Hello, Through the Eyes of a Therapist Podcast listeners! If you’ve gotten this far in my latest series on becoming a therapist, you’ve heard about Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, and School Counselors. You know by now that to become a therapist, you need to get a master’s degree and to become fully licensed, you must complete a post-graduate internship. Most of these last at least 18 months post masters and you need to accumulate 3,000 hours of supervised practice.
Supervised practice means that you must contract someone who is a clinical supervisor to oversee and sign off on your 3,000 hours. Clinical supervisors make an investment in provisionally licensed practitioners by meeting with them on a weekly basis, going over treatment plans, evaluations, personal issues that may be affecting work with clients, and progress notes. This is, probably, the last time a clinician is being closely monitored in their career before becoming independently licensed.
To explain this further, my guest on the podcast today is Dr.Kate Walker. She is an expert on therapist development and growth. Her work includes training fully licensed therapists in becoming clinical supervisors. She has also written a book called “My Next Steps, Create a Counseling Career You’ll Love.” Find this book on amazon for less than 15 bucks! https://www.amazon.com/My-Next-Steps-Create-Counseling/dp/1937514722
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