Yes. The Board requires that both the supervisee and ALPS maintain copies of the quarterly logs and maintain an ongoing tally of the completed supervision hours. You will need to provide this documentation to the Board if asked. Please use the quarterly report form in Excel available on this site, it will calculate the totals. You are required to provide the Board with the midpoint SVA and final SVA only. See the Instructions for completing the Quarterly Log Sheets for more information. Please address questions regarding supervision status, number of hours completed, or supervision requirements with your ALPS before contacting the Board.
If you have not yet completed the licensure requirements in your state (to include the coursework, degree, exam, and supervision requirements) by obtaining the highest level of licensure in which you may practice independently as a professional counselor, you may apply as a standard applicant to WV. In addition to following the application instructions provided on the Instruction Checklist, please request your state licensing Board forward certified copies of the following materials directly to the WV Counseling Board address:
A certified copy of your file from the state where licensed (or working toward licensure) AND a copy of the licensing rule in effect when you applied for licensure.
The certified copy must include:
Supervision records must include start and finish dates, total number of therapy/counseling activity hours, total number of direct hours, and total individual supervision hours. Additionally, your supervisor’s name and credentials will need to be included.
If your licensing Board will not provide your official supervision records, please have your approved supervisor(s) provide the following:
Please note, if you have a copy of your file from the state where you are licensed, you can include it in your packet to the Board as long as the seal has not been broken on the envelope. If the envelope has been opened, it cannot be accepted as a certified copy.
When the following requirements have been met:
The licensure rule requires 3000 total counseling activity hours; therefore, the following must be completed to fulfill the supervision requirement:
For every twenty (20) hours of total counseling activity, you must meet with your ALPS for one (1) hour of individual supervision. Individual supervision must be continuous and occur at a minimum, every two (2) weeks.
VERY IMPORTANT: Counseling activity hours cannot be counted if this requirement is not met.
Please note for your records, 1500 supervised counseling hours is the maximum number of hours that can be obtained in 12 months. This requirement equates to a minimum duration of 19 months of continued supervised counseling experience.
If there are supervisory gaps, additional time will be required to account for a minimum of 19 months of supervised counseling experience.
Additionally, once it is determined that the minimum supervision hour and timeframe requirements have been met, the ALPS may determine if additional supervision and experience are needed and may extend the supervision timeframe beyond the minimum.
Below are the two portions of our code defining the scope of practice for professional counselors. Additionally, you may review the entire code under Board Rules:
(h) “Professional counseling” means the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional or addiction disorders through the application of clinical counseling procedures. Professional counseling includes the use of psychotherapy, assessment instruments, counseling, consultation, treatment planning, and supervision in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, families and groups.
(c) “Clinical counseling procedures” means an approach to counseling that emphasizes the counselor’s role in systematically assisting clients through all of the following including, but are not limited to, observing, assessing and analyzing background and current information; utilizing assessment techniques useful in appraising aptitudes, abilities, achievements, interests or attitudes; diagnosing; and developing a treatment plan. The goal of these procedures is the prevention or elimination of symptomatic, maladaptive, or undesired behavior, cognitions, or emotions in order to integrate a wellness, preventative, pathology and multicultural model of human behavior to assist an individual, couple, family, group of individuals, organization, institution or community to achieve mental, emotional, physical, social, moral, educational, spiritual, vocational or career development and adjustment through the life span of the individual, couple, family, group of individuals, organization, institution or community.