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My College and Career Research Project
By: Destiny Stricker (Me)
(feat. Dipper Pines)
i. Before beginning the formal training in graduate school to become a therapist, you are going to have to finish a bachelors degree at a college or a university.
ii. Up to 7 years at most; depending on how far you really want to go.
There are 4 different graduate/license paths you can take to be a therapist, PhD, MSW, MFT, and LPCC.
iii. USC School of Social Work'
UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services'
LACC Psychology and Human Services.
i. A major field such as psychology or social work can give you the strong background you'll need to excel in graduate school. Your masters degree is where you'll get the specialized training you need to become a licensed therapist.
ii. Social Work- Prepares you to become a licensed clinical worker.
Child Psychology- Trains you to work with children.
Counseling- Equips you to work with a wide variety of people across the lifespan.
Marriage and Family therapy- Courses can help you become a marriage and family therapist.
Psychology- Prepares you for doctoral work to becoming a licensed psychologist.
i. You'll make $74, 970 a year
The top 10 make $104,350
ii. Least you'll make would be if you were in the bottom 10 making $49, 980
iii. $61, 520 to $88, 790 a year.
Type of Work
i. You'll be providing mental health help and support for those that need it, providing a listening ear might not seem like much of a job, but allowing people to talk and reflect on their feelings and experiences can change their life. You'll have different daily tasks depending on what you specialize in and the things your clients need.
Helping Clients reflect on issues to help them make positive changes.
Referring clients to other therapies.
Setting up a contract to establish what will be covered in the sessions.
Setting up any confidentiality issues.
Encouraging clients to talk.
Keeping records of past sessions.
Spend a maximum of 20 hours per week with a client.
ii. You can either meet with your client once every week for a hour or two, more if needed.
If their having a tough week, you'll want to see them every other day. They'll make sure to call you or leave a message saying that they need help or need someone to talk too.
Job Benefits and Job Drawbacks
i. The reward of helping people overcome their challenges.
Flexible work schedules.
High earning potential.
with the ability to work for yourself.
Opportunity to work with new people every day.
ii. Yet, dealing with clients can be stressful and draining.
Having to set up your own practices.
Dealing with billing issues.
Also, becoming attached. When your client is hurting themselves it is your job to get them help. Some will tell you to not say a word but it is your job to tell their parents/families, etc.
Why do i want to become a therapist?
Think I'm capable of becoming a therapist?