A "licensed professional counselor associate" (LPCA) is a person engaged in the supervised practice of counseling who holds a license as a licensed professional counselor associate issued under the provisions of the LPC Act.
In order to meet requirements for an LPC (non-restricted) license, LPCAs must complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised professional practice.
"Supervised professional practice” means counseling experience under the supervision of a qualified clinical supervisor, as defined in Rule .0209 of the Administrative Code. No hours can be applied from Masters level practicum or internship experiences.
This supervised professional practice includes:
Individual and group clinical supervision hours do not count towards the 40 hours of supervised professional practice.
During the attainment of supervised professional practice hours LPCAs must receive at least 100 hours of clinical supervision. This Clinical Supervision can be provided in individual and group settings:
Supervision must be based on one of the following forms of observation or a combination of the following forms of observation. Written materials and self-reports by the supervised counselor may supplement the supervision process but shall not be the sole basis of any supervision session.
A “qualified clinical supervisor” is:
(1) A LPC with the following:
(2) An equivalently and actively licensed mental health professional.
Supervision contract must be completed using the Supervision Contract form provided by the Board. LPCAs must receive approval of supervision contract prior to rendering counseling services. Notifications of approvals (or denials) are sent to the Supervisor. However, LPCAs can view their approved supervisors by logging in to their online update. Contracts are usually reviewed within 2 weeks of receipt.
The Supervision Contract must have the following information:
If receiving supervision from more than one supervisor, a separate supervision contract form shall be filed for each individual qualified clinical supervisor. A separate supervision contract form shall be filed for each separate work setting and each supervisor must be approved.
The supervisor, in collaboration with the supervisee, shall maintain a log of clinical supervision hours that includes the following:
Please see the example of a supervision log. Supervisors may develop their own form as long as the required elements as defined in Rule .0208 are documented on the log. This form is not required to be provided to the NCBLPC Board unless formally requested.
The Supervisor shall maintain copies of these logs for a minimum of seven years beyond termination or completion of supervision and shall provide copies to the Board for inspection upon request.
Supervisors may develop their own log form as long as the required elements, as defined in Rules .0208 and .801(e) of the Administrative Code, are documented on the log. This log form is not required to be provided to the NCBLPC Board unless formally requested.
The supervisor must report each quarter that supervision has occurred using the Quarterly Supervision Report form provided by Board.
Quarters are based on the calendar quarter system and should be submitted no later than the end of the month after the quarter ends. Quarterly Report due dates are:
The Board does not require the submission of hours on Quarterly Supervision Reports. All hours are to be reported to the Board on Final Supervision reports.
All hours are to be reported to the Board on Final Supervision reports.
A supervisor must submit final report upon termination or completion of supervision. This report should be submitted to the Board within 2 weeks of termination of supervision and within 2 weeks of a change in the conditions specified in the supervision contract form on file with the Board.
The report should be filed by supervisor directly to the Board using the Final Supervision Report provided by Board. The report must have the following information:
SUPERVISION MUST CONTINUE UNTIL THE LPCA/APPLICANT RECEIVES HIS/HER LPC LICENSE
The licensee shall inform the Board of any change in his or her mailing address within 60 days after any change. Updated address information shall be submitted online via the licensee portal or by mail using the change of address form.
The Board does not have an “inactive or hold” status for licensure. If moving outside of the state licensees may still choose to keep the license active by completing the biennial renewal. However, if a licensee fails to renew their license within one year of their date of expiration, the license shall be reissued only upon a new application for a license. All current licensure requirements shall apply to the new application.
The licensee shall inform the Board of any change in his or her name within 60 days after any change. A name change form shall be submitted and must include any required legal documentation, such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order.
A current copy of this statement shall be provided to each client prior to the performance of professional counseling services. The counselor shall retain a file copy of the Professional Disclosure Statement signed by each client. An updated Professional Disclosure Statement (PDS) shall be submitted at the time of renewal to the Board's office.
In response to questions about ordering additional or replacement certificates, you may do so by sending a letter to the Board office stating your reasons for the request. Each additional certificate is $15. Your written request should include a check for the number of certificates needed, made payable to NCBLPC, and the Board payment form. The certificate remains the property of the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, which has the authority to suspend or revoke licenses for legal and/or ethical violations.
Licensure can be verified online for free using the public information service provided by the Board. Citizens may utilize the online verification service to review the status of licensees in the state of North Carolina. If you need the Board to provide written verification of your license you may request license verifications by using the payment form or the online portal. License verifications are $5 each and take up to 2 weeks to process.
LPCAs typically have their LPCA license for 2-3 years, prior to applying for LPC licensure. However, due to various reasons a LPCA may have their license for a longer period of time. In order to keep the LPCA license active licensees are required to renew their license no later than the June 20th prior to the expiration of the license. The LPCA license must be active, prior to applying for LPC licensure
For more information regarding renewals, please visit the Renewals page.
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