Kansas LPC Requirements

Counselor Licensing Requirements in Kansas

We want to provide you a Counselor Licensing Requirements Kansas outline so that you know what it takes to successfully meet your requirements for licensure in Kansas.

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In the state of Kansas there are two types of licensed counselors: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Both types of counselors require education, but the LCPC license has more demanding coursework criteria.

You will also need administered work experience to continue moving up the ranks.

Kansas LPC Requirements

Kansas Counselor Credential Titles

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

May diagnose and treat mental disorders independently.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

May practice under the direction of an LCPC, licensed psychologist, a person licensed to provide mental health services as an independent practitioner and whose license allows for diagnoses and treatment of mental disorders, or a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery.

Kansas Counselor Education Requirements

LCPC

In addition to, or as part of the graduate degree – completion of 15 credit hours supporting diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders with use of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic and statistical manual, and a graduate level supervised clinical practicum of professional experience.

LPC

60 graduate semester hours, including a master’s degree in counseling, from a university approved by the board that consists of 45 graduate semester hours distributed among 10 core categories (this includes a supervised practicum).

Kansas Counselor Experiential Requirements

LCPC

Licensed as an LPC or meets all requirements to be licensed as an LPC; and 4,000 hours of supervised clinical professional counseling experience under an approved clinical training plan, which includes 1,500 hours of direct client contact and 100 hours of clinical supervision (50 must beindividual supervision).

Kansas Counselor Examinations

LCPC

NCMHCE

LPC

NCE

Kansas Requirements for Clinical Supervisors

Licensed as a clinical professional counselor for at least 2 years, 4,000 hours in a clinical setting, 1,500 hours of direct client supervision, and 150 hours of supervision.

Kansas Requirements for Out of State Applicants

Licensure through reciprocity: The board may issue a license to an individual who is currently registered, certified, or licensed to practice professional counseling in another jurisdiction if the board determines that:

1.) The standards for registration, certification, or licensure to practice professional counseling in the other jurisdiction are substantially equivalent to the requirements of Kansas OR

2.) The applicant demonstrates on forms provided by the board compliance with continuous registration, certification, or licensure to practice professional counseling during the five (5) years immediately preceding the application with at least the minimum professional experience as established by rules and regulations of the board and the absence of disciplinary actions of a serious nature brought by a registration, certification, or licensing board or agency; and

3.) A master’s degree in counseling from a regionally accredited college/university.

Applicants for licensure as a clinical professional counselor shall additionally demonstrate competence to diagnosis and treat mental disorders through meeting at least two of the following:

1.) Either graduate coursework as established by rules and regulations of the board or passing a national clinical examination approved by the board;

2.) Three (3) years of clinical practice with demonstrated experience in diagnosing or treating mental disorders;

3.) Attestation from a professional licensed to diagnose and treat mental disorders in independent practice or licensed to practice medicine and surgery stating that the applicant is competent to diagnose and treat mental disorders.

Scope of Practice

“LICENSED CLINICAL PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means a person who engages in the independent practice of professional counseling including the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders specified in the edition of the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders of the American psychiatric association designated by the board by rules and regulations and who is licensed under this act.

“PRACTICE OF PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means assisting an individual or group for a fee, monetary or otherwise, through counseling, assessment, consultation and referral and includes the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders as authorized under the professional counselors licensure act.

  1. “Assessment” means selecting, administering, scoring and interpreting instruments designed to describe an individual’s aptitudes, abilities, achievements, interests and personal characteristics.
  2. “Consultation” means the application of principles, methods and techniques of the practice of counseling to assist in solving current or potential problems of individuals or groups in relation to a third party.
  3. “Referral” means the evaluation of information to identify problems and to determine the advisability of referral to other practitioners.

“PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING” means to assist an individual or group to develop understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses, to restructure concepts and feelings, to define goals and to plan actions as these are related to personal, social, educational and career development and adjustment.

Salary Overview for Counselors in the state of Kansas

In the state of Kansas, there is a lot of opportunities available for those willing to dedicate themselves to their career. Counselors in the state find career fulfillment in multiple aspects of their career with one of those aspects being salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a general counselor in Kansas will bring home a median salary between $30,950 and $49,880 per year.

Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Kansas, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Kansas 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 LPC Requirements in Kansas

KS Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
712 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
785-296-3240
http://ksbsrb.ks.gov/

LPC/LCPC Application fee: $100
LPC/LCPC License: $150
LPC Temporary License: $150

Sources:
http://ksbsrb.ks.gov/
http://web.oru.edu

Schooling Information for Counselors in Kansas

  • 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 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
  • 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