How my personal journey led to helping counseling graduates thrive
When I was preparing to graduate with my Master's and seek licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), I found myself feeling overwhelmed and confused. I had no idea what the next steps toward licensure looked like.
If it wasn't for the support of my classmates, I don't know what I would have done. It was helpful knowing I wasn't alone and that others were equally as confused. We pooled our resources and we (somehow) figured it out, together. While each of our paths to full licensure ended up looking different, at the start we held hands (mostly figuratively, but sometimes literally) while navigating the process of becoming an LPC Intern.
After becoming licensed, I often found myself commiserating with fellow LPC Interns. I soon realized that being ill prepared for the journey to licensure was a common gap that most graduate programs failed to fill. They didn't provide their students with information to prepare for the National Counselor Exam (NCE - a requirement for licensure), how to seek licensure as an LPC Intern and what the requirements are, and what supervision and seeking employment as an LPC Intern looks like.
Then DING! A lightbulb went off and a passion was stricken... I wanted to help other LPC Interns navigate this path so they wouldn't feel as overwhelmed and confused as my classmates and I did.
That's when I first began putting together a workshop - at that time it was alongside my LPC Supervisor, Millie Cordaro - and I began holding a peer support group for fellow LPC Interns. I'm happy to say that these services for LPC Interns have grown under my private practice and now include:
- Regular workshops for LPC Interns: Preparing for the NCE, Licensure, Supervision, & Employment (next one is March 2nd!)
- A detailed workbook to help interns navigate the process of preparing for the NCE, becoming an LPC Intern, finding a supervisor, and seeking employment
- A New Counselor support group, held biweekly to validate and support new counselors through the stages of counselor development
- I'm also holding a presentation for St. Edward's Counseling Grad students Feb 22nd - which is free for students to attend. So, if you're on campus - check it out!
Feel free to share these services with counseling grads and LPC Interns so they can thrive in their field, not just survive.