#PostThePay is working

#PostThePayBack in January, we launched #PostThePay in hopes of making life a little bit easier for prelicensed therapists and those who employ them. As we described then, too much time is wasted by those on both sides when applicants for a therapy or counseling job wouldn’t take the pay scale that the job offers. Furthermore, California law now requires that employers provide the pay scale to any applicant who asks — so why not just put it in a job announcement?

We’re pleased to say that #PostThePay seems to be working. More job announcements on social media are including pay information (even if it’s low — back to that momentarily). When announcements are posted that don’t have that information, users are quick to jump in and ask that the employer post the pay. And in many cases, that’s exactly what the original poster does. It shows the power of just asking, especially publicly. In some instances, employers have refused, and that’s OK; they’re not legally obligated. But we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many have responded a simple request to #PostThePay by, well, posting the pay.

A couple of employers have spoken with me about their concerns with this idea. They worry that if posting pay with job announcements becomes the norm, that therapists might make their decisions about where to apply based solely on pay. Those applicants might ignore the other benefits that come with a particular position, like the opportunity to serve a particular population, the things that make supervision at that workplace especially good, or other unique benefits. But as I’ve told them in response, I don’t think that’s giving applicants enough credit. Lots of us experience this work as something of a calling, and are willing to accept positions that don’t involve great pay as long as they 1) involve enough pay for us to meet our obligations, and 2) provide exactly those kinds of unique benefits the employers described to me — which also often are not included in job announcements. I actually think that when employers #PostThePay for jobs that pay relatively little, they have a great opportunity to make the case for why a therapist is still likely to be happier there than they would be somewhere else. And if posting the pay, even with a good detailing of other benefits, results in too few applicants, then it’s worth at least considering that the problem isn’t the applicants. It could be the pay.

If you’re interested in getting involved, we have a number of shareable graphics, copy-and-paste language you can use on social media, and more on our site:

#PostThePay home
#PostThePay resources for employers
#PostThePay resources for therapists and counselors

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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MFT job listing lingo

Matthew Henry / Burst / Used under licenseImagine seeing a job listing for a paid position that’s located close to home, involves working with the client population of your dreams, and offers excellent benefits. Excited to learn more, you begin to read over the job description. Upon reaching the “Qualifications” section, you see unfamiliar terminology. You start to question whether you meet the requirements for this position, and you wonder whether it’s worth applying for the position at all.

Many of us have encountered this situation and struggled to make sense of MFT job listing lingo. Fortunately, this article can provide clarification on several terms that may be unfamiliar to prelicensed MFTs who are seeking their first paid clinical opportunity.

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Graham-Cassidy health care bill would be disastrous for US mental health care

US Capitol domeThe US Senate may take action this week on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, a last-ditch effort by Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. If Graham-Cassidy becomes law, the consequences for US mental health providers and their clients would be disastrous.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office will not score the bill before a September 30 deadline for Senators to vote on it. But estimates suggest that under the bill, at least 16 million Americans would lose health insurance entirely after 10 years, given the bill’s similarity to prior Republican health care bills. This would leave millions paying out of pocket for mental health care that is currently covered by insurance.

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