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EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

To meet the educational requirements, an applicant must hold a graduate degree (master's or doctorate) from:
 
1) A counseling program approved by CACREP or CORE*;
2) A program at an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional accrediting agency**; or
3) A foreign program that has been evaluated by a credentialing body recognized by the Board**.
 
The program must have been approved/accredited as of the date the degree was conferred.
 

*CACREP and CORE programs must have included at least 2 semester credit hours or 3 quarter credit hours of coursework in the diagnosis of mental disorders.

**Specific coursework requirements apply to regionally accredited (non-CACREP/CORE) and foreign programs: 

  • At least two years in duration, including at least:​
    • 48 semester credit hours or 72 quarter hours for graduate degrees granted before October 1, 2014; or
    • 60 semester credit hours or 90 quarter credit hours for graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014.
  • At least two semester credit hours or three quarter credit hours in each of the following:
    • Counseling Theory
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Social and Cultural Foundations
    • Helping Relationship
    • Group Dynamics Processing and Counseling
    • Lifestyle and Career Development
    • Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
    • Research and Evaluation
    • Professional Orientation (Ethics)
  • At least 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours of supporting coursework for specialty areas.

Deficiencies in the above coursework requirements may be remedied by completing graduate-level coursework in the deficient area(s) at a regionally accredited institution.

** See clinical practicum/internship experience requirements below.

Please also refer to OAR Ch. 833, Division 30- Requirements for LPC.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

To meet the educational requirements, an applicant must hold a graduate degree (master's or doctorate) from:
 
1) A marriage and family therapy program approved by COAMFTE*;
2) A program at an institution of higher learning accredited by a regional accrediting agency**; or
3) A foreign program that has been evaluated by a credentialing body recognized by the Board**.
 
The program must have been approved/accredited as of the date the degree was conferred.
 
*COAMFTE programs must have included at least 2 semester credit hours or 3 quarter credit hours of coursework in the diagnosis of mental disorders.
 
**Specific coursework requirements apply to regionally accredited (non-COAMFTE) and foreign programs:
  • For graduate degrees granted before October 1, 2014:
    • At least two years in duration, including at least 48 semester credit hours or 72 quarter credit hours;
    • At minimum, the following coursework:
      • Human Development- 4 semester hours or 6 quarter hours;
      • Marital and Family Theoretical Foundation Studies- 2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours;
      • Marital and Family Therapy Diagnosis and Assessment, Treatment, Principles and Techniques Studies- 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours;
      • Professional Studies- two semester hours or three quarter hours;
      • Research Methods or Statistics- two semester hours or three quarter hours;
    • Supporting Coursework Focusing on the Systems Paradigm for Specialty Areas- 16 semester hours or 24 quarter hours.
  • For graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014:
    • At least two years in duration, including at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of graduate-level credit;
    • At minimum, the following graduate-level coursework:
      • Individual and Family Development- 4 semester hours or 6 quarter hours;
      • Couple and Family Theoretical Foundation Studies- six semester hours or nine quarter hours;
      • Couple and Family Therapy, Treatment, and Techniques Studies- 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours;
      • Diagnosis of mental disorders- 2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours;
      • Diversity studies that include issues related to diversity, power and privilege- 2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours;
      • Ethical and Professional Studies- 2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours;
      • Research Methods or Statistics- 2 semester hours or 3 quarter hours;
    • Supporting coursework focusing on counseling and/or systems approaches- 36 semester hours or 54 quarter hours.
     

    Deficiencies in the above coursework requirements may be remedied by completing graduate-level coursework in the deficient area(s) at a regionally accredited institution.

** See clinical practicum/internship experience requirements below.

Please also refer to OAR Ch. 833, Div. 40 - Requirements for LMFT.

Supervised Clinical Practicum or Internship Experience

 This applies only to regionally accredited (non-CACREP/CORE/COAMFTE) and foreign programs.
 
The graduate degree must have included a supervised clinical practicum or internship experience that included*:
  • For graduate degrees granted on or after October 1, 2014: At least 700 total clock hours, including 280 direct client contact hours.
  • For graduate degrees granted before October 1, 2014: At least 600 total clock hours, including 240 direct client contact hours.

The program's clinical practicum/internship must have:

  • Had supervisory staff with a minimum of a master's degree in the program emphasis and with pertinent professional experience;
  • Made provision for faculty monitoring of operations;
  • Kept records of student-client contact hours including summary of student progress by the supervisor;
  • Had a written agreement with the program and student specifying learning objectives; and
  • Had a mechanism for program evaluation.
*Deficiencies in the supervised experience requirement may be remedied by completion of:
  • At least 700 clock hours of supervised clinical experience, including 280 direct client contact hours; or
  • At least five years of full-time post-degree clinical experience.