ALPS

Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor (ALPS)

All LPC licensure applicants are required to have a Licensed Professional Counselor as a supervisor. Below, you will find an outline of the requirements to earn the Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor (ALPS) credentials.
Legislative Rule, Series 1 reads: 6.2.d. The professional supervisor shall be pre-approved by the Board and shall provide post-graduate degree supervision for applicants provided he or she is a licensed professional counselor.
The professional supervisor shall be permanently licensed for two (2) years and have five (5) years of counseling experience. This can be a Licensed Professional Counselor in West Virginia or in any other state where the LPC requirements are equal to or greater than the requirements in West Virginia. If the LPC or LPCC is out of state, the LPC will be required to attach a copy of their current license to the full application. Five (5) years of counseling experience is any counseling experience, licensed or unlicensed, that can be documented.
Series 1 includes: “the professional supervisor shall demonstrate a stable employment history, and skills necessary to address all core areas of practice as outlined in subsection 6.1.b of this rule and the ACA Code of Ethics.”
The professional supervisor shall prove to the Board that they have completed training in clinical counseling supervision, including content and experiences relevant to supervising counselors.

The LPC with more than ten (10) years of continuous documented counseling experience, shall submit to the Board certificates of completion of 15 contact hours in clinical counseling supervision. This training can be a one-semester hour class (15 contact hours) from a graduate institution or fifteen (15) contact hours in continuing education from an approved provider.

The LPC with less than ten (10) years of continuous documented counseling experience, shall submit to the Board certificates of completion of thirty (30) contact hours in clinical counseling supervision.

Clinical supervision training can be continuing education from an approved provider or graduate coursework from an accredited institution in which one semester hour course is equivalent to 15 contact hours of continuing education.
The professional supervisor will provide the Board with a statement detailing their counseling philosophy, supervision, and counseling experience.
Instructions to complete the “Professional Statement” are found in the ALPS application packet.
There is no fee associated with applying or becoming an Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor (ALPS).

To apply for the Approved Licensed Professional Supervisor (ALPS) credential, click to download the application materials.