The Path To A Successful Internship, For The Next Generation of Counselors!

Kathleen Mills LPC S CEAPSo you're looking for a supervisor, are you?

Finding one can feel like, "looking for a needle in a haystack", can't it? Right now, you don't know what to ask, you don't know if the supervisor-candidate(s) really have your best interests at heart, and you don't know what you don't know!

Sound familiar?

What you do know, is that you must find a Supervisor first, before you can get a job and begin acquiring the 3000 hours needed in order to become fully licensed. This is overwhelming for some, worrisome for most, and you are not alone.

A few years ago Phillip Crum and I started PracticeMentors.us to address some educational shortcomings we saw in the counseling profession. We've recognized the need for a screening process for supervisors for quite some time. Recently we've added, "The Academy", to our list of offerings on that website. The Academy educates supervisors in all facets of running a private practice (in whatever form that might take!) so that they become better mentors for you! "Guiding the Next Generation".

I'm always interviewing potential associates so perhaps we should talk. But first I want you to carefully read every word on this page. Don't skim it, don't click off the page, read every single word because I wrote them all, just for you!

Before we go on you need to know this...

There are two groups of Supervisors that you'll encounter:

Those that are primarily in it to give back and mentor
the next generations' professional aspirations, and...

Those that are in it for the money.

If your plans include finding the cheapest possible mentor (supervisor) that will let you skate by on minimums then you'll need to stop right now and look elsewhere, because I belong firmly in that first group, as does anyone I might recommend to you.

Finding Supervisors To Interview

The bad news is that there is no public list of outstanding Supervisors to be had. You can't even download a list of Supervisors from the State website anymore. The good news is that I am here to help you in ways that no one else in the Great State of Texas can. (See PracticeMentors.us after you finish reading this page!)

Your immediate job is to find a Supervisor who "gets" you, and a JOB that fits you! You need a handful of top supervisor candidates that are accepting new associates, in your area, OR will know other top-tier supervisor candidates that are. That's an almost impossible list to come by but in just a minute I'm going to give it to you as my gift to you and your future, whether you end up working with me or not. But first, I want you to really think about something...

Don't Settle for the First Supervisor You Talk to!!

You spent 4 or more years getting your under-grad degree and likely incurred some school debt (kudos to you if you finished debt-free!). Then you spent a few more years and another small fortune (more debt?) obtaining your graduate degree(s), and you did it because you have a heart to help other people; you want to help as many as possible with the gifts that God has blessed you with.

 

Do you really think this is a good time to look for a mentor that delivers
only minimums at the cheapest possible rates you can find?

 

My colleagues and I are here to tell you that your education has just begun.

Interview with several, recommended supervisor-candidates, pick the one that offers the best curriculum for your future, one that you can feel comfortable working with and pay him/her their fee. Now is not the time to pinch pennies; we're talking about your career and your financial earning power for the rest of your life! This is a huge decision.

If I may be a bit blunt, these supervisors don't need you and we're not obligated to do what we do. We could easily make more money seeing clients in the hours we spend working with our associates. We choose to do this for the next generation because we want to and we sacrifice a lot of things and put ourselves at risk to do so.

You're going to have to learn how to interview with these supervisors. If you think you can, "wing it", and you'll be ok, you're wrong. This is far more important than an interview at McDonalds.

How To Interview With These Supervisor-Candidates

You need to understand that these are two-way interviews. You're looking to see if they would make a good mentor for you on both professional and personal levels, and they're looking for "the consummate student". So let's set up some expectations for both parties. For example, if we choose to work together, here is some of what you would learn with me:

What It Means To Be A Counselor
[  ] Basics of Internship-A Proper Framework
[  ] The Fundamentals of Professionalism
[  ] Overcoming Stigmas About Our Profession
[  ] Clinical Training/Supervision

Finding A Job
[  ] How To Construct Your Story
[  ] How To Properly Market Yourself
[  ] How To Find A Job
[  ] The Art of The Interview

Opening A Practice
[  ] Business Plans/Models
[  ] Malpractice/Liability Insurance Coverages

Practice Marketing
[  ] Websites and Content Development
[  ] Inbound Marketing

Federal Law and Compliance
[  ] HIPPA Compliance

State Law and Compliance
[  ] BHEC and Your State Boards
[  ] The Texas LPC/LMFT/SW Rules: Interpret & Understand
[  ] Chapter 611: Release of Records
[  ] The Complaint Process
[  ] Family Law Issues

Industry Compliance
[  ] PCI Compliance

Interview Your Supervisor Candidates With This Checklist

Don't you think it might be a good idea to find out what your supervisor-mentor is planning to teach you during your time together rather than just, "hope it all works out"? Wouldn't it be smarter to work from a check-list of specifics that you're looking for in a "like-minded Supervisor"? I suggest that you hop on over to PracticeMentors.us, subscribe, then download and use the list we've put together for you as your personal interview check-list when interviewing your Supervisor-Candidates.

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"Kathleen is an extremely empowering supervisor. She not only
encourages you, but she equips you with the skills and knowledge
necessary to be a great clinician.

--Katie Joray, LPC Intern, Supervised by Kathleen Mills, LPC S, CEAP

"Thank you so much! I feel a bit more prepared to take on
the world after graduation (after reading this page). I had a
couple of friends in the master's program drop out because the thought
of all the work that happens after graduating was not their cup of tea.
I'm so sad they didn't get to read what you wrote, but I will refer my
classmates to read it and hopefully, they feel the same kind of peace
and calm that I do now."

--Alessandra Montes, Recent Graduate

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Here's The List of Supervisors I Recommend

If you'll click the logo to the left, or this link, you'll be shown a list of supervisors that have completed various levels of education with us. There's more detail on that page but each supervisor represented has a link directly to a page on their website specifically addressed to you! If you encounter any issues or have any questions please feel free to shoot Phillip an email at:  pcrum@practicementors.us and he will respond. Good luck!