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ATTENTION APPLICANTS WHO GRADUATE PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2014

APPLICANTS WHO GRADUATE PRIOR TO JULY 1, 2014 CAN CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TWO OPTIONS:

 

OPTION #1:  If you graduate prior to July 1, 2014 and have already begun your post graduate clinical experience and supervision by July 1, 2014, then you do not need to apply for a mental health counselor associate license “LMHCA”.  Once you complete your post graduate clinical experience and supervision requirement (3,000 hours of post degree clinical experience including 100 hours of face-to-face supervision in a period of time between 21-48 months), you may apply for the mental health counselor license “LMHC”.  This section also applies to students within a doctoral program.

 

OPTION #2:  If you graduate prior to July 1, 2014 and wish to apply for the LMHCA, you may apply to sit for the exam.  You also will be allowed to count all post graduate clinical experience and supervision hours earned since the date certified by the degree-granting institution as that on which all requirements for the Masters degree have been completed.  This section also applies to students within a doctoral program.

 

ATTENTION APPLICANTS WHO GRADUATE ON OR AFTER JULY 1, 2014

All applicants earning their Masters degree after July 1, 2014 will be required to obtain a LMHCA prior to completing their 2-year post degree experience and supervision hours requirement in compliance with Indiana Code 25-23.6-8.5-4.  Any clinical hours earned prior to the receipt of your LMHCA will not be counted toward the 3000 hours needed to meet the LMHC supervision and experience requirement unless the requirements of Indiana Code 25-23.6-8.5-4 have been met.

 

Indiana Code 25-23.6-8.5-4 provides that if an individual applies for, takes, and passes the first available examination (defined as the first examination offered after the date of an individual’s graduation or upon moving into Indiana) he or she may count 1,500 hours of the post degree clinical experience accumulated before taking the examination toward licensure as a LMHCA.  If an individual applies for, takes, but does not pass the first available examination, the individual may retain the hours accumulated before taking the examination, continue working, but may not accumulate any additional hours until the individual passes the examination.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Your application will not be considered complete until your degree is conferred on your transcript.  The Board WILL NOT accept letters from an academic advisor, registrar, or department chair attesting that all degree requirements will be met by the end of the current term of enrollment in lieu of a college transcript.

 

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