There are some hoops you need to know about as you investigate how to become a LPC Supervisor in Texas. This article covers what you need to know including how many years you must be fully licensed and what makes a good 40 hour supervisor training. Prefer to listen in the car or on the treadmill? This post also features a podcast episode where I go into much more detail about becoming a LPC Supervisor.
TCCBB 0104 How do You Become a Supervisor Anyway?
Last week I was listening to an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air. Jose Andres, a chef with Michelin stars by his name, was describing how his non-profit had gone into Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria and cooked thousands of meals for survivors.
I was blown away by his magnificent cooking machine. In his program, trained chefs train other chefs to train volunteers who cook meals for the needy.
“I must do this!” I thought.
Then I realized; I already do.
I teach the 40 hour course to become a LPC or LMFT supervisor in Texas. Like these chefs, my course participants already have a passion for paying it forward. It is my job to make sure they meet all of the state education requirements so they can apply for the supervisor designation successfully.
What are the requirements for LPC Supervisor training courses in Texas?
Making the decision to become a LPC supervisor in Texas starts with knowing your eligibility. The LPC-S is not a license, rather it is a ‘designation.'
In Texas you must be fully licensed for five years before you can apply for the LPC Supervisor designation. The 40 hour course completion certificate is good for two years, so you can actually take the course any time after you hit your three year mark. Once the board approves your application at your five year mark, your supervisor designation renews when you renew your license.
The board can delay or deny your application if you have taken a course that does not offer the topics specified in the rules LPC 681.147(3).
In addition to requiring certain topics, the Texas LPC board dictates the 40 Hour LPC Supervisor Training Course must adhere to the following:
- The instructor must be a LPC Supervisor in good standing LPC 681.147(1)
- The start and end dates for the course must be clear on the certificate because you only have 90 days to complete the course LPC 681.147 (2)
The course itself can be delivered in person or completely online. As of 2019 there are no more approved courses or approved providers.
Beware of course creators who let you ‘re-purchase' a course you failed to complete.
Course creators should not profit from your failure. Also instructors who offer deadline extensions are breaking the rules. If your certificate indicates more than 90 days to complete the course, the board may not honor it.
How do you apply to be a LPC Supervisor in Texas?
Once you finish your 40 Hour LPC Supervisor Course, you should receive a certificate documenting the forty hours you completed. This certificate should show:
- The name of the course
- Your name
- The beginning and end date to show you completed within 90 days
- The number of continuing education hours for ethics and multicultural competency
- The total number of hours you completed
- The name and contact information of the company who offered the course
When you reach your five year mark, go to the BHEC website and follow their instructions. As of this writing there is an application you must complete and a fee.
Remember the 40 Hour LPC Supervisor Training course is NOT a certification course. The LPC board has the final say about whether or not the course you took met all of the requirements. Only they can grant you the supervisor designation.
Who can supervise LPC Associates in Texas?
If you are a fully licensed LPC just pass the course and submit your 40 Hour LPC Supervisor Training CE certificate, your application, and fees when you hit your five year mark.
How do I find an excellent Texas LPC supervisor training?
In 2007 my mentor Dr. Judy DeTrude and I developed the 40 Hour LPC LMFT Supervisor Training. In 2019 Kate Walker training produced the first completely online dual licensed supervisor training.
Forty in-person cohorts and over seven hundred online graduates later?
I am proud to say we have made a significant impact in getting supervisors out into the field and helping to make mental health services accessible to Texans who need it.
It is my job to make sure the Kate Walker Training Online 40 Hour LPC/LMFT Supervisor Course go the extra mile. That's why our course graduates meet all of the education requirements listed above and they get:
- Engaging videos based on the latest rule changes including the new LPC Associates and records custodian rules
- A working contract you'll be able to use right away with your supervisees
- An orientation, evaluation, and remediation plan combination that will protect your license from supervisee mistakes
- Support after the course including templates paperwork and tools to get you started, free tickets to consultation groups, a tribe of mentors available to answer questions,
It's your time and money so whichever course you choose, make sure it meets these expectations.
You can check out the Kate Walker Training course out here.
Blog post by Kate M. Walker Ph.D., LPC/LMFT Supervisor
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