Washington State LMHC and LMHCA

Needs a lot of help
Licenses: Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)

Licensure Board:
Washington State Department of Health
http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MentalHealthCounselor

Questions regarding licensing, renewals and complaints:

Fees:
LMHC: Application $111; Initial License $80; Renewal $106
LMHCA: Application $35; Renewal $25


Requirements:

[There was no clarity of what among the following was for the LMHC vs LMHCA.  Somebody familiar with WA please straighten this out.]

Practical Experience, Amount: either 36 months of full-time counseling or 3,000 hours of postgraduate supervised practice; of which 1,200 hours direct counseling (individuals, couples, groups or families).
Practical Experience, Qualifications: [what kinds of settings does WA allow?]
Supervision: 100 hours [individual vs group?]
Supervision, qualifications: LMHC or equivalent or higher mental health professional. [Please confirm]
Exam: either NCE or NCMHCE [restrictions on when? how long is it good for?]

LMHCA Must document that they are under supervision with a qualified supervisor. 

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