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13 Oct, 11 tweets, 2 min read
Seeing 🧵re:biblical counseling. Just want to point out it’s not true mental health therapy. To become even provisionally licensed as a therapist in the state of Alabama I was required to:
1) have a 60 hour Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from a university +
Program that meets CACREP approval.
2) this includes 700 required clinical hours of practicum/internship that is unpaid. I paid to work.
3) passing the National Counselor’s Exam.
4) to apply for an associate license (what I have), I have to submit all kinds of info, references+
Plus a $300 application fee.
5) each year I have to complete so many hours of CEUS to retain licensure.
6) as an Associate Licensed Counselor working towards full licensure, I have to work 3000 hours under supervision. I meet w/my supervisor weekly and pay $110 each time I do.+
7) I also must pay to renew my license each year, along with sending in proof of CEUS and my supervisor has to fill out paperwork as well.
8) It takes about 2.5-3 yrs to gain enough hours to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Until then, I can’t be paneled on insurance.+
I’m in private practice, which means I’m private pay and I can’t charge as much usually. I’m overseen by a state licensing board who is there to protect the client. Not me. I am required to have professional liability insurance. Specific trainings are not taught in grad school. +
So I paid $1500 plus travel to be trained in EMDR. Good trainings are expensive. I do these regularly.

To become a fully licensed therapist takes a very expensive commitment of at least 5-6 years post bachelors degree.

I share all this because biblical counselors don’t +
Have any true oversight or accountability that I’m aware of. And I assure you they didn’t take 6 years to become educated and licensed - because no actual license is required. It is a “certification” with only 50 hours of clinical work. While I admire wanting to help people, +
My concern is that it not be equated to actual therapy. If you have anxiety or depression, other mood or thought disorders, trauma, or have been abused, please seek a licensed therapist. I’m deeply troubled by things I’ve heard taught by some biblical counselors. +
I don’t want anyone harmed because their trauma, grief, anxiety, or abuse is viewed through a lens of shame and blame.
Addition: I’m bound by law and my professional license to a very long code of ethics. I’m required legally to keep confidentiality and to be HIPAA compliant. I have to keep records. I consult with drs on client care. I use research based methods. These are the basics.
**I figured it up. I will pay approximately 14,000$ in supervision fees post graduation in order to attain licensure. So on top of a 60 hour masters that I have student loans for, I also pay this out of pocket.

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