April 11, 2018

“I’m Just an MFT Student” (Part 1 of 3)

Language fascinates me. As therapists, we use language to reframe situations, craft metaphors, and ultimately instill feelings of hope. We recognize how powerful this tool is, so we carefully select our words when in sessions with clients. If only we did the same outside of sessions. I love speaking with associates, trainees, and students at various events and settings. I’ve heard about the highs and lows of the journey to licensure, the successes and struggles, the hopeful and (seemingly) hopeless situations. One of the statements that always gets to me is “I’m just a(n) ___” (student, trainee, associate). “Just.” As […]
March 29, 2018

CAMFT Chapter Leadership Conference 2018

You probably know me as the founder of Prelicensed, but what you may not know is that I wear many hats within the MFT field. In addition to my entrepreneurial and clinical work, I volunteer for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) on the local and state levels. For those who aren’t aware, CAMFT is a large professional organization that represents our interests in a number of ways, including advocating for legislative and regulatory changes within and outside of California. I could go on and on about the wonderful work CAMFT is doing, but I’ll save that […]
February 15, 2018

California’s Six-Year Rule for MFTs, PCCs, and CSWs: An Explainer

Discussions about California’s “six-year rule” for prelicensed family therapists (MFTs), clinical counselors (PCCs), and clinical social workers (CSWs) often turn confusing. There’s a simple reason for that. When people refer to California’s “six-year rule,” they actually might be referring to either one of two different rules, both of which have six-year timeframes. Here’s a breakdown of both six-year rules. 1. An associate registration is good for six years Let’s say that Melissa is a prelicensed counselor who just completed her graduate degree. (The specific profession doesn’t really matter. All three professions have parallel rules here.) She applies for associate registration, and is registered […]
January 23, 2018

Does Continuing Education Matter for Prelicensed Therapists?

Therapists and counselors never stop learning over the course of their careers. The educational process starts in graduate school, where trainees and students absorb as much information as they can within and outside of the classroom setting. In California, following graduation and registration with the BBS (Board of Behavioral Sciences), associate marriage and family therapists seek work and training opportunities that will allow them to continue expanding upon their knowledge of therapeutic techniques and treatment modalities. Once licensed, marriage and family therapists are required to obtain CEUs (Continuing Education Units*) in order to continue practicing. We know that continuing education […]
December 12, 2017

Finding Gratitude as a Prelicensed Therapist

If you’re working your way down the long road to licensure, the holidays can offer some welcome relief. It’s a rough process, getting licensed. It’s certainly longer than it needs to be, and it helps if you’re independently wealthy to begin with. Sometimes staying optimistic is a challenge. But going into the holidays with family and friends, we thought it would be a good time to remember all the good that comes with this work. And there is a lot! It’s probably true that not all of these apply to any one prelicensed therapist (if they do, and it’s you, […]
November 21, 2017

MFT Job Listing Lingo

Imagine seeing a job listing for a paid position that’s located close to home, involves working with the client population of your dreams, and offers excellent benefits. Excited to learn more, you begin to read over the job description. Upon reaching the “Qualifications” section, you see unfamiliar terminology. You start to question whether you meet the requirements for this position, and you wonder whether it’s worth applying for the position at all. Many of us have encountered this situation and struggled to make sense of MFT job listing lingo. Fortunately, this blog article can provide clarification on several terms that […]