I Learned Nothing from Grad School: What being a Counselor is Really like pt 1

I Learned Nothing from Grad School: What being a Counselor is Really like. © Jessica Richards, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern December 5, 2014 You are in your last semester of grad school and you are fully prepared to take the next step. You have been waiting for this for 6 very long years, better yet; you have been waiting your whole life! Waiting for that very moment when the world would be yours and you are just itching to go out there and conquer it! You have been saying for months and years “I can’t wait to be done with school!” “I can’t wait to never have another paper to write!” You have probably forgotten to ask the question “what do I have waiting for me after I leave grad school?” Now, I’m not talking about the “what is it going to be like as a counselor” You have spent plenty of internship hours and years of education to know how to be a counselor. I’m talking about what to expect in the next few months or years in the business of being a counselor. We’ve all heard the “You don’t go into this field for the money” by now. I heard it numerous times and brushed it off, never thinking to ask “what does that really mean?” and “how can I prepare?” Well, I really wish I would have asked those questions! Those are the questions that I needed the answers to! So, I’m going to share what I have learned with you, in the next several blogs because this will be too long for one. So,...
On-Site or Off-site? When, Where, Why and How? – Licensed or Qualified Supervision

On-Site or Off-site? When, Where, Why and How? – Licensed or Qualified Supervision

Eye on Florida Laws and Rules Exemptions to Licensure © Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW July 17, 2014 –Revised and Shared with Beginning Counselors of Florida on October 31, 2014 Frequently I am asked when providing continuing education on any of our required courses, “How do agencies (or programs) have unlicensed employees (or trainees) providing counseling services?”  There is confusion and concern about how this can happen and whether or not the practice is legal.  The practice is legal under the following circumstances.  An additional question is, “How can these agencies have registered interns providing services in settings where a qualified supervisor or other licensed mental health professional is not on site. Our Practice Act, Florida Statute Chapter 491 addresses this matter directly in subsection 491.014 Exemptions.  The first three points address the fact that our Practice Act cannot limit the practice of certain professionals (and religious related service providers) licensed under various other chapters as long as they do not present themselves to the public as licensed in one of our professions (Licensed Clinical Social Work, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist or Licensed Mental Health Counselor) or use our protected titles as noted parenthetically above. Then, the next section addresses the circumstances where individuals are not required to be licensed, provisionally licensed, registered, or certified under Chapter 491.  They are: employees of governmental agencies, developmental disability facilities and programs, a mental health, alcohol, or drug abuse facility operating under chapter 393, chapter 394, or chapter 397; the statewide child care resource and referral network operating under s.0101; a child-placing or child-caring agency licensed pursuant to chapter 409; a domestic...

IMPORTANT UPDATE! On “I want to start a private practice. What do I need to know?”

Eye on Florida Laws and Rules IMPORTANT UPDATE! On “I want to start a private practice.  What do I need to know?” © Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW October 29, 2014 I’m a Registered Intern; can I have a private practice? These questions and others have been posed to me over the years.  This commentary is an exploration of initial issues related to creating a private practice.  I start with issues of interest to Registered Interns.   Qualified Supervisors and other licensed mental health professionals may be interested to know this information.  That being said, it is imperative that the clinician seeking to establish an independent private practice become familiar with topics related to “formulating, developing, and maintaining business savvy in the provision of professional services” (Woody, 2013).  Some specific costs and procedures related to an independent private practice business are identified to prompt you to consider. Let’s look at the Florida statute regarding Registered Interns and independent private practice.  The quote below is from the section of law for social work practice and we can substitute marriage and family therapy or mental health counselling as the wording is the same. Chapter 491, our practice act states this: 491.005 Licensure by examination.— 491.005(1)(c) . . . “The experience requirement may be met by work performed on or off the premises of the supervising clinical social worker or the equivalent, provided the off-premises work is not the independent private practice rendering of clinical social work that does not have a licensed mental health professional, as determined by the board, on the premises at the same time the intern is providing services.” So,...

I want to start a private practice. What do I need to know?

© Catherine L. Waltz, PhD, LCSW October 19, 2014 I’ve been licensed and working for a while but I really want to be in private practice.  What do I need do first?  I’m a Registered Intern; can I have a private practice? These questions and others have been posed to me over the years.  This commentary is an exploration of initial issues related to creating a private practice.  I start with issues of interest to Registered Interns.   Qualified Supervisors and other licensed mental health professionals may be interested to know this information.  That being said, it is imperative that the clinician seeking to establish an independent private practice become familiar with topics related to “formulating, developing, and maintaining business savvy in the provision of professional services” (Woody, 2013).  Some specific costs and procedures related to an independent private practice business are identified to prompt you to consider. Let’s look at the Florida statute regarding independent private practice.  The quote is from the section of law for social work practice and we can substitute marriage and family therapy or mental health counselling as the wording is the same. Chapter 491, our practice act states this: 491.005 Licensure by examination.— 491.005(1)(c) . . . “The experience requirement may be met by work performed on or off the premises of the supervising clinical social worker or the equivalent, provided the off-premises work is not the independent private practice rendering of clinical social work that does not have a licensed mental health professional, as determined by the board, on the premises at the same time the intern is providing services.” So, what does this...

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