Podcast episode 1: How license exams are like the TSA

Psychotherapy Notes podcastAs we announced last month, the first seven episodes of our Psychotherapy Notes podcast are now online. They’re interesting and short, by design. Much as I love to ramble on for hours (seriously, my students are all rolling their eyes and nodding in agreement right now), these episodes are short enough that you can listen to an entire episode during a 10 minute break between client sessions. For our first episode, we revisit a topic that has come up often here on the blog: License exams.

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California to change Counselor and MFT intern title to “associate” on January 1, 2018

California flagUnder a bill signed into law last week by Governor Jerry Brown, counselors (PCCs) and marriage and family therapists (MFTs) in California who have completed their graduate degrees but are not yet licensed will see their title change from “Intern” to “Associate” on January 1, 2018. [Originally published September 26, 2016. Updated August 2, 2017: Added FAQ section. Republished December 19, 2017.]

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Announcing the Psychotherapy Notes podcast

Psychotherapy Notes podcastWe don’t do a lot of interviews here on the blog. But sometimes, getting additional perspectives is important. So for our new podcast on major current issues in the world of psychotherapy and counseling, we split the episodes. Some of them are me talking about a current issue, giving background, trends, and opinions. The rest involve key players, talking in their own words.

We’ve dropped the first seven episodes of the Psychotherapy Notes Podcast on iTunes. All episodes are under 10 minutes, so you can listen to a full episode in between sessions.

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Great gifts for therapists (updated for 2017)

gifts chestLooking for holiday gifts for therapists in your life? Don’t get them another therapy-themed card game. Here are some gift ideas that counselors and psychotherapists of all types might find fun and useful, organized by cost.

(We’ve updated this post a bit for 2017, ensuring all links and prices are current as of publication. And great news: Most prices are lower than last year!)

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How Facebook knows you’re a therapist – and who your clients are

Matthew Henry / Burst / Licensed under Creative Commons ZeroTherapists and counselors have been expressing concern for some time now that Facebook can “out” their clients to other clients, even when the therapist or counselor has not done anything to facilitate the connection. It can happen even when the therapist or counselor doesn’t use Facebook. Thanks to some good reporting by Gizmodo Media, we now have a better understanding of how that happens. We also now know just how little you can do to stop it.

The whole article “How Facebook figures out everyone you’ve ever met” is really worth your time. Here, I’ll just share some of the pieces most relevant to counselors, therapists, and other mental health professionals. For us, if even just a few of your clients use Facebook, the likelihood of keeping all your therapeutic relationships truly confidential is near zero.

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