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mandy in Pelham, Alabama

52 months ago

hi. hope someone can help. I am a grad student looking to interview a licensed counselor for an assignment. I have searched my area with no luck, hope someone can help. Thank you! here are the questions:
1. Please describe the education and training that you acquired to become a licensed counselor.
2. What licensure and other professional credentials do you have? Professional memberships?
3. What drew you to the mental health counseling profession?
4. What client populations do you serve as a counselor?
5. How do managed care policies impact your work?
6. What advocacy activities do you engage in?
7. Identify the greatest challenges you face.
8. Identify the greatest rewards.
9. What is the average starting salary for a mental health counselor?
10. What does an average day look like for you?
11. What is your favorite part of your job? What is your least favorite?
12. What advice would you give someone considering a career in mental health counseling?

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CraigP in Lakeville, Minnesota

51 months ago

I don't know if this will fit, but I was an LICSW and recently ran across a neuroscience breakthrough called Higher Brain Living about a year ago. They were looking for people to join their national team. I was so amazed by what I found that I left my 30-year private practice. Your educational background is OK. I can send a link to free HBL training videos. And I made two testimonial videos I can send as well. If you get interested, I would love to talk about it! Contact me at craigp@higherbrainliving.com.

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rosej in New Bedford, Massachusetts

8 days ago

I've worked most of my career as a human services unlicensed social worker for young single parents with dependent children and also advocated and helped disabled adults and elders in need of comprehensive healthcare, financial supports and other necessary supportive services. After 911, i had a rare opportunity to work as a private contractor for a state program that helped retired veterans, and widows of veterans from World Wars I, II and Korean campaigns obtain monthly pensions from the federal and state governments. I also traveled long distances daily and worked alone. I had a supervisor I rarely saw who sent me referrals from agencies in the district I was in charge of. That was the best career and labor of love I have ever had and experienced. I met so many wonderful families too and received kind letters of appreciation from my clients and their adult children that I met and assisted. When Medicare Part D came into fruition in Massachusetts, my contract ended and I was out of work. No one helped me find gainful employment and I was already past the age of retirement. I earned my master's degree while working and attended Assumption College out of Worcester in a nearby college site part time for three years. I never got my state license because it would have taken more money I didn't have and I couldn't find work as well. Single and over age 60, I took whatever I could find in the drug and alcohol field, which, to me was draining and depressing. But, I was able to help some females I worked closely with and it gave me a sense of pride that I had something to do with saving a life from drugs and alcohol abuse. I could never get a schedule where I could gain the required supervisory hours from a qualified counselor. Most of the time my schedule put me working without supervision as a per diem counselor/therapitst/clinician.

I am now retired, but many times I believe I can still do some good if I could find a way to earn my state certification.

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