As I ponder the completion of my first year as a Resident In Counseling, I reflect on my experience, goals and past successes within the field. Although the previous company that helped me to complete and submit my paperwork to the Virginia Board of Counseling was a good starting point, I was looking for more variety in clinical experiences within my caseload; which was somewhat limited.
I wrestled with assessing what my personal goals were and what the next step would be after licensure and found that another type of position would better suit my personal and clinical needs. For those individuals currently in clinical residency trying to complete clinical hours towards licensure, I want to say, it is ok to make a change in jobs if you feel that is necessary. That is exactly what I did.
My new position has afforded me opportunity to work with a much higher caseload providing individual, family and group therapy. The increase in the number of weekly work hours ensures that I will complete my hours for licensure this year. This new position offers me the opportunity to hone my clinical skills in facilitating groups with adolescents.
The newly graduated professional must be able to introspectively review their current situation and clinical experience to determine if change is necessary or if it can wait until you receive your license. Ultimately, every experience can be a learning experience.
Joanne Thomas is a Resident in Counseling, completing clinical residency to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. She has discovered her passion of working with youth and provides both individual and family therapy and concurrently is completing coursework to obtain her credential as a Registered Play Therapist.