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(p. 31) Steps to Becoming a Mental Health Professional 

(p. 31) Steps to Becoming a Mental Health Professional
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(p. 31) Steps to Becoming a Mental Health Professional
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Ann F. Garland

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197544716.003.0004
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date: 02 July 2022

This chapter describes six common steps to becoming a mental health professional: (1) earning an undergraduate degree; (2) applying for admission to a graduate program in the discipline of choice; (3) completing a graduate program, including all coursework and supervised practicum experience; (4) earning a job as a prelicensed trainee (often called an intern) to gain supervised hours of postgraduate clinical practice to meet licensure requirements; (5) passing a clinical licensure exam in the selected discipline and (often) a state ethics exam; (6) maintaining a license with the required continuing education throughout the career. The key decision points at each step are highlighted, and the chapter offers detailed advice for success at each step. Given that many readers may be approaching Step 2, applying for graduate school, particular attention is given to this step, including hints for successful admissions essays and interviews.

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