Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Licensed Professional Counselor. Linguistic lore states that the Inuit culture has numerous words for “snow” and it seems that Americans have numerous words for “counselor”. Even I’ll admit, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming when I tell people what I will be once I’ve completed my Master’s degree.
I was pleased to see the ACA begin taking steps towards a commonality among not only titles, but licensure laws as well. It may be a distant dream, but I do hope to one day move out of Florida and depending on when it is very likely that I’ll need to continue working, preferably as a counselor. The amount of time I spent researching various states’ licensure laws was enough to discourage me from every leaving my county, let alone the state.
Still, as I prepare to enter the profession I am excited to see it grow and am thankful that I can follow the progress. It also interests me that Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) was what delegates from the 20/20 Building Blocks project chose as the recommended title of licensure for counselors. While I agree with the rationale behind the decision, I am intrigued to see how this will affect myself and my degree program, as well as other counselors who may already be licensed under another title.
Hayley Wilson is a counselor-in-training at Florida Atlantic University. Her areas of interest include military service members and PTSD, substance abuse, and coffee.