Any LPC's who work @ University in Student Services?

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Lisa in Atlanta, Georgia

72 months ago

I'm trying to contact any LPC's who work as an Academic Advisor or a Career Counselor in a University/ College environment. I would like to become a therapist but working with mentally healthy clients. Did yall do an internship in Student services in order to get your position @ University or College? Did you have to work with Psychiatric patients after you graduated with your Masters degree as a LPC? I would love to speak with several therapist who are working closely with college students.
Thank you,
Lisa Weaver from Atlanta, ga.

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Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota

66 months ago

Lisa, there are actual degrees that specialize specifically in College Counseling. A graduate of such a program can then work within a higher education setting ( in areas such as career advising, registration, residential life, admissions, academic advising, etc.) My understanding is that maybe colleges and universities would prefer to hire someone with such a degree, over a candidate with a general counseling degree. But if you want to do only mental health counseling, then obviously this would not be the best choice.

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Lisa in Atlanta, Georgia

66 months ago

Thank you so much for your reply.

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Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota

66 months ago

These programs go by different names. I've seen them called Student Development, Higher Education Leadership, Student Affairs, College Personnel. Some programs focus on student counseling, while others don't. One of the places that I found that lists some of the programs by state is:
www2.myacpa.org/comm/profprep/directory/
I myself became interested in this career after I saw that all of the local jobs in higher education required this degree.
When I spoke to colleges that offer it, they said that all of their graduates are working, and that so many people went back to school, that it created even more jobs for their graduates even in this economy.
I wish I could speak to an actual graduate with this type of degree on this forum, but I haven't found anyone. But anyways.

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Lisa in Atlanta, Georgia

66 months ago

Tiffany- hi, I have been going on informational interviews & researching this field. I want to work with mentally healthy people & not in Mental Health. I have been practicing as a nurse & I want to be around some healthy people at this stage of the game. I am 52 years old & I'm interested in a profession that I can do as an elderly person that doesn't kill me like Nursing has. Thank you for the web site!!

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Nicole in Kalamazoo, Michigan

52 months ago

Tiffany in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: These programs go by different names. I've seen them called Student Development , Higher Education Leadership, Student Affairs, College Personnel. Some programs focus on student counseling , while others don't. One of the places that I found that lists some of the programs by state is:
www2.myacpa.org/comm/profprep/directory/
I myself became interested in this career after I saw that all of the local jobs in higher education required this degree.
When I spoke to colleges that offer it, they said that all of their graduates are working, and that so many people went back to school, that it created even more jobs for their graduates even in this economy.
I wish I could speak to an actual graduate with this type of degree on this forum, but I haven't found anyone. But anyways.

Tiffany, I am actually getting my MA in College Counseling (Counselor Education & Coun. Psych.) & for one of my assignments I had to interview a college counselor. This would be the best thing for you or anyone curious about working in this field. All you have to do is search any college website for the counselors & email them about your interest in interviewing them. Every individual counselor seems to be a little different, so I'd advise you interview multiple college counselors. For instance, at my school - there are academic counselors, advisers, career counselors, or personal counselors & the community college next door has college counselors that play all of these roles.

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BluIze61 in Arizona

14 months ago

I received a MA in Community Counseling and did my internship in higher ed counseling center. Since graduation, I have mainly worked in higher ed advising, learning, disability, and counseling centers. A masters is not required for academic advising in some situations. Higher ed is great if you like living on a budget.

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Sarah in Piscataway, New Jersey

5 months ago

I am currently taking me Masters in Educational Counseling in Student Affairs.I have a professor who has an LPC and is the head of my program. It can be possible. It wouldn't hurt to go for the extra 12 credits while counseling students and make double the income. It may cost more, but it is something from what one of my colleagues mentioned when she interviewed a counselor is not a bad thing to have. I actually am after graduating the program considering having that LPC, and it can make you more marketable as well.

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Kim in Charlotte, North Carolina

5 months ago

Sarah in Piscataway, New Jersey said: I am currently taking me Masters in Educational Counseling in Student Affairs.I have a professor who has an LPC and is the head of my program. It can be possible. It wouldn't hurt to go for the extra 12 credits while counseling students and make double the income. It may cost more, but it is something from what one of my colleagues mentioned when she interviewed a counselor is not a bad thing to have. I actually am after graduating the program considering having that LPC, and it can make you more marketable as well.

Sarah, are you saying that having a master's in college counseling and becoming an LPC would allow for providing mental health counseling? Or do you mean doing both mental health and college counseling tracks? I applied to the same program and am interested in becoming an LPC, but am unsure of what exactly I can do with the LPC credential.

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