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THE LPCC (Licensed professional Clinical Counselors)

Additional Coursework

Applicable to California residents who began their degrees prior to August 1, 2012: 

In addition to the degree described, or as part of that degree, an applicant shall complete the following coursework or training before education can be approved.  With the exception of the course in psychopharmacology, which is a university graduate or undergraduate course, the following requirements may be fulfilled with graduate or undergraduate courses, online courses, or continuing education courses offered by providers who are approved by a BBS-recognized approval agency.  See Course Providers on this website for available courses.

  • (1) A minimum of 15 contact hours of instruction in alcoholism and other chemical substance abuse dependency, as specified by regulation. *
  • (2) A minimum of 10 contact hours of training or coursework in human sexuality as specified in Section 25, and any regulations promulgated there under. **
  • (3) A two semester unit or three quarter unit survey course in psychopharmacology.
  • (4) A minimum of 15 contact hours of instruction in spousal or partner abuse assessment, detection, and intervention strategies, including knowledge of community resources, cultural factors, and same gender abuse dynamics.
  • (5) A minimum of seven contact hours of training or coursework in child abuse assessment and reporting as specified in Section 28 and any regulations adopted there under. ***
  • (6) A minimum of 18 contact hours of instruction in California law and professional ethics for professional clinical counselors. When coursework in a master’s or doctoral degree program is acquired to satisfy this requirement, it shall be considered as part of the 48 semester unit or 72 quarter unit requirement in subdivision (c). *****
  • (7) A minimum of 10 contact hours of instruction in aging and long-term care, which may include, but is not limited to, the biological, social, and psychological aspects of aging.
  • (8) A minimum of 15 contact hours of instruction in crisis or trauma
  • counseling, including multidisciplinary responses to crises, emergencies,
  • or disasters, and brief, intermediate, and long-term approaches
  • 4999.32. (e)

BBS Rules and Regulations: The BBS is required by the Business and Professions Code to set regulations for the following courses:

* BBS Regulation 1810 (a). Alcoholism and Other Chemical Substance Dependency Training

The instruction and training in alcoholism and other chemical substance dependency required by Section 4999.32 of the Code shall consist of not less than fifteen hours of classroom training or coursework and shall include the following areas:

  1. The definition of alcoholism and other chemical dependency, and the evaluation of the abuser.
  2. Medical aspects of alcoholism and other chemical dependency.
  3. Current theories of the etiology of substance abuse
  4. The role of persons and systems that support or compound the abuse.
  5. Major treatment approaches to alcoholism and chemical dependency.
  6. Legal aspects of substance abuse.
  7. Knowledge of certain populations at risk with regard to substance abuse.
  8. Community resources offering assessment, treatment and follow-up for the abuser and family.
  9. The process of referring affected persons.
  10. Education concerning the prevention of substance abuse.

**BBS Regulation 1807. Human Sexuality Training

The human sexuality training required of professional clinical counselors shall:

  1. Consist of a minimum of ten (10) hours of training or coursework.
  2. Include the study of physiological-psychological and social-cultural variables associated with sexual identity, sexual behavior or sexual disorders.
  3. Have been completed after January 1, 1970

BBS Regulation 1807.2. Child Abuse Assessment Training Requirements

All persons applying for a license as a professional clinical counselor shall have completed coursework or training in child abuse assessment which shall consist of not less than 7 classroom hours and shall include training in each of the subject areas described in Section 28 of the Business and Professions Code (BPC).

BPC 28 (d) Include the study of the assessment and method of reporting of sexual assault, neglect, severe neglect, general neglect, willful cruelty or unjustifiable punishment, corporal punishment or injury, and abuse in out-of-home care. The training shall also include physical and behavioral indicators of abuse, crisis counseling techniques, community resources, rights and responsibilities of reporting, consequences of failure to report, caring for a child's needs after a report is made, sensitivity to previously abused children and adults, and implications and methods of treatment for children and adults.

The BBS Regulations require that all of the above courses shall have been obtained from:

  1. An educational institution accredited by an accrediting agency essentially equivalent to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, including extension courses offered by such institutions; or
  2. An educational institution approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, including extension courses offered by such institutions
  3. A continuing education provider approved by the board; or
  4. A course sponsored by a professional association; or
  5. A course sponsored, offered, or approved by a state, county, or local department of health services or department of mental health.
Providers of Coursework lists some of these providers

California Law and Ethics course: Licensure requires an 18 classroom-hour course in California law and ethics.

  • Those who completed their graduate degrees in California may be able to meet this requirement with the course Professional Orientation, Ethics and Law in Counseling, which is required in the graduate degree.
  • Counselors from other states must take the 18-hour course, as defined below, in addition to the course in Professional Orientation, Ethics and Law in Counseling, which is required in the graduate degree.

Following is what is to be included in the 18-hour course for those applying from out of state, but it may be applicable to those who studied in California, if they need a review. These topics will likely be covered in the Law and Ethics Exam required for licensure.

An 18-hour course in California law and professional ethics that includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Instruction in advertising
  2. Scope of practice
  3. Scope of competence
  4. Treatment of minors
  5. Confidentiality
  6. Dangerous clients
  7. Psychotherapist-client privilege
  8. Record keeping
  9. Client access to records
  10. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  11. Dual relationships
  12. Child abuse
  13. Elder and dependent adult abuse
  14. Online therapy
  15. Insurance reimbursement
  16. Civil liability
  17. Disciplinary actions and unprofessional conduct
  18. Ethics complaints and ethical standards
  19. Termination of therapy
  20. Standards of care
  21. Relevant family law
  22. Therapist disclosures to clients.
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