10 Facts To Know
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.