Originally Posted by Sassychica
I'm bumping this because I am also having trouble with this. I recently got accepted into two school counseling programs. ( the only 2 I applied for) and I don't want to be pigeonholed into being a school counselor forever. I would like to run my own practice counseling people. I plan to go on to get a PHD, but just incase I don't, does anyone know if you can have a practice in NY with a school counseling degree? Or should I try to do both a mental health counseling and a school counseling masters? I'm not sure if I can do both at the same time, my school offers both degrees, but not simultaneously.
Has anyone run into this problem?
Did anyone get a school counseling degree and switch to mental health counseling/ sit for mhc or mft liscence?
Or does anyone have a masters in school counseling and have a private practice?
I would just go into mental health counseling, but I think I would have to reapply to the school although they offer both and I don't want to have to wait another year.
Any advice would be appreciated.
The professors in the programs you apply to could probably answer most of these questions. I don't think
that you can use a school counseling degree in a private setting. It probably depends on the licensing process in NY. Do they license school counselors separately from LPC/MFT, etc? If that is the case then the school counseling license probably doesn't work for private practice.
In my state a regular mental health counselor (LPC) or LCSW can
be a school counselor, no special degree is needed, though I think you do have to take some required state tests.