How To User Guides

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How To Create An Online Account

How to Apply Online For LPC Associate

How To Apply Online for LPC Upgrade

Online LPC Supervision Management User Guide

How To Apply for MFT Associate

How To Apply Online for MFT Upgrade

The online licensing system link is found here

How To Create An Online Account

1) As a first-time user, you will click “Begin Here For Sign-up”.

2) Enter the requested information.  NOTE – It is important to use an email address that you will always be able to access.  Do not use work or school email addresses unless it will be yours in perpetuity.  If you lose access to the email you will not be able to reset your password when it expires and will not be able to get into your account.

If the security measures section does not display the characters you should cancel the application and use a different web-browser.  Internet Explorer encounters this issue most often.

If you have already created an account with that email address, you will get an error message.  You should log in with that email address.  Use the forgot password link if necessary.

3) Review your information and if correct, click “Save”. 

4) This will prompt the system to send a verification email to the address provided.

5) Go to your email and open the email.  Depending on the strength of your spam-blockers, the email may be in your Spam/Junk folder instead of the Inbox.  Copy the temporary password and use the link to go back to the login screen.

6) Enter your user ID and paste the password into the sign in boxes then click “Sign In”

You will be asked to create your personal password to replace the temporary.

7) Once you have saved your personal password, you will come to this screen.  If you are applying for a license for the first time, select “No” and click “Next”.  This will take you to the “Quick Start Menu”.

8) Select “Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council” from the first drop-down then choose the board that issues the license you wish to apply for and click “Select”.

This will take you to the license application portion of the system.  Instructions on specific applications can be found here.

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How To Apply Online For LPC Associate

IMPORTANT: Before you initiate the online application process, be sure you have the required supplemental documentation saved to your device.  You will be prompted to upload this documentation toward the end of the process. The list of required documentation can be found here.

Log in to your online account from our online licensing system.  If you haven’t created one, the user guide for creating an account can be found here. 

Select “Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council” from the first drop-down then choose the board that issues the license you wish to apply for and click “Select”.

Read the introduction and click “Next”.

Answer the function questions.  These answers help the system verify that you are using the correct online application.  Answers that indicate a different application type will prompt an error message.

Answers that indicate a different application type will prompt an error message.

Enter/Update your personal details then click “Next”.

Enter your contact information and then click “Next”.

Select the type of license you are applying for and your military status (if any) then click “Next”.

Answer the Criminal History and Previous Name questions then click “Next”.  NOTE: A criminal history is not an automatic bar to licensure.

Answer the Current Employment question and click “Next”.

Enter your education and examination information then click “Next”.

Answer the questions about existing or previous professional licenses then click “Next”.

Upload the supplemental documentation from your device. Failure to upload documentation will likely result in longer processing times.

Verify the information you have entered and make any necessary edits.

Answer the affirmation question.  Please note you will have to answer “Yes” to complete your application.

Click “Pay Now” to advance to the payment processor.

After completing the payment process you’ll be sent an email acknowledging receipt of the application.  To get an idea about the turnaround time for license processing visit the “Applying For A License and Timelines” page on the BHEC website.

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How To Apply Online for LPC Upgrade

1. First, log into your online account.  If you do not yet have an account or if you haven’t linked your LPC Associate license you will need to do so.  Instructions for account creation can be found here.

2. From the “Manage your license information” drop-down, choose “Upgrade do Licensed Prof. Counselor” then click “Select”.

3. You will be taken to the upgrade application module.  Click “Next” to move forward.

4. The Function Suitability section makes sure you are intending to upgrade to LPC rather than renew.  If you don’t answer the questions correctly you will receive an error message.

5. Verify/update your personal information.

6. Verify/Update your contact information.

7. Answer the criminal history question.  NOTE: It’s especially important to answer this question accurately.  If you have a record and answer “No” you might be falsifying your application, which can be grounds for denial.

8. Upload your supplemental documentation to your application.  For upgrades you’ll need your Supervised Experience Verification Form(s) and Jurisprudence Examination Certificate (showing completion within the past 6 months).  If your supervisor used the online supervision management tool to submit your verifications you will only need to upload your Jurisprudence Examination Certificate.

Each time you attach a file, it will appear above the selection boxes.  NOTE: Be sure to avoid attaching files that exceed the max file size.

9. Attest and agree to the statement.

10. Use a credit or debit card to pay the application and licensing fee.

11. After payment, click the “View PDF Summary Report” and save it for your records.

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Online LPC Supervision Management User Guide

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is pleased to announce the launch of its online supervision management module.  This module will allow supervisors to add or remove supervisees as well as update their accrued hours.  The initial release of this module will be for Licensed Professional Counselors.  Additional professions will roll out as resources allow.

Important Notes:

Once a supervisory relationship is ended, accrued hours cannot be added.  Be sure to enter the supervisee’s hours BEFORE terminating the supervision.

If your supervisee has accrued the required hours to upgrade to a full license, enter those hours via the online module but DO NOT terminate supervision.  The supervision will be terminated automatically when the upgraded license is issued to the supervisee.

What follows is a step-by-step guide to managing your supervisees online.

Accessing your online license profile

Step 1: Go to the Online Licensing Services login page

Step 2: In the upper right corner of the page, enter your User ID and Password then click “Sign In”.  If you are a new user, create a new account.

Important Note – If you are creating a new account the system will require you to provide a valid email address.  Use a personal email address you will always have access to.  Work email addresses become problematic if you change employers and no longer have access to that email inbox.

Logging into your account will take you to the “Quick Start Menu”.  This will provide you with several options for managing your license.

Adding a Supervisee

Step 1: Under the “Manage your license information” section click the “<Choose Application>” dropdown menu.  (Note: If your license is up for renewal this menu may not be the further down the screen.)

Step 2: Highlight “Manage My LPC Supervisor…” and click “Select”.

This will take you to the Supervision Management Screen

Step 3: Scroll down and click “Add Relation”

This will bring you to the search screen.

Step 4: Select “Professional Counselor”, enter the Intern’s license number, select “Licensed Professional Counselor Intern”, select “Texas” and then click “search”.

Step 6: Verify that the correct intern is displayed then click the checkbox to the left of the license number and click “Add”.

Entering Supervision Hours

From the “Current Records” screen, click on “Supervisor Hours”

This will take you to the “Additional Information Screen”.  From this screen click “Add”.

Enter the number of direct contact hours and the number of indirect contact hours then click “Save”.

Note: If you add hours on more than one occasion simply continue to use the “Add” button.  This will create a new entry box each time.

Terminating a Supervisory Relationship

From the Supervision Management screen click the checkbox in the row of the desired Intern.

Next, click on “Terminate Relations”.  A dialogue box will appear reminding you that you cannot add hours once termination is complete. If all hours have been added, click “Ok” and the intern supervision will be ended and the information will move to the historic records display box.

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How To Apply for MFT Associate

The online licensing system link is found here.

IMPORTANT: Before you initiate the online application process, be sure you have the required supplemental documentation saved to your device.  You will be prompted to upload this documentation toward the end of the process. The list of required documentation can be found here.

Log into your online licensing system account.  If you do not yet have an account, you will need to create one.  A guide on how to create a new account can be found here.

Select “Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council” from the first drop-down then choose the board that issues the license you wish to apply for and click “Select”.

Read the introduction and click “Next”.

Answer the function questions then click “Next”.  These answers help the system verify that you are using the correct online application. 

An answer that indicates a different application type will prompt an error message.

Enter/Update your personal details then click “Next”.

Enter your contact information and then click “Next”.

Select your military status (if any) then click “Next”.

Answer the questions about your previous license history (if any) and conviction history (if any).

Enter your employment status.

Enter your education information then click “Next”.

Enter your past professional license information (if any).

Select your method of licensure and click “Next”.  By answering “No” to the first question you are indicating your intent to apply for an Associate license.  If you answer “Yes” that means you have an MFT license in another state.

Attach your supplemental documents (practicum form, jurisprudence exam certificate, etc.).

Review your information and correct any errors. Once it is complete, click “Submit”.  This will save the application and take you to the affirmation page.

Select “Yes” to agree to the affirmation and click “Next”.

Click on “Pay Now” to complete the process.  If you fail to pay the license fee the application will sit in limbo for 30 days and then be deleted.

After completing the payment process you’ll be sent an email acknowledging receipt of the application.  To get an idea about the turnaround time for license processing visit the “Applying For A License and Timelines” page on the BHEC website.

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How To Apply Online for MFT Upgrade

1. First, log into your online account.  If you do not yet have an account or if you haven’t linked your MFT Associate license you will need to do so.  Instructions for account creation can be found here.

2. From the “Manage your license information” drop-down, choose “Upgrade to MFT” then click “Select”.

3. You will be taken to the upgrade application module.  Click “Next” to move forward.

4. The Function Suitability section makes sure you are intending to upgrade to LPC rather than renew.  If you don’t answer the questions correctly you will receive an error message.

5. Verify/update your personal information.

6. Verify/Update your contact information.

7. Enter your supervised experience info.  Please NOTE you will still have to upload the Verification Of Supervised Experience form.

8. Answer the criminal history question.  NOTE: It’s especially important to answer this question accurately.  If you have a record and answer “No” you might be falsifying your application, which can be grounds for denial.

9. Upload your supplemental documentation to your application.  For upgrades you’ll need your Supervised Experience Verification Form(s) and Jurisprudence Examination Certificate (showing completion within the past 6 months).  If your supervisor used the online supervision management tool to submit your verifications you will only need to upload your Jurisprudence Examination Certificate.

Each time you attach a file, it will appear above the selection boxes.  NOTE: Be sure to avoid attaching files that exceed the max file size.

10. Attest and agree to the statement.

11. Select “Pay Now” to go to the payment processor.  Use a credit or debit card to pay the application and licensing fee.

12. After payment, click the “View PDF Summary Report” and save it for your records.

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