(Closed) Any bees currently mental health counselors or have their master's in MHC?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, which is mental health/intellectual disabilities with more specified focus of vocational counseling. I chose to do my fieldwork in mental health, however. Right now I work in an inpatient substance abuse facility for men as a vocational counselor (our program is work intensive), but I do a lot of mental health in that role as well.

I love my job, but the money sucks. You can’t go into social services expecting to make a lot. I am less than a year out of grad school, haven’t gotten my license yet (though I have my applicable certification), and only make $28,000. My student loans are twice that amount. If it weren’t for FI’s salary, no way would we be able to make it.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have a Masters in Counseling and Guidance. In my area (Missouri and Kansas), social workers rule things. I should have gone with an MSW, but I don’t plan to live here much longer. I work at a community mental health center as a case manager, but I also recently started being allowed to do intakes and annual assessments, which makes me a QMHP as well. I dont like my organization much, but i dont have many choices. Jobs here are scarce and competition is high for the good organizations and positions. I make 38k, which seems about average here. I have not yet taken the NCE or started the licensure process, but I want to before this year ends. I wish I had know the limitations of this degree because as much as I love counseling, it is not an easy field to break into. I would have had more options with an MSW. But maybe Oregon is different. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I wish I had gone with an MSW as well. It opens many more doors.

Post # 8
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Wannabee

I am an LMSW working in an outpatient mental health clinic in NYC. At our clinic, we have a mix of both MHCs and LMSW/LCSWs. It is very competitive to get into the counseling field and the money is hit or miss if you work fee-for-service, but the work is a joy. Good luck!

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