How to work in mental health industry?
September 4, 2013 9:25 AM Subscribe
I'm interested in working in the mental health industry. How can I start dipping my toe in the water?
posted by deathpanels to work & money (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm still very much in the "maybe I'd like to..." phase, so I apologize if this is a vague request. I'm mostly interested in possibly working as a therapist or counselor, but I don't quite understand the distinctions between different types of therapists/counselors/psychologists and what their various qualifications are. I'm aware of PsyD and PhD, but these are more academic disciplines, right? What sort of training/background/education would a person have who, say, works with CBT or conflict resolution? I'm more interested in the behavioral/cognitive approaches rather than drug therapy.
Is it possible to get an internship and/or shadow a therapist? That would seem to violate patient confidentiality; is there some other way of getting some exposure or experience in the field without committing to a masters program?
FWIW, my current background is in an unrelated industry. My academic background is in math/sciences and I work in software. I'm not sure if that makes a difference, but there you have it.