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  2. Tell us if you are a student or a counselor intern
  3. Post a question, comment, or simply share what you are learning from your internship, is it what you thought it would be? do you like it? what don’t you like about it? etc..CIs Forum
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  1. Hey Everyone,

    I have a few questions for you all. I currently have my AA in psychology. I am currently in my BS program in psychology as well. I have taken a few Addiction courses, but not many. I am wanting to obtain my LCDC in the state of Texas. Im wondering what all I need to do, or if my degree already qualifies me to go ahead and start the internship…I have tried contacting the Licensure department but I have not yet received a response. What steps should I take? Should I go ahead and apply for internship? It states that I need 270 hours but I only have my AA which is 60 credit hours. Do I need to transfer to a new school with a chemical dependency program? Please help…

  2. I am a LPC Intern and I am considering taking the LCDC exam. Currently I have over 3000 hours as a LPC- Intern. When I pass the exam will I be able to practice in private practice? What else would I need to do to be able to practice? Will insurance take the LCDC designation? Will I need to gain more hours or need to be supervised?

  3. Hello Forum,

    My name is Lila and I graduated from a 4 year accredited university (Texas A&M University CC) with a BA in psychology. As of late, I’ve been working a full time job that is not related to my degree. I researched my options. I’ve considered getting my Master’s in Clinical psych to become a LPC but my GPA isn’t impressive. (2.7 on 4.0 scale) Earning a second degree in biology or neuroscience was another thought but I didn’t want to go through another 4 years of school to be stuck in the same place i am now. (career in unrelated field) My last consideration was becoming a LCDC, to gain experience in my related field then apply to a Master’s program. Becoming a LCDC seems more realistic however my main goal is to become a psychologist. (mainly private practice) So my questions to the forum are:is becoming a LCDC to gain experience before grad school a smart move? Should I retake courses to higher my GPA? Is there anyone with LCDC experience in Texas who can give me more information as to how they started out and how their experience has helped them? Since I have a Bachelors’ I know that I meet all requirements to become a Counselor Intern, but does my BA waive any of the 4000 practicum hours that are required to become a LCDC?
    Thank you for your time. 🙂

    • Hello Lila, thank you for your comment. In regards to your questions, here are some answers: is becoming a LCDC to gain experience before grad school a smart move? Yes, it is a smart move because you can start working in the counseling field as a counselor intern.

      Should I retake courses to higher my GPA? Yes, that would also be a smart move, and I recommend that you take classes in DAAC, drug and alcohol counseling, and you can take them at a community college, which is cheaper. Not only they would help you with your GPA, but also to prepare for the certification exam (ADC/LCDC exam by the IC&RC)
      Is there anyone with LCDC experience in Texas who can give me more information as to how they started out and how their experience has helped them? Since I have a Bachelors’ I know that I meet all requirements to become a Counselor Intern, but does my BA waive any of the 4000 practicum hours that are required to become a LCDC? Yes, I am an LCDC Intern in Texas. I took the DAAC classes at a community college and got an associate’s degree and a certificate in addictions counseling. Then, I got my bachelor’s in Psychology and applied for CI status with DSHS. Then, I took the LCDC exam and passed it. Doing things this way has given me more and better opportunities than going the long way into mental health counseling (LPC). But, the bachelor’s does not waive the 4000 hours. Only with a master’s degree the hours are waived and you can apply to become fully licensed, of course, after passing the LCDC exam. I have a blog for LCDC interns at http://lcdcexamreview.com. I hope this information helps! – Regards, Samantha

  4. Hi! My name is Stephanie Stovall and I sent in the application for my LCDC Intern license about 3 1/2 weeks ago. I was just wondering how I would find out I was approved. Do they send something in the mail or is there a way to find out online? I did go to the website and searched my name, but nothing came up. I read where it said it said it could take up to 4 weeks for processing once the application is received. Does it sometimes take longer? Should I be worried? I know they received the application because my check cleared the bank.

    Thanks!

    • Hello Stephanie, it might take from 4 to 5 weeks. You can call the LCDC program at DSHS and ask for the status of your LCDC I card. Congratulations!

      Samantha

    • It just depends how many applications they have to sort through. You will see it online before you get it in the mail. It takes a bit of time but I am sure you’ll get it within the next week or so. It took me 5 weeks to get mine in the mail. When I called and asked they where short staffed and it was over the summer. You can call and ask but I am sure you’ll get the same response. Jeff

  5. Currently looking for a Spanish Speaking LCD-CI, is anyone interested?

  6. Hi, My name is Norma, Im from Texas, I have failed the exam four times. What can I do to retest. My license expires on October of this year. Help.. I need it to keep my job. Thanks

  7. Hello Everyone!

    My colleagues and I are in need of feedback on what you would like to see on our blog. We’d like to expand and improve the blog and have been thinking about adding videos. Since we all have a experience working in the field of higher education, we are also open to discussing topics such as academic and career counseling/advising. Would anyone be interested? Please leave us a message on this board with any suggestions/comments you have. Also, please let us know if their are topics you’d like us to discuss. Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated!

    -Counselor Interns

  8. Hello I am an LPC Intern and I am working with a small clinic. Does anyone have any advice regarding Medicaid billing, I know I can’t bill my self, but the billing dept here can’t seem to get paid for what I am doing.

    • Hi Tony. I am sorry for the late reply. Licensed Professional Counselor, Camile McDaniel, has answered this question via our Facebook page. I’ve pasted her response below.

      “It is possible that the clinic’s billing is not set up for interns. For example, Some insurance companies will allow you to bill under the organization name IF they have certain staff in their clinic (Dr., medical assistant, fully licensed clinicians). Some insurance companies may allow services to be billed under another providers name IF you are an intern, not an associate license, and IF that provider is overseeing the interns work. They will need to confirm this the medicaid, depending on which plan they are trying to bill.”

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  9. This is a tough road, especially for those that do not have a spouse’s income to rely on while they are in this long waiting process after graduation. I wish I would have known about all of the fees involved in licensure and saved more funds for that. There are costs to take the NCE, costs for insurance, costs for NCE study books/cds, costs to travel to a testing center, costs for license application, costs for transcripts and costs to start receiving supervision. I also wish I would have known that I should start networking as soon as I entered the master’s program. You will need those connections as you get closer to student internships/practicums and then paying jobs after graduation. I had made some connections but then wound up moving for my husband’s job in my last two semesters. I had to start all over and didn’t have a lot of extra time with the demands of school, internship and studying for comps and NCE during the last semester.

    Thankfully, I made it and now I’m just waiting for final license approval, it’s been 5 weeks so far that my application has been with the state. I have two independent contractor agreements to operate with my LPC-I; one is volunteer and the other is through my supervisor’s office and will allow me to receive pay. We are able to operate as independent contractors in Texas, we just can’t rent our own space yet or handle the money. We have to promote ourselves and find our own clients, but this is where the networking will pay off. I’m looking forward to getting through the last hoops and on with helping people! Good luck to all 🙂

  10. I am a recent graduate with a B.A in Psychology. I am very confused about some things regarding counseling master’s degrees and I would really appreciate some help! Please excuse my ignorance in some questions but I am still very new in this area and trying my best to do all the research.

    *Note: I would really like to specialize in children. So I am looking into doing some sort of child track.

    1) I originally planned to do a PsyD but due to some very compelling reasons I will need to move to another state (not sure where exactly yet) in two years time. Since the PsyD program will take at least 5+ years and credits are non-transferable I have decided to do a masters in counseling instead and maybe continue onto a PhD in counseling later if possible. I understand the differences in terms of clinical practice, income, and degree level…but I feel like it’s such a silly reason to make such a switch. Is there some sort of solution to this situation that I am not finding?

    2) How long does it normally take to finish hours needed to go from a LPC to a LPCC?

    3) What do you do in terms of working while at the LPC level, do you only do your hours or are you able to be hired at hospitals/clinics etc to gain some sort of income?

    4) You cannot open a private practice when you have the LPC only right?

    5) How easy is it to go to another state when you are only an LPC? Can you do the hours needed to become an LPCC in another state? Where/which website are state requirements clearly stated? Because nbcc.org did not list number of hours required in each state.

    6) I will remain in Chicago, Illinois for my masters (2 years). I originally planned to apply to Adler, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Roosevelt. Then I realized that Northwestern offers a counseling masters as well. Is it really worth the 90K+ tuition in the long run? Keeping in mind the struggle it will take for an average LPC income to cover that after graduation? Are there other schools in Chicago that I am not aware of?

    7) If a school doesn’t have a child track, is there someway I can specialize in children later? (In Chicago, only offered at Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

    THANK YOU!!!

    • Hi RG!! I’ve pasted your questions and a response to them below.

      I originally planned to do a PsyD but due to some very compelling reasons I will need to move to another state (not sure where exactly yet) in two years time. Since the PsyD program will take at least 5+ years and credits are non-transferable I have decided to do a masters in counseling instead and maybe continue onto a PhD in counseling later if possible. I understand the differences in terms of clinical practice, income, and degree level…but I feel like it’s such a silly reason to make such a switch. Is there some sort of solution to this situation that I am not finding?

      It is going to be very difficult to give you a straight answer to any of your questions because the requirements to become and to practice as a licensed counselor vary greatly from state to state. Nonetheless, I will do my best to answer your questions.

      2) How long does it normally take to finish hours needed to go from a LPC to a LPCC?

      An LPC is a licensed professional counselor; an LPCC is a licensed professional clinical counselor, which title you have depends on in what state you are licensed. Here in Texas, our title is LPC. In California the title is LPCC. I am assuming you are you speaking of going from LPC or LPCC-Intern status to fully licensed LPC or LPCC status? In Texas, one must complete 3,000 hours in order to qualify for full licensure status. This could be completed in as little as 18 months. The state has set rules that require that a person finishes the hours no sooner than 18 months and no later than 5 years. This will vary from state to state. Here is a site you may want to look through to find more information regarding the number of hours required for each state. http://www.counselor-license.com/

      3) What do you do in terms of working while at the LPC level, do you only do your hours or are you able to be hired at hospitals/clinics etc to gain some sort of income?

      An LPC or LPCC intern can work and gain income while working towards licensure. Interns can work at the same places fully licensed counselors work.

      4) You cannot open a private practice when you have the LPC only right?

      You can indeed open a private practice once you are a fully licensed counselor (LPC or LPCC depending on what state you are in). You cannot open while you are an intern.

      5) How easy is it to go to another state when you are only an LPC? Can you do the hours needed to become an LPCC in another state? Where/which website are state requirements clearly stated? Because nbcc.org did not list number of hours required in each state.

      How easy it is to go to another state varies greatly depending on what state you are coming from and what state you are going to. Most states will want to see transcripts showing that you’ve taken the same coursework that would be needed satisfy their requirements. Some states will want you to test. You can refer to this site to find the requirements for licensure by state http://www.counselor-license.com/. It may be easier to go from one state to the next if the requirements to get licensed are very similar.

      6) I will remain in Chicago, Illinois for my masters (2 years). I originally planned to apply to Adler, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and Roosevelt. Then I realized that Northwestern offers a counseling masters as well. Is it really worth the 90K+ tuition in the long run? Keeping in mind the struggle it will take for an average LPC income to cover that after graduation? Are there other schools in Chicago that I am not aware of?

      I personally don’t think it is worth it to pay that much for a master’s degree. You could get two doctoral degrees done for that much at a public institution. How would you repay the loans on that? Most LPC interns are required to pay for supervision and many times they work for a lot less than a LPC would. It would be a struggle to pay back the loans on that while you are interning.

      7) If a school doesn’t have a child track, is there someway I can specialize in children later? (In Chicago, only offered at Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

      You can specialize by doing your practicum, internship, and LPC intern hours at sites that work with children. Some other ideas might include pursuing a degree and license as a LMFT (licensed marriage and family therapist) as many LMFTs work with children; or you can do school counseling, however, some states will require that you teach for a certain number of years first.

      I hope this helps.

  11. Camille McDaniel, LPC, NCC, CPCS, one of our blog contributers, wanted us to share this awesome opportunity to join her online mentoring program. Check out the video: http://youtu.be/XrSkTSziDhw

  12. Yvonne, here is another link for you in the LCDC looking for a training site to od your 4000 hours: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lcdc/lcdc_rosters.shtm

    Click on the CTI Roster link and search from there its all the approved CI training sites in Texas for the LCDC field. Can also mention the TAAP (Texas Association for Addiction Professionals) conference is this upcoming week at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and there having a CI meet and greet, and job opportunities session on Thursday evening at 4pm:.http://taap.org/

    Hope this helps

  13. Tunisha, I’m having a problem finding a suitable place to complete my LCDC Internship. Would anyone in the Intern HeadQuarters have any suggestions. Tks,YW

    • Hello Yvonne,

      Are you in Texas? The best way to do it is by finding treatment centers around your area. Just google it and make a list of places you would like to contact, for example, if you don’t want to do your internship at a MMT center then don’t include those in your list. You need to know first the kind of population you would want to work with, ex. at-risk adolescents, adults on probation, court-ordered clients only, women only, on methadone treatment. Then, become familiar with the agencies in your area/city, ex. private vs. state agencies; faith-based, etc. When you have your list ready, start calling people. I know, some of them don’t want phone calls, but I would still call because chances are that many, many people are applying not only for internships but for jobs too. Thus, these treatment centers receive several emails a day with cover letters and resumes from all kinds of potential interns/employees. From my experience, when I call an agency I am interested in, I almost always get an interview.

      That is my suggestion. It is the easiest and most effective way…it has worked for me 😀

      I hope this helps! Good luck!

  14. Counselor Intern HeadQuarters will be hosting an event as part of National Prevention Week! We hope to have our followers in the San Antonio area attend. The event is free and will take place on May 18, 2013. More details will follow soon!

  15. Hello Interns! Here is another mentoring opportunity. Again this opportunity is brought to us by Camille McDaniel, LPC, NCC. It is a 3-Month Online Mentoring Group for Counselors. May and July sign-up is underway! http://lnkd.in/cH29tR

  16. I wanted to share a great opportunity with you all!! One of our contributors, Camille McDaniel LPC, NCC, is offering a three month online mentoring group. You can join through LinkedIn. Space is limited to 12 participants, so hurry! If you can’t make this one, I believe she will be offering this group again. I’ve pasted the link below.

    http://www.linkedin.com/groups/3-month-Online-Mentoring-Group-1952243.S.228019005?qid=ef7c5b5e-d3fa-4fea-b60a-3c9a22126a87&goback=%2Egna_1952243

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