State Laws and Counselor Certification Licensure Process in the State of Texas

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State Laws and Counselor Certification Licensure Process in the State of Texas Objective The objective of this work is to examine Texas state laws relating to the counselor certification licensure process. Laws related to school counseling, mental health counseling, addictions counseling and marital family therapy are also be examined. I. Chemical Dependency Counselors Chemical dependency counselors in the state of Texas are regulated under House Bill (HB) 3145 enacted by the 82nd Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Perry on June 17, 2011. The bill is reported to amend "Texas Occupations Code Chapter 504 the law that regulates the practice of chemical dependency counseling in Texas." (Texas State Department of Health Services, 2011) II. Counselor Licensure Requirements Texas counselor licensure requirements are reported to include completing all academic requirements and practicing under supervision to complete the three required years and 3,000 hours of post master's counseling experience stated to be inclusive of 1,500 hours of direct client contact. The supervision is then provided by a board approved LPC. The intern has only five years to complete their 3,000 hours and must successfully complete the National Counselor Examine (NCE) for licensure. The Texas Jurisprudence Exam is also required to be completed in order to obtain licensure. (Counselor Exam Prep, 2011) III. School Counselors School counselors in the state of Texas must obtain a
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