Professional Counseling Licensure in Oregon

How to Become a Counselor in Oregon

The basic requirements for licensing as a Professional Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist are:

  1. Review of academic education
  2. Post-master's supervised clinical experience
  3. Passage of a national competency exam

Graduates with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or a Master's in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling are eligible to apply to become professional counselor interns with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT) for LPC licensure. The OBLPCT is the authority for licensing requirements. Review the OBLPCT website for detailed information about the required academic education, post-graduation supervised clinical experience and national competency exam. Requirements for accrual of supervised hours, criminal records background check/fingerprinting, and national exam toward the professional counselor license (LPC) can be found on oregon.gov . 

Licensure Process for CMHC (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) Graduates: 

  1. After graduation, become a Registered Intern* with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists (OBLPCT). You must provide the board with transcripts verifying your graduation. You will pay a fee, complete a background check, and supply fingerprints.
    *
    Though the state board uses the term “intern,” please note that registered interns are typically recent graduates working in paid positions as counselors.   
  2. Identify your supervisor and have your supervisor approved by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists. Frequently, for graduates who begin work in an agency or clinic after graduation, a work supervisor or colleague serves as their supervisor for post-graduation clinical experience.  
  3. Complete 2,400 hours of post-graduation supervised clinical experience (typically completed within three years after graduation). Up to 400 hours may be counted from the graduate program internship using a form submitted by the Graduate School of Counseling. 
  4. Take and pass a board-approved competency exam. 
  5. After passing a board-approved competency exam, take and pass the Oregon law and rules exam. 
  6. Apply for your LPC license. 

Washington

Graduates with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are also eligible to apply to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in the State of Washington. For more information, see the application packet on Washington State's Department of Health website . 


Other States

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Master's degrees are CACREP accredited . CACREP is a well-respected organization and the preferred accrediting agency for most other counseling disciplines. CACREP makes licensure easier after graduation, as it is the most widely recognized from state to state.

CACREP has been described as the "current currency" in licensure and provides our graduates with greater flexibility in licensing from state to state. Verification of your program content and/or internship hours during your master's degree for licensing in other states may be scanned and emailed to vholland@georgefox.edu or mailed to:

Administrative Assistant
Graduate School of Counseling
George Fox University
12753 S.W. 68th Ave., #P510
Portland, OR 97223

Students are advised to keep copies of all course syllabi for course verification with out-of-state licensing boards.

Graduates can order official transcripts through the Registrar's Office or download  an unofficial transcript in MyGeorgeFox.   


Questions?

If you still have questions related to counseling licensure, please email us at counseling@georgefox.edu .