In the 14 years I've been teaching this class, I've heard every excuse in the book for not getting this training done. People have said they were grandfathered in, they don't supervise so they don't need it, and my favorite one I just heard at a recent training -- they are already supervising, so they can count those hours towards the training! None of these excuses seem to be valid when you read the code of requirements. If you hold an LCPC in Illinois, this requirement applies to you!
LCPC Clinical Supervision Training
Let's say you earned your LPC in 2016 and you will earn your LCPC in 2020. March 31, 2021 will be your 'first renewal' for your LCPC, and so you are not required to comply with the CE requirement for the LCPC.
You MAY take your 18 hours of Supervision Training during that time. Not only would it 'count' towards your 30 required hours for the active LPC you held in that time, but it also satisfies your one-time requirement for supervision training. That said, you would not be required to take the Supervision Training until the 2021-2023 period.
If you renewed your LCPC for the first time in 2019,
then you must have the required training done before you renew in 2021.
Clinical Supervision Training Requirement in the State of Illinois
The State of Illinois requires all Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors to obtain 18 hours of Continuing Education in Clinical Supervision. Here is the language from the current Administrative Code, section 1375.220, section a.1):
"All clinical professional counselors are required to complete 18 hours in clinical supervision training of the 30 continuing education hours required. This is a one time (lifetime) requirement."
There has been some confusion about when exactly LCPCs are required to earn these credits, and yes, unfortunately, someone answering the phones at the ILDPR was giving out misinformation, telling callers they just needed to get it done in their lifetime. "One time (lifetime)" means you only have to do it once, NOT that you have your lifetime to do it! Check with your malpractice attorney if you have doubts. The only real question about "WHEN?" is really, "How SOON do I need to get it done?" and that is because in the same section of the code, point a.5 states:
"A renewal applicant shall not be required to comply with CE requirements for the first renewal of an Illinois license."
You might be wondering when you have to meet this requirement. Point a.5 says that you're off the hook during your FIRST renewal, as that was only a "partial" renewal, and not a full 2-year renewal period. However, the requirement is then firmly in place during your first FULL 2-YEAR renewal! Confused? Let's look at an example in the blue box.
This training requirement only applies to LCPCs, so our LCSW and Psychologist colleagues likely do not know about it. Check out the requirement for yourself, because if you are audited by the State, they will not accept excuses for not having it done!
Click HERE for a direct link to the LCPC Administrative Code!