An “intern” can mean different things to people especially when seeking counseling. The following information will help to understand what it means in the counseling profession.
The definition of intern is: an advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field (such as medicine or teaching) gaining supervised practical experience (as in a hospital or classroom).
A Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-Intern) has completed the following education and experience:
- Graduated with a masters degree in Professional Counseling from an accredited college or university.
- Obtained 300 hours of experience as a student prior to graduation, supervised by the college or university
- After graduation, has taken and passed the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE)
- Has been approved by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors ( LPC-Board) to hold a temporary license designating them as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
In order for an LPC-Intern to become fully licensed, they must:
- Obtain 3000 hours of counseling experience under the supervision of a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S).
- Attend supervision weekly, 4x per month, with their board approved LPC-Supervisor
- Are NOT able to practice independently in their own private practice
- Are NOT able to accept payment for sessions directly from a client
A Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor is:
- Responsible for all clients that are seen by the LPC-Intern. Although the LPC-S is not in the room during sessions, cases are reviewed weekly to help guide, mentor and assure the highest ethical practices are being met.
- A Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) must have at least 5 years’ experience of being fully licensed and receive 40 hours of training to receive a LPC-S designation.
Seeing a LPC-Intern for counseling is the same as if you were seeing a “resident” (doctor) at a hospital. A resident has completed school and are practicing as a doctor performing duties independently but their work is reviewed and signed off by a fully licensed doctor.
Your LPC-Intern is the same as in the example above. They have completed school and are professional therapists gaining experience by working independently but their work is supervised by a fully licensed professional counselor.
Coming soon by August 2019:
Spirit-Mind-Body Connections Counseling, PLLC will soon offer reduced fee counseling to clients in the community by an LPC-Intern. A LPC-Intern is not allowed to take insurance, so their services are paid out of pocket and not reimbursable by your insurance company.
Fee: $25 per session
paid to Spirit-Mind-Body Connections Counseling, PLLC owner Noemi Mendez-Hyams, LPC-S
Sessions available: Fridays at 10, 11 and 12 pm