Effective May 15, 2001, all applicants for LPC licensure shall have a Licensed Professional Counselor as a supervisor.
Please find below an outline of the requirements for the Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor (ALPS) credential.
Legislative Rule, Series 1 reads: 6.2.d. The professional supervisor shall be pre-approved by the Board and shall provide post-graduate degree supervision for applicants provided he or she is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
The professional supervisor shall be permanently licensed for a period of two (2) years and shall have five years counseling experience. This can be aLicensed Professional Counselor in West Virginia or in any other state where the LPC requirements are equal to or greater than the requirements in West Virginia. If the LPC or LPCC is out-of-state, the LPC will be required to attach a copy of their current license to the full application. Five years of counseling experience is any counseling experience, licensed or unlicensed, that can be documented.
Series 1, includes: "the professional supervisor shall demonstrate a stable employment history, and skills necessary to address all core areas of practice as outlined in subsection 6.1.b of this rule and the ACA Code of Ethics".
The professional supervisor shall document to the Board that he or she has completed training in clinical counseling supervision that includes content and experiences relevant to the supervision of counselors.
The LPC with MORE THAN ten (10) years continuous counseling experience that can be documented, shall submit to the Board certificates of completion for 15 contact hours in clinical counseling supervision. The clinical supervision training can be in the form of a one-semester hour class (15 contact hours) from a graduate institution and/or fifteen (15) contact hours in continuing education from an approved provider.
The LPC with LESS THAN ten (10) years continuous counseling experience that can be documented, shall submit to the Board certificates of completion for thirty (30) contact hours in clinical counseling supervision.
The clinical supervision training can be in the form of continuing education from an approved provider, or graduate coursework from an accredited graduate institution in which one graduate semester hour course is equivalent to 15 contact hours of contuing education.
The professional supervisor shall provide the Board with a statement detailing his or her counseling philosophy, supervision experience and counseling experience.