Kansas City Psychotherapy
Dr. Jeff Peterson, PhD
LCPC, LPC, NCC, PCC
and Counselor Supervisor
9233 Ward Pkwy, Suite 305
Kansas City, MO 64114
Psychotherapy offers Counselor Supervision, Individual Counseling, Psychiatric, and Psychological
Services, as well as Marriage Counseling, Couples Therapy, Adolescent Therapy and Online Video Counseling in the Kansas City area. We are conveniently located near Leawood, Prairie Village, Waldo, and Overland Park.
for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
Dr. Peterson provides counselor supervision for Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors (P.L.P.C.) in Missouri and Licensed Professional Counselors (L.P.C.) in Kansas who are exceptional students and who are dedicated to becoming an outstanding professional. His training and doctoral education is focused specifically on counselor education and supervision. Unlike many other supervisors, Dr. Peterson has extensive training in the supervision process, as well as handling clinical counseling challenges that a supervisee might encounter during their first few years of practice. Potential candidates should contact Dr. Peterson directly to begin the application process which will involve both a phone and in-person interview.
Click Here to download PDF of Dr. Peterson's Supervision Agreement
Click Here to download PDF of MO/KS Weekly Supervision Hours Log E-Form
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Q&A Regarding the Counselor Supervision Process
Here is some basic information below for candidates who are interested in seeking supervision for licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or licensed clinical psychotherapist (LCP). To be eligible for supervision you must have conferred your masters or doctoral degree in mental health counseling (or other eligible field). You must have also completed all requirements listed on the application with the state licensing board in which you plan to practice (see link below for website and application). Dr. Peterson is eligible to supervise candidates who plan to practice in either Missouri or Kansas (or both). To learn more about his qualifications and experience, click on the ABOUT tab on the left.
First, make sure you plan ahead, as the process for becoming licensed in the state in which you intend to practice oftentimes takes several months. What is slightly confusing is that in Missouri a beginning counselor's license is called a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC). This will be your license for the (minimum) two years you are under supervision and upon successful completion you will then be eligible to apply for LPC (which allows you to practice on your own). In Kansas a beginning counselor's license is called Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and after the two year supervision process if you want to practice on your own you can apply to become an LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor). In both situations you must apply through the state licensing board in the state where you will practice (those websites with applications are listed below). There is an application fee that is usually around $100-$150.
The Application Process for Supervision
In order to be eligible for supervision and attain your provisional license to practice under supervision you must:
A) You must have conferred your masters or doctoral degree and have requested your school to send official transcripts to the licensing board (usu. costs $15-$20 - you do not need to pay extra for expedited shipping)
B) You must have completed the appropriate college courses required to become an LPC or PLPC and have documented this in your application (if you come from a CACREP accredited college than your class work will likely meet all of these requirements, if not you may have to take an additional class or prove to the board documentation proving that a particular class meets their requirement). Individuals with non-clinical focused masters degrees will likely not qualify.
C) You must have completed a college internship/practicum with the required number of clinical hours (which is often approximately 600-900 hours of clinical-related time, which means anything related to counseling and approximately 100 hours of face-to-face clinical time).
D) Once you have completed the LPC or PLPC application process you will be eligible to take the NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors) NCE exam (National Counselor Exam - which costs around $150) and you will have to schedule to take that exam at a local testing center (offered monthly) and pass that exam before you can begin practicing under supervision.
E) You must have also completed all other LPC or PLPC application requirements which in Kansas includes professional reference letters (including one from your internship supervisor), and in Missouri includes a jurisprudence ethics exam (you can take on-line through their website), as well as an in-person finger-printing and background check (around $40)
F) After you are accepted as a supervisee you will also have to complete a Supervision Plan and application and submit that plan to the licensing board for approval to be supervised. If you have ever been convicted of a felony or higher, you cannot go through this process until you have met face-to-face with the licensing board review committee.
After you have completed all of the steps above it often takes 1-3 months for the state licensing board to approve everything and issue you a license to practice under supervision. Once you are licensed to begin practicing under supervision you will then be eligible to count your hours towards your license to practice on your own. Any hours completed prior to being provisionally licensed will not qualify and cannot be applied towards licensure.
Requirements During Supervision
In order to complete the supervision process and move on to practice on your own you will need to accrue at least 2000 hours of clinical time (meaning anything related to counseling, with approximately 200 hours of face to face counseling) over the course of a minimum of two years before you will be eligible to practice on your own. Since these hours oftentimes change, check your state's application to verify specific hours needed.
In order to practice within my private practice you will be required to have your own professional practice liability insurance (which is approx. $200/year). The most common insurer is HPSO - Healthcare Providers Service Organization. You can apply and complete payment on-line at hpso.com (usually with approval on the same day). During the two years you are under supervision you will be required to
have regular weekly face-to-face supervision with your supervisor (at
least 1 hour per week that you are practicing). If you are not practicing for that week (vacation or holiday) you are not required to meet. However that week will not count towards your 2000 hours of clinical time. Most private practice supervisors charge
supervisees between $75-$150/hr for supervision. In other situations
you can become employed (sometimes paid, oftentimes unpaid) by an
institution like a mental health clinic or hospital and in some cases they will
provide free supervision in return for your work).
Keep in mind that your supervisor must have the appropriate license in
order to qualify as an approved supervisor for your own licensure. In many
states your supervisor must also be physically located or affiliated
with the same location in which you practice. Make sure you pay
attention to this, as some clinics or hospitals will offer you
supervision from an LCSW (licensed clinical social worker) or LCP
(licesned clinical psychotherapist - masters level psychologist) which
may not qualify as an appropriate supervisor for the license you are
Pros/Cons of Private Practice vs. Institution
The advantage of working in a clinic or hospital is that clients will be provided for you (in some cases a low volume, in others a high volume) and you will have the resources of the hospital at your disposal. The disadvantage is that you will have set hours and oftentimes lower pay. Keep in mind that it is often harder to find opportunities in clinics
and hospitals as they fill up fast and often have a longer hiring
process. Sometimes hospital settings have more diverse clients, but sometimes your role within the organization may put you in situations where you are doing the same task over and over with very similar types of clients. For example in a hospital intake setting you will primarily be assessing patients for risk of self harm and criteria that may qualify them for admission and nothing else.
The advantage to private practice is that you have the potential to make more money, will have more flexible hours, there may be more opportunities available in terms of diversity in scope of practice, and you will have already established a client base by the time you are on your own. The start-up time may also include a faster process before you start working. The disadvantage is that you will have to market yourself (with assistance of your supervisor) and bring in your own clients. You may also receive referrals from other clinicians or your supervisor.
Supervision Opportunities with Jeff Peterson
Kansas City Psychotherapy offers some opportunities for combined marketing, office space, and supervision (like a hospital setting). The way your compensation works in private practice is that all client payments go through your supervisor and then you receive a pay check from your supervisor without taxes deducted. This means you will have to pay your own taxes (which is a fairly easy process).
If you are accepted as a supervisee you will complete a supervision plan or supervision agreement that spells out licensed professional counselor supervision requirements. You are free to discontinue supervision at any time and your hours will still count towards licensure. In other words you are not required to receive supervision from the same supervisor over the course of your supervision.
State Licensing Board for Professional Counselors
Below are the websites for both Kansas and Missouri that will have downloadable applications and other facts you will need to know in order to begin the licensure process.
Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors
3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1335
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1335
Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
700 SW Harrison Suite 420
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3929
Phone: (785) 296-3240
Here is the link for the National Board for Certified Counselors who administers the NCE (National Counselor Exam) and other licensing examinations:
National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc.
3 Terrace Way
Greensboro, NC 27403