October 10, 2017
Starting Salaries for MFT Internships

Starting Salaries for MFT Internships

One of the most common questions I’m asked at presentations is, “What’s a good starting salary for an MFT internship?” Unfortunately, there isn’t a clear-cut answer to this question. Starting salaries are determined by the work setting, funding source, geographical location, employer’s mindset, applicant’s skillset, and other variables. Work Setting There are many different types of work settings MFT registered interns can work in. Private practice settings generally offer a fee split. For example, if the set fee for a client is $150 per session, and the agreed upon split is 50/50, then the MFT registered intern will earn $75 for […]
September 1, 2017

An Open Letter to the Board of Behavioral Sciences

(The letter and viewpoints expressed in this blog article are solely those of Robin Andersen, LMFT.) Last month, I wrote a blog article about common mistakes MFT registered interns, trainees, and students make when dealing with the BBS (Board of Behavioral Sciences). I acknowledged that many prelicensed MFTs have negative experiences with the BBS, and it’s perfectly understandable that they would harbor negative feelings about the BBS. I also encouraged prelicensed MFTs to channel their feelings of frustration, resentment, and helplessness into advocacy for meaningful change within the BBS. On August 25, 2017, the BBS held a board meeting in Sacramento […]
August 23, 2017

Announcing Partnership with TrackYourHours!

Dear Prelicensed followers and supporters, Over the past two years, we have managed to accomplish so much – from posting over 3000 job listings, to generating valuable blog articles, to developing other useful features. We want to keep growing and offer more value to you, the MFT registered interns, trainees, and students who have helped make this service what it is today. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce our partnership with TrackYourHours, another valuable service many of you already use! This partnership goes beyond a simple affiliation: Prelicensed and TrackYourHours will be combining forces in order to provide even more support to the MFT community. Prelicensed has been, […]
August 7, 2017

Common Mistakes When Dealing with the BBS

The California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) tends to elicit negative responses from MFT registered interns, trainees, and students, and probably for good reason. The “horror stories” relating to therapists’ experiences with the BBS seem endless at times, and unfortunately, these stories can contribute to feelings of stress that are already being experienced by aspiring marriage and family therapists. Avoiding these five common mistakes can help reduce those feelings of stress when dealing with the BBS. Mistake #1: Not understanding the BBS’ role According to their website, “The Board of Behavioral Sciences is a California state regulatory agency responsible for licensing, examination, and […]
June 28, 2017

Applying for a Job as a Prelicensed Therapist: How to Stand Out

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of applications. Caldwell-Clark, a nonprofit I co-founded, regularly hires prelicensed MFTs for paid positions. We tend to get good interest in those openings when they happen. And in the years I spent as core faculty for a graduate program, I saw hundreds of applications from students eager to get in to that program. In both contexts, the application process can be nerve-wracking for applicants, and frustrating for people like me who are responsible for evaluating the applications. People who would likely be great students, great employees, and great therapists can easily be overlooked […]
May 20, 2017
Job Fair

The Dos and Don’ts of MFT Job Fairs

Last month, my husband and I attended the LB-SB CAMFT Job Fair in order to represent Prelicensed and sponsor the professional headshots that were offered to attendees. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there (meeting dozens of Prelicensed followers in person was the best part!), and now that we’ve had an opportunity to reflect on our experiences, we’d like to share some observations that we believe will benefit readers who plan to attend MFT job fairs and other recruiting/hiring events. The different types of behaviors and mannerisms that attendees displayed over the course of the job fair were what stood out to […]