Why You Need to Stop Postponing Your Licensure Process
When I was completing my graduate program, the professors stressed the importance of pursuing licensure. I mean, why rack up 80k (*cringe*) in student loan debt to not complete the race! It's bad enough you're searching for a position (in the state of Florida) that's barely paying you 40k a year. For me, it just makes sense to get the road to licensure started ASAP!
Now getting licensed doesn't mean you will be rolling in dough (right away at least). However, it will absolutely open more doors and increase your income in a way that you may not be able to do as an unlicensed professional. It also allows you to have autonomy! You can start a private practice, start contracting with a government agency, or even land one of those sweet hospital or government positions that pay pretty well! So why limit yourself?
You need to get out there and register with your state to gain your limited license so that you can begin the process. In the state of Florida, you only have 5 years to get licensed, and if you allow this time to expire, you'll have to re-register with the state. Don't let this happen to you!
Be sure to check your board for specific limitations and deadlines for pre-licensed professionals.
The two most important benefits of getting licensed:
It regulates the profession. Getting licensed says that you have met all of the requirements to conduct therapy in a manner that is fully approved and supported by the regulatory boards. So pat yourself on the back!
The second benefit of licensure, is being apart of a profession protected in title and scope of practice. Legislatures, through licensing laws, declare that mental health is a professional practice that affects the public health and is subject to regulation and control in the public interest. So once you have gotten licensed, you are held to a professional standard that it taken very seriously and impacts many.
So stop wasting time! Find a supervisor, register with the state, and get the ball rolling!