According to Alabama State Psychology License Requirement, getting licensed is required before you can start practicing as a therapist or counselor, psychologist, social worker.
After obtaining your psychology degree in Alabama, you will need to pass a state or national exam and fulfill other licensing requirements to practice in the state. According to the Alabama Board of Examiners in Psychology body, below are some of the requirements to practice in the field of psychology.
Counselor and Therapist
- A master’s level degree in counseling from a regional accredited college or university. Degree must be from a CORE (Commission on Rehabilitation andEducation) or CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited program.
- Supervised experience in individual and group counseling skills. Total of one hundred 100 hours required from a regionally accredited institution.
- The internship must be a minimum of 600 hours that include a minimum of 240 hours of direct service work with clients appropriate to the program emphasis area.
- At least 19 years of age
- A doctoral level degree from a department or school of psychology from an educational institution recognized and accredited by regional and national accrediting agencies as maintaining satisfactory standards
- Competency in psychology as shown by passing examination, written or oral, or both, as the Board prescribes.
- Is not engaged in practice that are unethical as defined in the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association.
- Has not failed an examination given by Board within the preceding six months.
- A Master of Social Work or a Doctor of Social Work from a college or university approved or in candidacy granted by the Council on Social Work Education.
- Minimum of 2 years of post-master or doctorate experience legally practicing social work under the supervision of a licensed certified social worker.
- An active license at the Graduate level if applying as a candidate for the examination.