There are a number of steps (and a lot of time) in between receiving an LLPC license after graduation, and submitting an application for a full LPC license in the state of Michigan. Check out my blog here if you're looking into what those requirements are, and you can find the latest up to date information about what is required for your LPC application by going to LARA's website here. If you're looking for a supervisor currently, it's good to know exactly what kind of qualifications that person is needing to have (don't forget that the ones you desire that they have to help you learn and grow are also important) according to the state of Michigan. This leads us to the question of the day - How do I know if a supervisor is a Qualified LLPC Supervisor in Michigan? (Spoiler alert - on your LPC application for full licensure YOU must certify that your supervisor IS a "Qualified LLPC Supervisor")
The basics are important here:
To be considered a qualified LLPC supervisor in Michigan, the LPC MUST have the following:
If the LPC was providing LLPC supervision BEFORE January 1, 2013, they must have a minimum of 3 years of counseling experience in addition to having received training in counselor supervision. If this is the case with a LLPC supervisor you are considering, my encouragement is to ask for a resume in addition to their Supervision Disclosure Statement. Their disclosure statement should have details of their work history and experience as a supervisor, and the resume should back it all up.
If a potential supervisor you're considering was NOT providing LLPC supervision prior to January 1, 2013 they must have 3 years of counseling experience AND received 30 hours of specific training in LLPC counselor supervision. This training has specific requirements and can include 1) EITHER 2 semester hours of a graduate level course of training in counseling supervision OR 30 contact hours of a workshop/CEU training in counseling supervision. This training must include the following topics:
- Evaluation of LLPC's and the supervision process
- Legal and ethical issues in counseling supervision
- Group supervision
- Cultural issues in supervision
- Supervision relationship issues
- Methods and techniques in counseling supervision
- Mental health related development
- Models of counseling supervision
- Roles and Functions of counseling supervisors
The supervisor should be able to provide you with a copy of the certificate of completion of the training program, or an explanation of the courses completed (if a graduate course was completed). You can also look for a supervisor who holds the ACS credential - Approved Clinical Supervisor - this is a credential that certifies that an LPC has met national professional supervision standards (including all of the standards that are required to consider them a qualified LLPC supervisor in the state of Michigan) Any Michigan LLPC supervisor should be prepared for these types of questions about their qualifications. You're going to be connected to this person for approx 2 years or until your hours and supervision hours have been completed - make sure to do your due dligence prior to beginning!