Looking for an ethical, experienced, well-rounded supervisor who will prepare you for the counseling world.

A. Consider choosing R. Keith Franklin, PhD, LPC-S, ACS

  1. Over a decade’s worth of counseling experience in a variety of settings and ten years of experience as a professional counselor
  2. I have a private office for LPC Intern (eligible) to attain clinical experience. You would be on a contract basis and NOT an employee of mine. I would be your supervisor; we would meet weekly for individual supervision and/or group supervision according to the Texas Administrative Code. I will consult with you regarding marketing, networking, and referrals, but interns are primarily responsible for these items.
  3. Whenever possible, I perform site visits where the internship is taking place.
  4. When possible, I review the intern’s case notes to improve documentation and to monitor ethical compliance.
  5. I am dedicated to providing the intern with real-world counseling advice on topics such as, dealing with subpoenas, possible ethical & legal issues that may arise in practice, issues to consider when practicing in inpatient settings, private practice, and for-profits/non-profits, how to do a thorough initial evaluation, giving a diagnosis and cautions that are associated with certain diagnoses, how to become an insurance provider, how to fill out insurance paperwork, and how to network and advertise yourself as a counselor.
  6. I counsel and supervise from an educational perspective while using a variety of theories, including cognitive-behavioral and family systems. I see supervision as a collaborative effort and that interns are treated as equals.
  7. My one low monthly supervision fee includes weekly sessions, handouts, networking opportunities, and group supervision, when feasible. There is no fee for the initial meeting with me and the Intern does not start to pay the supervision fee until the Intern has received his/her license.

B. What I am looking for in a LPC intern

  1. An ethical and moral foundation
  2. Accepts responsibility, is respectful of the supervisor-supervisee relationship, is organized, exhibits commitment to time management, & follows through with recommendations, referrals, and chart corrections.
  3. A willing-to-learn attitude and willing to ask questions
  4. A dedication to the counseling profession and a desire for professional growth
  5. Someone who is willing to commit to at least 6 months of supervision
  6. An intern who does not want to just settle for an easy supervisor who just signs off on their hours, but is dedicated to being the best counselor that they can be and is willing to be challenged in order to become the best. Someone that understands that not all supervision experiences are created equally and that just because something is free does not necessarily mean that the experience will help you reach your full potential.
  7. An intern who wants to be well-rounded and able to practice in a variety of settings once they are licensed.

C. Location for supervision

7300 Blanco Rd, Suite 501
San Antonio, TX 78216

D. Steps to Becoming a LPC Intern in the State of Texas

  1. Masters degree in counseling or psychology and the potential intern has checked with the LPC Board’s list of required classes to verify that he/she has already taken the required classes. Do not assume that you have taken all of the required classes, you need to check the LPC Board’s list of acceptable & required classes. This is the most common mistake that interns make when applying for licensure and the reason why many intern licenses are delayed or denied.
  2. Successful completion of the Natl. Counselor Exam (NCE) and the Texas Jurisprudence Exam (go to LPC Board website and you can take it online).
  3. An interview with the potential supervisor and a contract setting out the terms of supervision will be completed.
  4. Documentation is prepared and sent to Austin for the issuance of a temporary LPC-Intern license. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for the State to process the Intern’s application.
    NOTE: Medicare recognizes Licensed Professional Counselors or Certified Professional Counselors to provide clinical services incident to; therefore, an LPC Intern who applies for the Nationally Certified Counselor can also provide said services under the additional supervision of a physician, nurse practitioner, clinical psychologist, or physician assistant.

E. Options for Supervision:

  1. Have me as an offsite supervisor–ask me about the numerous benefits of off-site supervision and the many lessons learned from other interns who had unfortunate experiences with a supervisors with little experience in hospitals, non-profits, and the private sector. I charge less than many other supervisors and do not require you to do research for me or spend a minimum number of hours doing my office work.
       OR
  2. I have a private office AND hospital affiliations/connections for LPC Intern (eligibles) to attain clinical experience. You would be on a contract basis and not an employee of mine. I would be your supervisor; we would meet bi-weekly for individual supervision and/or group supervision. There are options to provide a minimum amount of clinical availability in order to cover your supervision to be at no-cost; moreover, in the private sector you would you would be eligible to start to earn a percentage of your client fees. I will help you with marketing, networking, and referrals, but interns are responsible for these things, too.

Off-site Supervision INTERN positions are at the responsibility of the individual clinician and NOT the LPC Supervisor.

 

“We operate a group practice that LPC Interns receiving supervision via CCOSA  will have the ability to operate on a employee contract basis.  Additionally, Dr. Franklin has connections/knowledge of hospital affiliations for LPC Intern (eligibles) to attain clinical experience.  During supervision a marketing and referrals discussion in healthcare is shared, but the responsibility does resolve with the clinician in the end.”

F (Optional):  Military Healthcare Systems Supervisor Requirement

AMHCA Supervision Standards Incorporated

The Military Healthcare System [Tricare] “Certified Mental Health Counselors” (TCMHCs) must have a minimum of two (2) years of post-master’s degree supervised mental health counseling practice, which includes a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice and 100 hours of face-to-face supervision. Required supervision must be provided by a mental health counselor who is licensed for independent practice in mental health counseling in the jurisdiction where practicing and must be conducted in a manner that is consistent with the guidelines for supervision of the “American Mental Health Counselors Association.”

 

AMHCA Supervisor Requirements:

The clinical supervisor is recommended to have completed the equivalent of 15 semester hours of coursework at the doctoral level in the clinical mental health specialty area or a comparable amount of scholarship in this area.

 

New Provider Participation Standard:

Master’s degree in counseling Counseling services Referral and physician oversight not required (TCMHC)
Master’s degree in counseling Counseling services A referral from medical doctor and physician oversight is required (SMHC)

 

Pass the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) or the National Counselor Examination (NCE). NCE must have been passed prior to January 1, 2017.  (Rev:  2/13/17)

 

Two (2) years post-master’s supervised Mental Health Counseling practice that includes three thousand (3,000) hours of supervised clinical practice and one hundred (100) hours of face-to-face supervision.

The rules also permit TRICARE to amend or modify its requirements, qualifications, or criteria in the future to accommodate professional quality and licensing standards changes over time.

 

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