Mississippi and Louisiana Board Approved Qualified Supervisor (BQS) 

Licensing Requirements (LPC)

The following is a list of education requirements that all applicants must meet in order to be licensed:

A. Sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter hours of graduate study. For degrees conferred after January 1, 2017, the Board will only accept sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter hours master’s degree programs, and those programs shall be CACREP degree programs or degree programs with the word counseling in its title, and meet the structure of CACREP as it specifically pertains to the twelve (12) courses specified in State LPC rules and regulations as part of sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter hours that are required for completion of the degree or having earned a doctoral or educational specialist degree primarily in a counseling, guidance, or related field, which meets similar standards as specified above.

B. A graduate program related to counselor education is defined as one that contains course work in all of the following areas. Each applicant must have completed a three (3) hour semester course or its equivalent in each of the following areas:

  • Human Growth and Development - Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all levels of development, normal and abnormal human behavior, personality theory, life-span theory, and learning theory within cultural contexts. Emphasis is placed on psychological approaches used to explain, predict, and modify human behavior.
  • Social and Cultural Foundations - Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of societal changes and trends in human roles, societal subgroups, social mores, interaction patterns, and multicultural and pluralistic trends in differing lifestyles, and major societal concerns including stress, person abuse, substance abuse, discrimination, and methods for alleviating these concerns.
  • Counseling and Psychotherapy Skills - Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of philosophic bases of helping processes, counseling theories and their applications, basic and advanced helping skills, consultation theories and their application, client and helper self-understanding and self-development, and facilitation of client change.
  • Group Counseling - Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of group development, dynamics, and counseling theories; group leadership styles; basic and advanced group counseling methods and skills; and other group approaches.
  • Lifestyle and Career Development - Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of career development theories; occupational and educational information sources and systems; career and leisure counseling guidance and education; lifestyle and career decision-making; career development program planning resources and effectiveness evaluation.
  • Testing and Appraisal - Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of group and individual educational and psychometric theories and approaches to appraisal, data, and information gathering methods, validity and reliability, psychometric statistics, factors, influencing appraisals, and use of appraisal results in helping process. Additionally, the specific ability to administer and interpret tests and inventories to assess interests and abilities and to identify career options is important.
  • Research and Evaluation - Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of different types of research, basic statistics, research-report development, research implementation, program evaluation needs assessment, publication of research information, and legal considerations.
  • Professional Orientation to Counseling or Ethics - Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of professional roles and functions of counselors, professional goals and objectives, professional counseling organizations and associations, professional history and trends, ethical and legal standards, professional standards, and professional credentialing.
  • Theories of Counseling Psychotherapy and Personality – Course work includes studies in basic theories, principles and techniques of counseling, and their application to professional counseling settings.
  • Marriage and/or Family Counseling/Therapy – Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of marriage and family theories and approaches to counseling with families and couples. This includes appraisal of family and couples’ systems and the application of these to counseling families and/or couples in pre-marriage, marriage and/or divorce situations.
  • Abnormal Psychology and Psychopathology – Course work includes studies that provide a broad understanding of individuals’ current mental/emotional states consistent with accepted classifications such as those provided in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV or DSM-5 or most recent edition), as published by the American Psychiatric Association; and the ICD—10- CM (or most recent edition of ICD) and the development of planned, diagnosed - relevant interventions, including the goals of counseling, methods of treatment, and means of monitoring progress.
  • Internship – Supervised, planned, practical, advanced experience obtained in a clinical setting observing and applying principles, methods, and techniques learned in training and/or educational settings.

C. Courses completed by applicants that were not part of a counselor education or related counseling graduate program are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine applicability.

D. All applicants must provide official transcripts of all graduate work. Unopened official transcripts shall be submitted in the application packet or submitted to the Board directly from the approved educational institution.

Experience Requirements

A. Supervision Requirements - An Applicant must document the following supervised experience requirements prior to applying for licensure. The supervisor must be a Board approved Qualified Supervisor (BQS). The art of supervision is defined as assisting the counselor in developing expertise in methods of the professional mental health counseling practice and in developing self-appraisal and professional development strategies.  A total of three thousand five hundred (3,500) supervised hours of counseling (approximately 2 years) in a clinical setting post Bachelor’s degree comprised of the following:

  • A maximum of forty (40) supervised hours may be obtained per workweek.

  • Up to one thousand seven hundred fifty (1,750) hours may be obtained while enrolled in a Graduate Degree’s program internship or practicum and, although not required, where possible the Board would prefer BQS Supervision during internship or practicum.

  • A minimum of one thousand one hundred sixty-seven (1,167) supervised hours must be in Direct Services with clients and/or psychotherapy service to clients. Direct Services are only face to face counseling including individual counseling, couples/family counseling, group counseling, and testing and assessment.

  • One hundred (100) hours of individual face to face supervision are required. Up to 50 hours may be obtained while enrolled in a Graduate Degree program, including internship/practicum. Supervision meetings should occur at a frequency based upon these ratios: one (1) supervision hour to forty (40) hours of services provided OR one (1) hour of supervision to twenty-five (25) hours of Direct Services. For persons working part-time, supervision should occur no less frequently than every other week. No more than 50 hours of individual supervision received during a Graduate Degree Program will be accepted.

  • Group supervision will be acceptable for not more than fifty (50) hours of the required one hundred (100) hours of individual supervision. This is based on two (2) hours of group supervision being equivalent to one (1) hour of individual supervision. Total hours of group supervision should be reported in full and will then be divided by two (2) by the Board at review time.

  • Individual supervision provided by multiple supervisors regarding the same direct client service hours at the same site during the same time frame will not be accepted.

Source: Miss Code Ann. § 73-30-7 (6) & 73-30-9 (Rev. 2008)


Additional information regarding the LPC Supervision process and its requirements can be found on the Mississippi LPC Board and the Louisiana LPC Board websites.