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 […]
November 5, 2017

An Attendee’s Guide to BBS Board Meetings

Last week, I attended my first BBS board meeting. Up until that point, I had not been able to attend any of the meetings due to my work schedule; however, after publishing two blog articles about the BBS (Common Mistakes When Dealing with the BBS and An Open Letter to the Board of Behavioral Sciences), I decided to make attending the next meeting a top priority. This blog article offers an attendee’s guide to BBS board meetings while also sharing some of my personal experiences and observations of the BBS board meeting I attended. Before the Meeting I made sure […]
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, […]