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10 Facts To Know

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10 Facts About LMHCs:

  • LMHCs hold a Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university from a program approved by the New York State Education Department.
  • LMHCs work in mental health clinics, approved community based programs, private practice, hospitals and other authorized settings.
  • LMHCs are bound by professional competency and ethical practice.
  • LMHCs are authorized to use assessment instruments, provide mental health counseling and psychotherapy, clinical assessment and evaluation, treatment planning and case management, prevention, discharge, and aftercare services.
  • There are almost 60 programs located throughout New York State approved by the NYSED as leading to a license.
  • There are over 5,500 LMHCs in New York living and working in rural, suburban and urban communities.
  • LMHCs are authorized by the NYS Commissioners statute to use classifications of signs and symptoms, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
  • While only newly licensed (2002) in New York State, LMHCs have been a part of the mental health care system since the early 1970s.
  • LMHCs must work under supervision for a total of 3,000 hours before receiving their license.
  • Licensure as an LMHC requires 60 credits from a CACREP-accredited program with required course content and a supervised internship in mental health counseling.