Counselor Licensing Requirements in Massachusetts
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To become an accredited Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), the following components are needed:
- properly supervised experience
- satisfactory professional and legal background
- appropriate graduate level education
- passing examination scores
The process varies based on whether you are already an accredited Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) or if you are trying to adhere to counseling requirements for the first time in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Counselor Educational Requirements
Minimum of 60 graduate semester hours in counseling or a related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
This includes a minimum 48 semester credit master’s degree in mental health counseling or a related field, including a practicum (100 hours), an internship (600 hours), and coursework in each of the 10 content areas as defined by the board. Or Hold a current Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential issued by NBCC.
Massachusetts Experiential Counselor Requirements
2 years/3,360 hours of full-time post-master’s supervised clinical experience in mental health counseling after obtaining 60 graduate semester hours.
To include 960 hours of direct client contact (250 hours may be group client contact) and 130 hours of supervision (75 hours must be individual supervision and 25 hours must be under a LMHC).
These hours do not include the pre-master’s practicum and internship supervision requirements.
Salary Expectations for Counselors in Massachusetts
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average counselor in Massachusetts earns between $34,580 and $77,580 per year.
Now that you are familiar with the counselor licensing requirements in Massachusetts, visit our How to Become a Counselor in Massachusetts 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 Licensing Requirements in Massachusetts
MA Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals
100 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118-6100
Application fee: $117