Many U.S. states have established a license to practice for individuals holding MA/MS degrees in psychology, counseling, and related fields. According to current law, Illinois recognizes two levels of this profession. The basic level license is called Professional Counselor (LPC - the acronym stands for "Licensed Professional Counselor") and the higher level is called Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC - the acronym stands for "Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor"). In order to use these titles, one must apply to the state for the appropriate license. Application for the second level requires the first level license plus two years of practical experience. One of the routes to apply for the first level license is, in part, the completion of a MA/MS degree in psychology. When you apply for the license, the State of Illinois will ask you to complete a form showing that you completed at least one course in ten of the sixteen areas listed below. The text listed under "RU Courses" identifies courses in the Clinical Professional curriculum that satisfy this requirement. You will see that the Clinical Professional Psychology curriculum satisfies this requirement.
Human Growth & Development
PSYC 636 Human Development
PSYC 505 Clinical & Counseling Psychology
PSYC 520 Basic Clinical Skills OR PSYC 641 Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies OR PSYC 642 Insight Psychotherapies
Group Dynamics, Processing & Counseling
PSYC 650 Group Psychotherapy
Appraisal of Individual
PSYC 619 Survey of Psychological Appraisal OR PSYC 620 Intellectual Assessment OR PSYC 625 Personality Assessment
Research & Evaluation
PSYC 530 Advanced Research Methods
Professional, Legal, & Ethical Responsibilities
PSYC 635 Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues
Social & Cultural Foundations
PSYC 644 Multicultural Psychology & Psychotherapy
Life-Style and Career Development
CHS 417 Career and Lifestyle Planning
PSYC 698A AND PSYC 698B OR PSYC 699 Practicum
PSYC 515 Chemical Dependence
Maladaptive Behavior & Psychopathology
PSYC 516 Psychopathology
PSYC 655 Couples and Family Therapy
The state may ask you to provide a list of descriptions of the courses you completed. A list of course descriptions for courses required for the Clinical Professional Psychology Program is available here. If you completed elective courses, descriptions for those courses are available in the Graduate Catalog.
Laws are subject to change and you are encouraged to visit the website of Illinois' Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (www.idfpr.com) for updates on the LPC and LCPC law status. Other states charge similarly named departments with oversight of these professions. For links to state websites visit: www.nbcc.org/directory.
You will be required to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) as part of your application for your first state license (LPC) and for the National Certified Counselor credential. You may take the NCE on campus during your final semester. The NCE is offered on campus in October and April. Look for a MAC-FAQs emailed to your 'mail.roosevelt.edu' address for application information.
If you are looking for information on books and courses to help you prepare for the National Counselor Exam (NCE) visit these websites:
www.nbcc.org (National Board for Certified Counselors)
www.aatbs.com (Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences)
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