Licensure requirements for counselors in Nevada, including those relating to education, supervision, examination, fees, and renewal, are examined in further detail below, along with salary information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as scholarships and loan repayment programs available to aspiring CPCs in the state.
Counselor Education in Nevada
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Licensure as a clinical professional counselor in Nevada requires the completion of a graduate degree in mental health from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or a regionally accredited institute of higher education with a psychiatry residency approved by the state Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors.
Appropriate degree programs will provide instruction in each of the following content areas:
Human growth and development
Individual counseling theories
Individual counseling techniques and practice
Lifestyle and career development
Group dynamics, counseling, and consulting
Ethics and professional studies
Supervised practice of clinical professional counseling
Diagnosis and assessment
Social and cultural foundations
Research and evaluation
Abuse of alcohol or controlled substances
Internship experiences accumulative to 600 clinical graduate contact hours is required as a part of CACREP accredited degree program. These hours are typically completed over two 3-credit courses.
“Supervision” is shorthand for post-graduate, directed experience in professional counseling under supervision in a work setting. However, Nevada titles post-graduate clinical counseling experience as an “internship”. Nevada requires aspiring CPCs to complete 3,000 hours of supervised counseling contact hours. Of these hours, at least 1,500 must be in direct contact with clients and at least 100 must be under the direct supervision of an approved supervisor at a rate of at least one hour per week in the work setting.
Clinical professional counselor licensure in Nevada requires a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam, which tests knowledge of assessment, diagnosis, counseling, psychotherapy, administration, consultation, and supervision. It consists of 10 clinical mental health counseling cases and assesses clinical problem-solving ability by testing identification, analysis, and treatment. It is administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors.
CPC licenses in Nevada expire annually on January 1. License renewal requires payment of the appropriate fees and the completion of continuing education.
Nevada CPCs are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education (CE) during each one-year renewal period. Of these hours, at least three must focus on ethics in the practice of clinical professional counseling. CE hours may be earned through instructing coursework related to clinical professional counseling, with each hour taught counting for two hours of CE. Other ways to obtain continuing education credits include attending seminars, workshops or conferences.
The Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors has an alternative route to licensure for counselors who have already obtained their licenses in other states. Applicants from other states must provide proof of equivalency in board regulations and licensure requirements. A fingerprints and background process will also be required.
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*Licensure information including requirements, salaries, renewals, and fees were retrieved as of May 2017. Information may have changed since, check with the state's board of licensing for more information.