
  • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology - International Business
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Human Services Nonprofit Admin
  • PhD in Human and Social Services (BS entry) - Social Policy & Analysis & Planning
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Administration & Leadership
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Adult Development & Gerontology
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - Health & Human Development
  • PhD in Developmental Psychology - International Perspectives in Developmental Psychology
  • PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology - Evidence-Based Coaching
  • PhD in Human & Social Services - Public Health (Fast Track)
  • PhD in Human and Social Services Bachelor's Entry (Fast Track) - Public Health
Walden University
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - General
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Career Counseling
  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Military Families & Culture
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work in Healthcare
  • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work with Children & Families
  • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Addiction Counseling
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Criminal Justice
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Cybercrimes
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Family Violence
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Legal Issues in Forensic Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Military
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Police Psychology
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Self-Design
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Sex Offenders Behavior
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Terrorism
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - Victimology
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Community Intervention and Leadership
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Gerontology
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Mental Health Facilitation
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Military Families and Culture
  • MS in Forensic Psychology - General
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Community and Social Services
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Conflict Management and Negotiation
  • MS in Human and Social Services - Global Social Services
Walden University
  • DBA - Industrial/Organization Psychology
  • PhD - Therapy with Military Families
  • PhD - Medical Family Therapy
  • PhD - General Family Therapy
  • PhD - Couple Therapy
  • PhD - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • PhD - Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • PhD - Health Psychology
  • PhD - General Psychology
  • PhD - Gender Diversity Studies
  • PhD - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • PhD - Addictions
  • PhD - Gerontology
  • PhD - Trauma and Disaster Relief
  • DMFT - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • DMFT - Couple Therapy
  • DMFT - General Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • DMFT - Mental Health Administration
  • DMFT - Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship
  • DMFT - Therapy with Military Families
Northcentral University
  • MAPsy - Gender Diversity Studies
  • MAPsy - General Psychology
  • Master of Arts - Marriage & Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Couple Therapy
  • MAMFT - General Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Medical Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
  • Master of Science in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology
  • Master of Science in Health Psychology
  • Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Northcentral University
  • Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Lamar University
  • MS Psychology
  • MS Psychology: Forensic Psychology
  • MS Psychology: Child and Developmental Psychology
  • MS Psychology: Industrial & Organizational Psychology
Southern New Hampshire University - Online
  • BA Psychology
  • BA Psychology: Addictions
  • BA Psychology: Applied Psychology
  • BA Psychology: Child & Adolescent Development
  • BA Psychology: Forensic Psychology
  • BA Psychology: Mental Health
  • BA Psychology: Social Psychology
  • BA Human Services
  • BA Human Services: Child and Family Services
  • BA Human Services: Substance Abuse
Southern New Hampshire University - Online
  • BS - Human Services
Colorado State University - Global