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Posted by Matt
on July 12, 2000 at 20:32:51:
In Reply to: requirements to become counselor posted by steff on July 11, 2000 at 16:17:50:
: I am considering becoming a psycologist/counselor. I have a BS in nursing. Anyone know the requirements for opening a private practice? Is a Master's in Psycology enough? Can a nurse take specific courses and open a practice? Are there guidelines/certifications required? Any advise would help. Thanks.
I am a counselor in the State of Ohio. As with nursing, each state licenses counselors to practice as I am sure you are aware of. There are many routes to take depending on your circumstances. In most states a Master's in Psychology is not enough to practice independently. Psychologists have a fairly established pecking order and require Ph.D.'s to work independently. Another route is a counselor. In the state of Ohio, we require a 48 hr Masters and 12 post grad semester hours. Counselors have to have two years of supervision and pass a comprehensive board exam. In Ohio you can practice with a Bachelor's in Social Work and get licensed but cannot do independent work. That requires a MSW as well as a licensure process similar to the counselors. Finally, have you thought about a Registered Nurse Clinician or Clinician Specialist? In Ohio, RNC and RNCS can do quite a bit to include psychiatric interventions. I hope that this helps. Whatever you do check closely with the state board that licenses counselors in your state as I have known folks to go thru educational programs only to find out that they cannot be licensed. Good luck and if I can help further post another message and I will try to answer any other questions.
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