First of all, congratulations! If you are at the point where you are preparing to fill out and submit your Registered Intern application, you deserve every bit of credit that comes your way! It has been a long road and you have finally made it! I hope you are able to take some time to relax and enjoy the process. However, if you are like me, you are probably stressing out about the application process way before you even graduate! That’s O.K.! Hopefully, our group can help! 

If you are reading this post then I am sure you have probably already reviewed the licensure application and more than likely you probably have several questions. I will give you several tips that hopefully will make things easier. 

1) DON’T WAIT! 

You are probably questioning every section of the application, I know that I did. Don’t get hung up on the details. Fill out as much as you can and submit the application. Your application will not be rejected; rather … you will receive a letter stating what else you are missing. The application process its self takes several weeks so, go ahead and fill out as much as you can and send it away! 

2) No Supervisor – No Worries! 

Yes! That’s what I said! At least for the initial application don’t worry about trying to find a supervisor right away. You will find yourself in a catch 22. You will be unable to receive your Registered Intern number, until you have a Qualified Supervisor, and you will not be able to find a Qualified Supervisor…. yep! Until you have a Registered Intern number. So, go head and submit the application and then start your search for a Qualified Supervisor. It will be a lot easier once your application has been processed, for the board to add a Qualified Supervisor than it will be for you to wait it out and try to find a supervisor prior to submitting your application. However, if you are lucky enough to have one prior to submitting your application then congratulations because that is one less headache you have to worry about! 

3) No Practice Location? What! How could you not have one yet! 

You can probably tell that I am being sarcastic! However, I remember reading that question thinking…. “Am I supposed to have this already??” and “What is with all of these catch 22’s??” Anyways, go ahead and put your personal address for this portion and submit it away! Unless that is, you currently have a position before you submit your application then, use that address. The great thing about any of the information is that you can always change it later. Don’t get hung up on the small details. The board will make sure to let you know what you need to complete. 

I hope these tips help those of you who are preparing to submit your application for licensure. I see these questions a lot, within our Facebook group so; I thought that it would be a great way to help by writing a blog about it. If you are at this stage, in your career, remember to take the time to enjoy every minute. I know that it seems like you’ve been in school for forever… and quiet honestly, you have… however, you have also worked extremely hard to be where you are so, you deserve to take the time and celebrate this step. Congrats and welcome to the world of Beginning Counselors! 

Profile photo of jrichards1432About Author: Jessica Richards (13 Posts)

Jessica Richards is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern for the State of Florida. As a graduate of NOVA Southeastern University, she holds a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. She currently contracts with local community agencies to obtain hours for full LMHC licensure, while working on establishing her private practice, Peace of Mind Counseling. Both located in Orlando, Florida.


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