This counseling psychology curriculum is designed to prepare students to apply to be Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in Pennsylvania. For LPC licensure in Pennsylvania, there are requirements for education, experience and an exam.
Education must consist of a 48-credit degree in counseling or related field, 60 overall graduate credits in the field in a "planned program," and specific courses including:
- Human growth and development
- Helping relationships
- Research and program evaluation
- Professional orientation
- Clinical practicum/internship
- Group work
- Career and lifestyle development
- Psychological appraisal
- Social and cultural foundations
Experience must consist of:
- 3,600 hours of supervised experience after the 48-credit degree
- Two hours of supervision per 40 hours, one of which must be individual
- 30-40 hours per week for three months at a site and/or more than 15 hours per week for six months at a site
Experience components must take no less than two years and no more than six years to complete; 600-1800 hours can be credited per year. Half of the time must be in various forms of client contact. Regarding the exam, a passing score is required on the National Counselor Exam.
Delaware Valley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.