Articles by Stephanie Ann Adams, M.A., LPC

Stephanie Ann Adams, M.A., LPC is the co-author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Beginning-Counselors-Survival-Guide/dp/0615569439/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336513939&sr=8-1"><em>The Beginning Counselor’s Survival Guide: The New Counselor’s Plan for Success from Practicum to Licensure</em></a> (available now in paperback and eBook). Connect with other interns, watch free training videos and more at <a href="http://beginningcounselor.com/">Beginning Counselor: Building Your Ideal Internship</a>. Thinking about starting a private practice someday? You might also want to check out Stephanie's private practice resources at <a href="http://www.myobcounselor.com/">MYOB Counselor: Helping Counselors In Private Practice "Mind Their Own Businesses"</a>.

What Counts? Tracking Hours.

What Counts? Tracking Hours.

In my book, The Beginning Counselor’s Survival Guide, my main goal is to simplify the difficult-to-understand. For a career that is all about helping people, we certainly do make it complicated to get into sometimes! As the co-founder of Beginning Counselor: Building Your Ideal Internship I get questions all the time, many of them starting with, “What do they mean by _______?”

The fact is, with counseling licensure, as well as with counseling practice, there are a lot of gray areas. “This means this if this is the case…unless of course, this happens.”

That’s why I wanted to take this opportunity to clear up some of the confusion, specifically about the concept of HOURS. By that I mean the specific number of hours we as counselors (or psychologists, marriage and family therapists, or other behavioral health professionals) are required to earn in order to switch from a provisionally licensed mental health professional to the real deal.