LPC Intern stand for Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
Is an LPC Intern a student?
No. An LPC Intern has completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling or a related field (sociology, psychology) that includes 48 hours of counseling related courses, and completed at least 300 hours of counseling experience known as “practicum.” A Master’s student working with clients to gain experience is typically referred to as a “Practicum Student.”
What’s the difference between an LPC and an LPC Intern?
The difference between an LPC Intern and an LPC is three-fold.
1. An LPC Intern is someone who holds a provisional license. This means he/she has met all the educational and competency requirements to be an LPC in the state of Texas, but the state wants this person to accumulate more hours of counseling experience and training.
2. An LPC Intern is in the process of completing 3,000 professional counseling hours. It typically takes LPC Interns two to five years to complete 3,000 hours. An LPC has completed said hours and had them approved by the State LPC Board.
3. An LPC Intern is supervised. LPC Interns are required to be trained and guided by a state-approved LPC Supervisor. An LPC is no longer required to have official supervision, and is able to lead their own private practice.
Is an LPC Intern experienced enough to help with my problems?
Yes. The various graduate school programs and State Board have decided each LPC Intern is equipped with enough knowledge and experience to provide beneficial psychotherapy to others.
If you compare an LPC Intern to a LPC Supervisor who has been counseling clients for 20 years, then of course, the LPC Intern is not as experienced. However, in comparison to everyday Joe Schmoe, LPC Interns have ample experience and study that can help. LPC Interns have studied and practiced counseling specifically for years before sitting with you in a therapy session.
Some equivalent comparisons:
An engineer working before obtaining her respective license. Does she has as much experience as her boss or manager? No, but she has a bachelors and/or master’s degree in her field and ample knowledge to work in the field of engineering before getting her license.
Think also of a sous chef, who has studied at a culinary school, working under the head chef to gain experience and make his way toward being his own head chef one day.
An Associate Professor at a university, who has finished all the credit hours for a Ph.D. and is completing or waiting to defend his dissertation.
Also, time often leads to wisdom, as it should, but that is not necessarily a guarantee. One also cannot forget passion, compassion, humility, and empathy — characteristics that are irreplaceable to being a good counselor that are either present or absent within particular individuals, no matter the age or experience.