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 two decade’s worth of counseling experience in a variety of settings and as a professional counselor
  2. II have a group practice for LPC Associates (eligible) to attain clinical experience. You would be on a contract basis and NOT an employee.   would be your clinical supervisor; we would for four hours per month per the Texas Administrative Code guidance. I will consult with you regarding marketing, networking, and referrals, but associates share a collaborative responsibility for these items.
  3. Whenever possible, I issue site and client survey’s for feedback where the associateship is taking place.
  4. When possible, I review the associate’s case notes to improve documentation and to monitor ethical compliance.
  5. I am dedicated to providing the associate 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 market yourself as a counselor.
  6. I counsel and supervise from an clinical and educational perspective while using a variety of theories, including cognitive-behavioral and family systems, etc. I see supervision as a collaborative effort and that associates are treated as post-graduate professionals.
  7. My flat supervision fee includes four supervisions per month.  There is no fee for the initial meeting with me and the Associate does not start to pay the supervision fee until the Associate has received his/her license.
  8.  LPC Supervision Interest Link (click here)

B. What I am looking for in a LPC associate

  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 associate 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 associate who wants to be well-rounded and able to practice in a variety of settings once they are licensed.
  8. An associate who has completed a Master’s degree or higher from a CACREP university.

C. Location for supervision

Telesupervision (requiring a stable video internet connection)

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

  1. A CACREP Masters or doctoral degree in counseling or counseling-related program. Note:  Electronic transcripts should be emailed to: [email protected]
  2. Successful completion of the National Counselor Exam (NCE) scores and confirmed with NBCC that scores have successfully been sent to BHEC.
  3. Completed the Texas Jurisprudence Exam.
  4. National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query report – Please request a self-query from the NPDB.  This will be mailed to you by the NPDB.  You will need to mail us the unopened self-query.  Information on NPDB self-query is found here.
  5. A completed Practicum Documentation Form – This form is completed by the appropriate faculty/administration member of your counseling program and returned to you for inclusion in your application.
  6. An interview with the potential supervisor and a contract setting out the terms of supervision will be completed.
  7. Signed Supervisory Agreement Form.
  8. All Documentation is prepared and uploaded at the Online Application portal.

NOTE: Medicare recognizes Licensed Professional Counselors or Certified Professional Counselors to provide clinical services ONLY incident to; therefore, an LPC Associate 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.  More can be discussed in supervision.

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.
  2. I have a private office AND hospital affiliations/connections for LPC Associate (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 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 associate are responsible for these things, too.

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


“We operate a group practice that LPC Associate 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 Associate (eligible) 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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