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LPC Licensure in Texas - Practicum Technicality PLEASE HELP!!?
February 15, 2018
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This question is for anyone familiar with the process of acquiring Professional Counselor License (LPC) in the the state of Texas.

My Circumstances: I graduated with my Master of Arts in Counseling degree in May 2017. In my program (which was from an accredited college), we were required to complete two practicum courses. I, however, did not complete the practicums, because I had a medical issue that forced me to take a leave from school from Fall 2015 through the Spring 2017. In my absence, my University (St. Edwards University in Austin), instituted a new rule for the Counseling program: all graduate students must complete their degree within 6 years of entering the program. This rule would potentially inhibit me from finishing my degree (though all I had left to take were the practicum courses), and I appealed to the president of the University, and they decided to just award me the Master's degree, given that I was for all intents and purposes almost 90% done.....

Yesterday I was informed that I can sit for the NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors) Licensure Exam whenever I want, but that the State of Texas will most likely not give me a license because I am missing this practicum requirement. I was told that the practicum must be done as a PART of the Counseling Degree program. It can't be post-graduate....

Obviously, this is extremely frustrating. I have the Master's Degree. I know I will ace the exam when I take it. I have been working in mental health for almost 6 years now, with my last position (one year) working closely with an LPC, and running groups in community clinics. I have worked my entire life for this, and now it turns out that I might have to COMPLETELY RESTART my Master's program at another school, because the Master's Degree I have is missing one class....

My Question: Can anyone please give me a few suggestions as to what my options are? Is there anyone within the State of Texas Licensing Board that I can appeal to? I came from abject poverty, and have fought hard my entire life to be a counselor... and now it seems that all of my hard work was in vain, because of (what I think) is a completely arbitrary technicality within the State of Texas. I have no problem taking a practicum at another school. But start my ENTIRE graduate program from scratch again? The very thought is DEVASTATING. I feel like my career is virtually over :'(

Please, is there anything I can do?

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