Counselors in the mental health field work in a wide variety of settings and help people with mental health needs of many kinds, including developmental disability and substance abuse issues. They may be licensed professionals or they may have a degree and/or specialized training in a mental health field. Each licensure board for licensed professional counselor, licensed substance abuse counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and licensed school counselor has different exams and requirements. Find the links for the licensure boards below.
Where to Get Education
Three years of full-time paid or volunteer supervised experience; a 300-hour supervised practicum; 270 hours of board-approved education covering various areas in substance abuse and professional skill-building, and completion of state exam. Mental Health Counselors require a Bachelors or Masters.