LicensureThe counseling programs of the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology convey the subject matter of their respective disciplines within a framework of training and education so that graduates may serve as professional counselors. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Thus, graduates of our program are able to inform licensing boards and potential employers that they graduated from a regionally accredited program in the United States.
Learners are strongly encouraged to carefully research the educational requirements for the intended licensure or certification in the state(s), or countries, where they will seek licensure or certification. Naropa graduates have successfully obtained licensure throughout the United States and internationally.
Please note that the licensure requirements of state boards and licensing agencies vary from state to state in the US, as well as internationally. Additionally, licensure requirements change over time. Consequently, successful completion of degree requirements is necessary for, but does not guarantee that a state or overseas board or licensing agency will accept a graduate's application for licensure, with some states and countries requiring additional course work not covered in a single graduate program. Learners will be assisted in forming their individualized path towards licensure and navigating licensure requirements (see below for Licensure Support).
Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs
The Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology (GSCP) is in the process of applying for accreditation through the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Accreditation by CACREP is a recognition that the program’s curriculum meets or exceeds national standards, and includes appropriate course work and skill development for the field of counseling.
Further benefits of CACREP accreditation include:
- Access to more employment opportunities
- Prepares students for state licensure examinations
- Streamlines counseling licensure application processes in many states
- Supports the development of professional counselor identity
- Supports entry into doctoral degree programs.
The GSCP will be submitting their application for CACREP accreditation in June 2016. A successful application will see all students who are currently enrolled and all incoming students from 2016–17 onwards graduate with a CACREP-accredited degree; current third-year students graduating in spring 2016 would receive this accredited degree retroactively.
Colorado State Licensure
In 1989, Colorado made licensure available on a voluntary basis to masters' level professional counselors by instituting a licensure board and creating standards and testing to determine qualification for such licensure. Many other states also require licensure. Each state often has its own regulations.
Insurance companies vary in their policies regarding recognizing master's-level licensure
for reimbursement. As of July 1, 1998, Licensed Professional Counselors in Colorado
are qualified to receive third-party payment from insurance companies.
To be licensed in Colorado, counselors must submit syllabi and course descriptions for the courses that fulfill the eight LPC content areas; pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and the Colorado Jurisprudence; complete 2,000 hours of postgraduate supervised clinical practice; and receive 100 hours of supervision over a minimum of twenty-four months. Students may sit for the LPC exam as early as their last semester of graduate studies or anytime thereafter. There is a time limit of four years to complete all requirements from the date of application for licensure. Full details on Colorado licensure is available here Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).
At this time, licensure is not required to practice in the state of Colorado. However, any person practicing psychotherapy in Colorado is required to register with the Colorado state database of psychotherapists as a Registered Psychotherapist. Failure to do so makes one subject to criminal and/or regulatory sanctions.
Licensure Support & Learner Responsibilities
The Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology provides learners, as well as graduates, with licensure support through the Graduate School of Counseling & Psychology Credentialing Coordinator. Students and graduates can gain assistance and guidance in establishing an individualized plan towards licensure in the US or internationally, where needed. The Credentialing Coordinator also offers learners up-to-date resources and workshops, and provides 'Official' support, advocacy, and documentation for learners and graduates seeking licensure. Support around career and professional development is also available through faculty and academic advisors, and the Naropa Career Services office.
Learners also need to be aware of their responsibilities regarding licensure and certification.
Learners should conduct their own research and monitor developments in their intended
states or countries for licensure/ certification, and work with available supports
to explore options for meeting their requirements. It is also absolutely necessary
that learners save the syllabi from all of the courses taken each year in one of Naropa
University's graduate counseling psychology programs; relevant course catalogs are accessible on Naropa.edu. Many licensing boards require detailed course descriptions
that show what specific material and skills have been covered. By saving syllabi learners
will have the appropriate sections and classes that correspond to their transcript.
Some resources made available to Naropa students and alumni are accessible here.
*Please note that the above information on licensure does not apply to the low-residency MA in Transpersonal Psychology program.