Become a Counselor in Nevada
As in many other states, counselors in Nevada are known as Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (LCPCs). Counselors still in the supervision stage of licensure are known as LCPC Interns. The state’s premier professional organization for LCPCs is the Nevada Counseling Association, a branch of the American Counseling Association whose mission is to “enhance the quality of life by promoting the development of professional counselors.” Licensure for LCPCs in Nevada is managed by the state Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors.
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 LPCs in the state.
LCPCs licensure 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 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
Unlike many other states, LCPC licensure in Nevada does not requires the completion of an internship or practicum. It does, however, require post-graduate supervision. (See “Supervision” below for details.)
“Supervision” is shorthand for post-graduate, directed experience in professional counseling under supervision in a work setting. Nevada requires aspiring LCPCs to complete 3,000 hours of supervision. 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.
LCPC 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.
LCPCs in Nevada can expect to pay the following fees for their license, renewal, and examination:
LCPC Application: $75
LCPC License: $50
LCPC License Renewal: $150
National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination: $195
LCPC licenses in Nevada expire annually on January 1. License renewal requires payment of the appropriate fees (see above) and the completion of Continuing Education.
Continuing Education (CE)
Nevada LCPCs are required to complete 20 hours of 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. No more than 10 hours of CE may be obtained through distance education.
For Counselors Licensed in Other States
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. This process is delineated on the Board’s website.
Average Counselor Salary in Nevada
The following types of counselors in Nevada can expect to earn the respective average hourly and average annual wages, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
|Occupation||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Wage|
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||$21.78||$45,300|
|Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors||$26.55||$55,220|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||$28.78||$59,870|
|Mental Health Counselors||$23.37||$48,610|
|All Other Counselors||$23.08||$48,010|
Nevada Counseling Scholarships
The following scholarships and loan repayment programs are available to aspiring LCPCs in Nevada:
- Type: Loan Repayments
- Amount: To Be Decided
- Description: LCPCs in Nevada are eligible to apply for loan repayment assistance in exchange for working in a state-designated shortage area for an average of two years.
- Type: Scholarships
- Amount: $2,500 to $5,000
- Description: American Addiction Centers offers three scholarships providing financial assistance to full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate school students pursuing careers in behavior health and addiction-related studies, including counseling.
- Type: Scholarships
- Amount: To Be Decided by School
- Description: The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program provides funds to schools, which in turn offer scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are studying professional counseling (amongst other health professions).