Demonstrate clinical mental health counselor expertise in one or more areas of specialization (Child and Adolescent Counseling, Couples and Family Counseling, Developmental Disability Counseling, Substance Abuse & Co-occurring Disorders Counseling, Trauma Counseling). To be recognized as a counseling specialist in clinical mental health the applicant must complete all of the following requirements for each area of specialization:
A. Professional Development in the specialty area requires 120 hours of professional development specifically and primarily related to the specialty area.
- One graduate semester credit hour successfully completed is equal to 15 professional development hours.
- Presentation hours specifically and primarily related to the specialty area can be counted for up to 60 credits of required professional development hours.
- Graduate courses taught specifically and primarily related to the specialty area can be counted for up to 60 hours (a graduate semester hour taught equals 15 contact hours).
- At least 15 of the 120 professional development hours specifically and primarily related to the specialization must be earned within the past 5 years.
- Only professional development completed within the past 15 years will be counted toward meeting the professional development requirement.
- All professional development must be completed post 60-graduate credits in mental health counseling (or closely related field).
B. Certify that you have received a minimum of 10 hours of supervision by a supervisor qualified in that specialty area. Please provide name, address, license type and number of supervisor. This requirement is waived for applicants licensed or certified in the specialty area.
C. Applicants licensed or certified for independent practice for 5 years, without discipline, in an area directly related to the specialty applied for can document this license in lieu of documenting professional development hours in the specialty area (e.g. LMFT applying for Couples and Family specialization).