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									         Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association
           a state branch of the American Mental Health Counselors Association


                                              Licensure Information
Illinois has two levels of licensure for counselors. Licenses are issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional
Regulation.

Contact:
Phone: Hours 8:30a-5:00p M-F
(217) 785-0800 General number
By mail
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Forms Unit
320 W. Washington Street 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786

The exam is owned by the National Board of Certified Counselors. (NBCC)
Applications are through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. (217) 785-0800.
Applications can also be downloaded through their website. http://www.idfpr.com
Test preparation workbooks are available through a variety of sources including NBCC (336) 547-0607.
The Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association provides test preparation workshops.

The choices for examination include:
Your university schedules the exam for all students at the university. Fees are slightly higher and the exam is administered prior to
graduation. It is not computerized. You will request that your scores be sent to IDFPR. Upon graduation you will apply for licensure.
You apply for licensure and after submitting your forms to IDFPR you will be notified you are qualified for examination and you
schedule the exam through NBCC. After you complete the forms with NBCC and Continental testing you will be notified by NBCC
that you are ready to take the exam. You will schedule the exam though www.goAmp.com
The exams are offered on a computer at specific H & R Block office all over Illinois and the U.S. They are offered Monday-Friday the
first full week of each month in either the morning or the afternoon. You will receive the results upon completing the exam. If you
pass you will receive your license within 6 weeks usually.

Licensure is governed both by a state licensure law and licensure rules.
Both of these are available at the state website.

LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor
LCPC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

The two levels of licensure are: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).
LPCs qualifications may include:

Generally a master's level program in the field of counseling, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, or a similar degree program. A
Type 73 certificate issued by the Illinois State Board of Education as a School Counselor meets the educational requirement.

NCE Exam:
      The NCE is comprised of 200 multiple choice questions and is scheduled for a four-hour period
Scoring Procedures
      Of the 200 items on the examination, only 160 items are scored to determine whether you meet or surpass the minimum
         criterion (passing) score for that form of the NCE.
      The MAXIMUM possible score on the NCE is 160.
      The remaining 40 items on the exam are being field tested to determine their appropriateness for future use.
      Since the 160 items to be scored are not identified in the exam booklet, you should respond with equal effort to all items.
      The minimum criterion (passing) score is derived from a modified Angoff procedure. (approximately 70%)
      The NCE is not scored on a "curve," therefore the candidate pool does not determine the passing score.




                                       P.O. Box 706, DeKalb, Illinois 60115
        phone ( 800 ) 493-4424  fax ( 815 ) 787-0505  e-mail imhca@imhca.org  website www.imhca.org
         Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association
            a state branch of the American Mental Health Counselors Association

                                                          NCE Testing Areas

    Human Growth and Development
    Social and Cultural Foundations Helping Relationships
    Group Work
    Career and Lifestyle Development
    Appraisal
    Research and Program Evaluation
    Professional Orientation
    Ethics

LCPC’s qualifications may include:

The exams for the LCPC license is the NCMHCE ( National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam) and the NCE (National
Counselor Exam).
Educational requirement for the LCPC and LPC are:
A master's level program in the field of counseling, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, or similar degree program. A 48
semester hour master’s (or graduate from a CACREP program) is required with one three semester hour course in each of the
following areas:
A) Human Growth and Development
B) Counseling Theory
C) Counseling Techniques
D) Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling
E) Appraisal of Individuals
F) Research and Evaluation
G) Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities relating to professional counseling, especially as related to Illinois law
H) Social and Cultural Foundations
I) Lifestyle and Career Development
J) Practicum/Internship
K) Substance Abuse
L) Maladaptive Behavior and Psychopathology
M) Family Dynamics.

Two years of supervised experience is required. You must show proof of at least 1,680 hours per year for two years, 960 per year in
face to face counseling. Experience can be done in more than two years. It can be part time or full time or volunteer. It needs to be
clinical counseling. It needs supervision by an LCPC, LCSW, Lic. Psychologist or Psychiatrist.
The exams required are the NCE and the NCMHCE. You do not need to become an LPC to become a LCPC.

Examination Format

Problems on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMCHE) are designed to sample a broad area of
competencies, not the recall of isolated facts. Therefore, the problems assess clinical problem-solving ability, including identifying,
analyzing, diagnosing, and treating clinical problems.

The examination consists of 10 clinical mental health counseling cases. Each case will be divided into 5-8 sections classified as
either information gathering or decision-making.

                What do all the letters mean?
                LPC = Licensed Professional Counselor
                LCPC = Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
                NCE = National Counselor Exam
                NCMHCE = National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam
                ICA = Illinois Counseling Association
                IMHCA = Illinois Mental Health Counselor Association
                NBCC = National Board of Certified Counselors
                ACA = American Counseling Association
                AMHCA = American Mental Health Counseling Association




                                       P.O. Box 706, DeKalb, Illinois 60115
        phone ( 800 ) 493-4424  fax ( 815 ) 787-0505  e-mail imhca@imhca.org  website www.imhca.org
         Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association
            a state branch of the American Mental Health Counselors Association

Costs:
State application / licensing fee: $150
Endorsement Fee: For those licensed in another state with equivalent qualifications-$200
Renewal Fee:                    $60 per year (renew every two years in March of odd years)

Testing fees:                  Continental Testing NCE = $ 92.50
                               Continental Testing NCMHCE = $ 92.50
                               NBCC NCE= $185
                               NBCC NCMHCE=$185

IMHCA Test preparation two day workshops = $225 for IMHCA members, $265 for non-members,
NBCC Test preparation guides = NCE $24.95
                               NCMHCE $34.95



You must be licensed in Illinois to provide mental health treatment unless you are employed in an exempt capacity as
specified in the licensure law. These would include non-profit organizations, religious groups, government or schools.
The counselor licensure law provides both title protection and practice protection.

 Sec. 21. Unlicensed practice; violation; civil penalty. (a) Any person who practices, offers to practice, attempts to practice,
or holds himself or herself out to practice as a clinical professional counselor or professional counselor without being licensed or
exempt under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount
not to exceed $5,000 for each offense, as determined by the Department. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department
after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline of
a licensee.

Private Practice
"Professional counseling” means the provision of services to individuals, couples, groups, families, and organizations in any one or
more of the fields of professional counseling. Professional counseling
includes, but is not limited to:
       (1) Social, emotional, educational, and career testing and evaluation;
       (2) a professional relationship between a counselor and a client in which the counselor provides assistance in coping
with life issues that include relationships, conflicts, problem solving,
   decision making, and developmental concerns; and
       (3) research.
   Professional counseling may also include clinical professional counseling as long as it is not conducted in independent
private practice as defined in this Act.
   "Clinical professional counseling" means the provision of professional counseling and mental health services, which
includes, but is not limited to, the application of clinical counseling theory and techniques to prevent and alleviate mental and
emotional disorders and psychopathology and to promote optimal mental health, rehabilitation, treatment, testing, assessment,
and evaluation. It also includes clinical counseling and psychotherapy in a professional relationship to assist individuals, couples,
families, groups, and organizations to alleviate emotional disorders, to understand conscious and unconscious motivation, to resolve
emotional, relationship, and attitudinal conflicts, and to modify behaviors that interfere with effective emotional, social, adaptive, and
intellectual functioning.
   "Licensed professional counselor" and "professional counselor" means a person who holds a license authorizing the practice of
professional counseling as defined in this Act.
   "Licensed clinical professional counselor" and "clinical professional counselor" means a person who holds a license
authorizing the independent practice of clinical professional counseling in private
Practice as defined in this Act.
   "Independent private practice of clinical professional counseling" means the application of clinical professional counseling
knowledge and skills by a licensed clinical professional counselor who (i) regulates and is responsible for her or his own practice
or treatment procedures and (ii) is self-employed or works in a group practice or setting not qualified under Internal Revenue
Service regulations as a not-for-profit business.

(b) No person shall, without a valid license as a clinical professional counselor issued by the Department: (i) in any
manner hold himself or herself out to the public as a clinical professional counselor or licensed clinical professional counselor
under this Act; (ii) attach the title "clinical professional counselor" or "licensed clinical professional counselor"; or (iii) offer
to render to individuals, corporations, or the public clinical professional counseling services.
   (c) Licensed professional counselors (LPC) may not engage in an independent private practice as defined in this Act without a
clinical professional counseling license (LCPC). In an independent private practice, a licensed professional counselor must practice
at all times under the order, control, and full professional responsibility of a licensed clinical professional counselor, a licensed
clinical social worker, a licensed clinical psychologist, or a psychiatrist.




                                       P.O. Box 706, DeKalb, Illinois 60115
        phone ( 800 ) 493-4424  fax ( 815 ) 787-0505  e-mail imhca@imhca.org  website www.imhca.org
         Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association
            a state branch of the American Mental Health Counselors Association

The NBCC offers separately a national certification. Called an NCC (Nationally Certified Counselor)
The exam taken for this is the NCE. There is no reciprocity from state to state. The NCC does not allow one to practice in another
state or in Illinois. Currently 49 states have state licensure or certification.

Apply for licensure. ($150)
Apply to NBCC ($185) and Continental Testing ($92.50) to take exam.
Schedule exam after hearing back from NBCC at www.goamp.com
Exam is the first full week of each month at specific H & R Block offices on a computer.

Reciprocity
There is not reciprocity in licensure between states. All states except California have a licensure law. Some require different
academic hours or classes. Almost all use the same exams as Illinois so you can have your exam scores transferred.

Illinois law protects the titles “professional counselor” and “clinical professional counselor”. It also restricts specific activities to only
those who are licensed. (A Practice Act)



                        After January 1, 2008, all new graduate applicants will be required to meet the
                               curriculum requirements set forth in subsection (c) of this Section.

2)       The program, wherever it may be administratively housed, must be clearly identified and labeled
as offering counseling, rehabilitation counseling, psychology or similar programs. Such a program must
specify in institutional catalogues and brochures its intent to educate and train counselors or that the
institution grants a baccalaureate human services degree;

3)        The program is an organizational entity within the institution;

4)     The program has an integrated, organized sequence of study at least 2 academic years in length
and requires an individual to complete a minimum of 48 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours with
a minimum of one course (beginning January 1, 2008, "course" is defined as 3 semester hours or
equivalent) in each of the following areas (described in more detail in Appendix A of this Part):
A)       Human Growth and Development
 B)      Counseling Theory
C)       Counseling Techniques
D)       Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling
E)       Appraisal of Individuals
F)      Research and Evaluation
G)       Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities relating to professional counseling, especially as
related to Illinois law
H)       Social and Cultural Foundations
I)      Lifestyle and Career Development
J)       Practicum/Internship
K)      Psychopathology and Maladaptive Behavior
L)      Substance Abuse
M)      Family Dynamics;
5)      The program has faculty responsible for the program and has a sufficient number of full-time
instructors to make certain that the educational obligations to the student are fulfilled;

6)     The program has an identifiable body of students who are matriculated in that program for a
degree;

7)     The program has a one year residence. Residence requires interaction with faculty and other
matriculated students. One year's residence is defined as 24 semester hours taken on a full-time or part-
time basis at the institution, accumulated within the time frame and course of study of the program.

                                       P.O. Box 706, DeKalb, Illinois 60115
        phone ( 800 ) 493-4424  fax ( 815 ) 787-0505  e-mail imhca@imhca.org  website www.imhca.org

								
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