What are the benefits of getting a temporary LPC licensure? I am in the process of obtaining my hours for my internship and plan to take my exams before finishing my masters. I am debating whether it is worth it or not to get a temporary license, but would love some input/opinions on it! How does supervision and earning full licensure hours work when under a temporary license? Thank you in advance!
LPC Temporary Licensure Question
by Jennifer Kean | Apr 12, 2023 | Members Forum | 8 comments
You can work as a 1099 instead of having to be a w2 employee… so more freedom and options for employment.
So are you saying that if an LPC works for a church for instance and sets her own hours that she could not work as a subcontractor (1099)?
Facility billing regs require you to have a ‘license by the state.’ I require therapists under supervision in my setting to have a temp license.
I would say a temp license at your stage of your career it would be beneficial. Employment opportunities are the number 1 thing. Other agencies also increase pay with a temp license. Basically if you get a temp license you are doing everything on the forefront, everything but 1 exam and your hours. I would say go for it since you’re so eager! It will help you to stay on track and motivated. Get a good supervisor who can keep teaching and motivating you!
Good morning everyone!
Thank you so much for all of your answers. I have a few more questions:
How did supervision work with a temp license? I’m trying to understand if you basically have to be employed somewhere with a supervisor or can your supervisor be employed somewhere else? I just assumed based off my internship that I’m working under my supervisor at their place of employment, so it sounds like it should be the same process. I was looking to get employed hopefully at either an all telehealth or hybrid site, but want to make sure I understand what my responsibilities are with getting supervision hours to get my full license.
Jennifer, you will likely have a supervisor wherever you work, but that does not mean that supervision would count toward licensure. It will count if your work supervisor has completed ACS training. Post-master’s supervision must be provided by an approved clinical supervisor (ACS) or someone who has completed their supervision training and has been licensed for 5 years. So, you might have to have an off-site supervisor who is qualified to provide supervision toward licensure.
Whether or not you have a temporary license, the requirement for supervision from a qualified supervisor remains the same. Guidelines for the need for a temporary license are in a state-approved document called “Policy on LPC Clinical Setting Requirements.” I think they recently revised that document, so you should call the Board and ask for the newest clarification.
What are the stipulations of practicing telehealth with a temp-license?
My supervisor suggested I get a temp license because you submit the bulk of paperwork then, letting you know if you have any deficiencies to correct. Better to do it early than be frustrated or disappointed later. I’m glad I did because as we all know the process is pretty vague and murky.