Nevada rehabilitation counselors have multiple credentialing options. Professionals with training in clinical rehabilitation counseling can pursue state licensing as Clinical Professional Counselors (CPCs). The CPC license is based on education, examination, and supervised practice; a prospective CPC will first come under Board jurisdiction when completing supervised practice.
Individuals with more traditional rehabilitation counseling education may seek third party certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCs). Some rehabilitation counselors work as civil servants under CRC credentialing.
A prospective rehabilitation counselor should expect to complete a degree at at least the master's level.
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In order to be eligible for licensing, one must hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution. The degree program is to include no fewer than 48 semester hours. Mental health counseling programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) are automatically accepted as meeting requirements. Other programs may be found qualifying by the Board. It is not mandatory that the degree include the words “mental health counseling”.
The program must include the following:
The prospective LCPC will need to practice under supervision for at least two years. He or she will need to accrue at least 3,000 experience hours; a minimum 1,500 hours must consist of direct client contact.
The supervisee will hold licensure as an intern during this time. He or she will work under a supervision plan.
During the course of the experience period, the supervisee will spend a minimum of 100 hours under direct supervision. In some cases, additional supervision will be required; the intern is to have an hour of supervision a week per work setting.
The primary supervisor will be a CPC or marriage and family therapist. He or she will need to meet the Board’s experience and training requirements; national certification as a supervisor can be accepted as alternate means of showing that requirements have been met.
The prospective LCPC will need to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination, a specialty examination offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Once approved by the Nevada Board, the candidate will send confirmation to the NBCC along with the registration form and fee (currently $195). He or she will wait for the NBCC to issue an ATT. The ATT authorizes scheduling through Pearson VUE, either at the Reno or Las Vegas assessment center or at any of more than 400 other sites around the world. The NBCC has provided a webpage that specifically addresses the examination process in Nevada (http://www.nbcc.org/stateboardmap//NV).
Nevada places some limits on test retakes beyond those set by the NBCC. A candidate who fails an attempt is allowed one more attempt that year; subsequently, he or she can make only one attempt a year. Additional requirements may be imposed after a third failed attempt.
Statute also mandates that clinical professional counselors have good character. Applicants will follow Board instructions to carry out federal and state background checks. They will submit two fingerprint cards to the Board, accompanied by a copy of a driver’s license and a background fee (currently $48.50).
Application forms can be found on the Board website (http://marriage.nv.gov/Services/CPC).
The application fee is currently $75.
The Board requires official transcripts. Applicants can expect notification if thereState Employment in Rehabilitation Counseling / Civil Service are academic deficiencies.
The applicant can expect to be scheduled for an interview with the Board before a license is granted (http://marriage.nv.gov/Application/CPC_Interview/).
The state has multiple job classifications in the rehabilitation field. Positions classified as rehabilitation counselor" are master's level, though the degree will not always be in rehabilitation counseling or even counseling. An individual may be Rehabilitation Counselor I on the strength a master’s degree in a behavioral science field, but will need a plan in place to achieve Certified Rehabilitation Counselor status. Some positions require experience. Information can be found on the Human Resource Management website (http://hr.nv.gov/Resources/Class_Specifications/).
Candidates can sit for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination only after the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) approves their education. Some individuals are considered to have qualifying degrees but need considerable additional coursework to achieve eligibility (http://www.crccertification.com/pages/eligibility_requirements/69.php).
The following are among the degrees listed as qualifying:
If the degree is in counseling but not specifically rehabilitation counseling, the CRCC will look for some coursework that specifically relates to the job role. According to the certification guide, some degrees that do not have the word “counseling” in the title could be accepted as counseling degrees; this could be the case with a degree in clinical social work.
An individual may shorten his or her path to certification by enrolling in a rehabilitation counseling program that includes a 600-hour CRC-supervised internship. The Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) is the national accrediting agency for rehabilitation counseling programs. A student who completes a CORE-accredited program and qualifying internship is immediately eligible for certification; he or she may even be approved to test with as little as 75% of the program completed. A doctoral student who completes a qualifying internship as part of a counseling or rehabilitation counseling program is also eligible to test; at the doctoral level, CORE accreditation is not required.
A student who enrolls in a rehabilitation counseling program that includes a qualifying CRC-internship but does not hold CORE accreditation will need 12 months of work experience beyond the internship. A rehabilitation counseling graduate whose internship did not meet CRC standards has a longer experience requirement: 24 months.
Application materials will need to be in more than four months in advanced of a scheduled examination window. Approved CRC candidates schedule through Prometric.
Licensing information is available from the Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors (http://marriage.nv.gov/). The Board can be reached by telephone at (702) 486-7388 or by email at ‘nvmftbd at mftbd.nv.gov’.
The Nevada Counseling Association is an additional professional resource (http://nvcounseling.org/).