LPC Application Information

Oklahoma Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Requirements and Information: The CMHC Master’s Degree Program is designed to prepare students for only one form of licensure (i.e., the Licensed Professional Counselor [LPC] license). The CMHC Master’s Degree Program is not expressly designed to prepare students for credentialing as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Behavioral Practitioner (LBP; including the “Nationally Certified Psychologist” credential), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Psychological Associate, or any other master’s level psychology credential.

Students interested in obtaining their Oklahoma LPC license are required to complete a number of steps beyond the attainment of a master’s degree in counseling. The first step is to submit an application to Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure (BBHL). At present, this application must include the following completed documents (always subject to change):

  • Formal application form
  • Application fee (currently $145.00; subject to change)
  • Sealed, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three (3) documents of recommendation (completed on BBHL forms)
  • Internship/practicum documentation form
  • Supervision agreement form (if applicable at time of application)
  • On-site supervisor verification form (if applicable at time of application)
  • LPC candidate statement of professional disclosure form
  • Affidavit of lawful presence in the United States
  • LPC academic worksheet
  • Two (2) classifiable sets of fingerprints (prepared by law enforcement)

Once a student’s application has been approved by the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure, the student is referred to as an “LPC Candidate.” During LPC Candidacy, the following activities must be completed within 60 months (five years) of the individual receiving LPC Candidacy approval:

  • Approval of the supervision agreement form
  • Approval of the on-site supervisor verification form
  • Successful completion of the National Counselor Examination (NCE)
  • Successful completion of the Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Examination (OLERE)
  • Successful completion of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, under the tutelage of an Oklahoma Approved LPC Supervisor, at a ratio of 45 minutes of supervision for every 20 hours of practice

Once all of the above forms and activities have been completed to the satisfaction of the Oklahoma State  Board of Behavioral Health Licensure, an LPC license may be granted to the LPC Candidate. It is then the responsibility of the LPC to maintain ethical and legal compliance, including completing yearly continuing education units (CEUs), to maintain his or her occupational license.

An individual interested in LPC licensure should consult a graduate advisor and the state licensing board for current requirements near the end of his or her graduate studies. It is best not to wait until after graduation to begin this process. Oklahoma and Texas LPC application packets may be obtained using the following contact information:

Oklahoma:

Oklahoma State  Board of Behavioral Health Licensure
3815 North Santa Fe, Suite 110
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 522-3696
Website

Texas:

Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756-3183
(512) 834-6658
Website

CMHC applicants, students, or candidates should be aware that having a criminal or civil history indicative of moral turpitude may disqualify them from eligibility for LPC Licensure in the state of Oklahoma. Specifically, the current Oklahoma LPC Application asks a series of questions under the heading of “Professional Misconduct.” These questions concern an applicant’s history in the area of ethics, civil matters, and criminal background. Furthermore, the fingerprints sets submitted as part of the LPC application packet are used to run a criminal background check. Prior to starting the CMHC graduate program, any student with a background containing ethical, civil, or legal records potentially indicative of moral turpitude should first contact the Oklahoma State Department of Behavioral Health Licensure, via the means listed above, to discuss such matters prior to beginning or completing their graduate education.

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