Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The Adler Graduate School prepares students to pursue the professional role of clinical mental health counselor. This is a nationally recognized field in the practice of mental health. Professional counselors typically hold a license as an LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor and/or a license as an LPCC - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

This is the basic license in clinical mental health counseling. In Minnesota, LPC is generally not recognized as insurance reimbursable. However, practitioners holding LPC are able to practice independently and are recognized as mental health specialists. Many clinical mental health practitioners obtain LPC on their way to LPCC. The primary differences in working for LPCC as a continuation of LPC are additional coursework and practice hours under clinical supervision.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

The Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Minnesota offers clinicians a distinguished and rigorous independent clinical mental health practice option. This license is available to master’s level practitioners.

At the Adler Graduate School, students may matriculate in a 60-credit master’s degree program that fully prepares them for the LPCC. Students obtain the Master of Arts degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in clinical counseling.

The LPCC is for practitioners who want to work with individuals, couples, and families. It is designed as a master’s level, independent clinical license that takes the broad view of mental health concerns and treatment. In many ways, LPCC is the more “generalist” license for mental health practice in Minnesota.

 

Clinical mental health counselors work in numerous settings that provide education and mental health services to individuals, couples, and families. In terms of course work and professional preparation, clinical mental health counselors vary from marriage and family therapists in that the clinical mental health counselor's focus is more on individual growth and development. Though clinical mental health counselors work with couples and families, it is more typical that their professional practice is individually focused.

The Adler Graduate School's academic program emphasis in clinical mental health counseling is constructed around State of Minnesota criteria for licensure as a professional counselor. The LPC and LPCC are nationally recognized mental health licenses existing in nearly all 50 states. LPC and LPCC professionals are overseen by the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy, 2829 University Ave SE Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55414, phone (612) 617-2178.