Hope Connections Counseling…

…is proud to be a training facility for professional counselors. As a training facility, we are able to provide clinical grade supervision to qualified therapists. 

Hope Connections Counseling currently has four PLPC’s: Charles Quinn, Gerry Funkhouser, Belinda Licea and Cartessa Smith. All of our excellent counselors have graduated from an approved master’s degree program in counseling and passed the National Counselors Exam (NCE).

Marta Cook, MA, LPC, CRADC, EMDR, RPT-S, TF-CBTis supervising all PLPCs at Hope Connections Counseling.


Missouri features two levels of licensure:

  • The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and
  • The Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC).

The LPC is a fully Licensed Professional Counselor and the PLPC is the starter license which allows you to accumulate the experience needed to become an LPC.

The following pre-requisites must be met to become a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) and eventually a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Missouri:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree in a behavioral science discipline such as counseling, psychology or social work.
  • Earn a master’s degree in counseling from a locally or regionally accredited school.
  • Complete 6 semester hours of practicum during your graduate studies.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE) as administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) title.
  • Pass the Missouri Jurisprudence Exam.
  • Apply to the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors to receive your Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor (PLPC) title.
  • Accumulate the necessary 3,000 hours of supervision hours with in a 2-5-year time period.
  • Apply to the Missouri Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy to receive your Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) title.


  • The professional counselors license must be renewed every two years.
  • 40 hours of continuing education credits must be earned every licensing period.