People can work as a professional providing mental health therapy under several different licenses. I have been licensed as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker since 2002. Prior to that time, I practiced as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Mental Health Counselors must have at least a master's degree in one of several mental health (counseling, psychology, social work, or similar field), to be licensed. I have 2 relevant Masters Degrees.
University of Washington, MSW 1999
University of Oregon, MA 1983
University of Oregon, BA 1980
Washington State Professional License
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker: LW00007408
National Provider Identifier: 1093850224
I often tell people that I was raised in this field. When still in high school I obtained a summer job as a Caseworker Aid, helping abused and neglected children who lived in foster care. Later that year, many people came together to open up a drop-in center for youth. I was invited to be on the Board of Directors as the youth representative. When I graduated from high school, and moved off to college, I began volunteering at a crisis center, talking with people who felt suicidal, or who were having bad experiences with drugs. Later I provided on-going counseling as a paraprofessional, and also trained and supervised volunteers.
My student jobs in college were at the college counseling center where I helped people take career assessments and provided career counseling. At the University of Oregon, I was later to work in the Educational Opportunities Program as a counselor, and in graduate school, I became the Counseling Coordinator for that program, hiring and supervising graduate students in the counseling program who were getting practicum credits and work experience while providing personal and academic counseling to "underprivileged" students.
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