How to Become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Indiana

If you would like to become a Mental Health Counselor and receive your licensure from the Indiana Behavior Health and Human Services Licensing Board, you have to meet all requirements for examination, education and supervised practice. You are required to have completed the amount of supervised practice that is recommended. The minimum degree is a Master’s Degree and this must be obtained prior to applying for the licensure for LMHC in Indiana.

What Are the Requirements to Become a Counselor in Indiana?

There must be a graduate level program complete in counseling or any other related field. Any additional coursework may also be required if you want to meet Indiana’s standards. The Indiana board suggests that any related fields may be included: human development, psychology, human services, family relations, or clinical social work.

Counseling Educational Track
Education RequirementsEducation LengthAvailable Programs
Undergraduate WorkEarn a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling4 YearsOnline or Campus
Graduate WorkEarn a Master's Degree in Counseling5-6 YearsOnline or Campus
PHD or Doctoral WorkEarn a Doctorate in Counseling7-8 YearsOnline or Campus

You must have a Master’s Degree and have a minimum of 48 semester hours, or 72-quarter hours. You are required to have a minimum of 60 semester hours specified in counseling or any related field. Coursework must have been followed in the following areas:

  • Human Growth/development
  • Social/cultural counseling foundation
  • Helping relationships
  • Groups
  • Professional Orientation
  • Lifestyle/career development
  • Individual Appraising/assessment
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychotherapy/mental health counseling
  • Clinical Instructions
  • Contextual Dimensions

The program is required to include a minimum of 1,000 hours of professionally supervised practice. Typically, this will include 100 practicum hours, a 300-hour internship that is advanced, as well as a 600-hour internship. If the program didn’t have an advanced practicum, it’s typically okay as long as the total practicum and internship hours still added up to be a minimum of 1,000 hours. Supervised practice from Post-graduation varies if it will count towards this certain requirement.

The amount of minimum supervision hours you must provide is 100 hours that is face to face; this will be when you are doing the course of your internship and practicum experience.

What Are the Supervised Experience Requirements to Become a Counselor in Indiana?

There are certain supervisors that are acceptable when it comes to supervising practice. These include:

  • Psychologists
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychiatric/ Mental Health clinical nurse
  • Clinical social worker

There needs to be a minimum of 3,000 hours that included supervised practice before a license is even considered as a Mental Health Counselor. This type of practice that must be supervised will have to be completed no later or less than four years.

During the time of this type of supervised experience, you will be required to complete face-to-face supervision of a minimum of 100 hours. Generally, you will need your professional supervisor to fill out a statement and get it notarized so you can document your supervised experience.

What Are the Examination Requirements to Become a Counselor in Indiana?

In Indiana, applicants are required to pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE), administered by the National Board for Certified Counselors. First, you will need to send an application the board of Indiana. Once received, they will send you all the information for registration.

You are required to send in your form with your original signature, along with the fee of $195 to the NBCC. There will be a four-week waiting period. This period is so the board can review and approve your application. Then, you will be able to choose from the testing centers.

You must complete the exam within one year of your application. If you fail to do this, you will have to reapply. If the exam is not passed on the first try, you can submit a repeat exam application. In order to be considered for the application process, you will need to have your school send all of your official transcripts.

Counselor Career Outlook In Indiana

In reference to Bureau of Labor Statistics, In Indiana, the median salary for Licensed Counselors is $34,800. The average hourly wage is $16.73. This all varies and depends on the type of license an individual has. The specific type of counseling can make the salary vary as well.

Schools with Degree Programs Accepting Students from Indiana