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How to become a Counselor in New Hampshire

Learn how to earn your counseling licensure in NH

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Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their counseling certification in New Hampshire. Most requirements such as earning your Master's degree, completing 3000 hours of supervised experience and passing the NCE examination have been and will continue to be mandatory in the New Hampshire counseling licensure process. However, it is wise to contact the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice at (603) 217-6762 to make sure you are on the right track.

I'm a High School Graduate...

By already researching how to become a counselor in New Hampshire, you are showing great motivation. However, you will want to use your motivation and current momentum to make a very important decision, the decision to earn a college education. New Hampshire counseling certification requires all candidates to possess a master's level education.

Your next step is to learn how you can enroll in an Associate's degree program or Bachelor's degree program.

Click on the links below to browse schools offering programs in psychology or counseling.

Once you have enrolled in a program, take advantage of your school's career services department and learn how you can find employment or volunteer opportunities that are related to the counseling career path.

I've already received my Bachelor's degree...

Once you have your bachelor's degree, you will need to find a school offering a master's or doctoral degree program in counseling.

Your master’s or a doctoral degree in counseling must be from a regionally accredited institution whose program meets guidelines set forth by the National Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors or the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Step One:

Click on the links below to contact schools offering Master's or PhD programs in counseling or related field.

Or request information from additional schools offering counseling programs in New Hampshire.

OR, you will need to earn a graduate degree program in a related field, such as psychology, that is deemed to have met all necessary requirements by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice.

Step Two:

Next, you will need to complete a minimum of 2 years of paid, post-master’s experience in a mental health counseling setting including a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work in no less than a 2-year period and no more than a 5-year period. In addition, your supervised experience will need to include 100 hours of face to face supervision. You will also need to be supervised by a nationally-certified or state-licensed mental health professional.

More information about supervisory requirements and procedures can be found in section Mhp 302.19 on the following New Hampshire Board's webpage.

Step Three:

Next, you will need to successfully pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (NCMHC).

Registration and examination information is available on the NBCC website.

Step Four:

Finally, you will need to download and complete the New Hampshire Clinical Mental Health Counseling Licensure form found on the following New Hampshire Board's webpage.

Good Luck!

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Note: This list contains online and campus schools that accept students from New Hampshire.
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