Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Attachment Therapist in the making
OK. This post is for Christine. If any one has been thinking that becoming an attachment therapist might be for you this is the approach I am taking. Now each state does have different laws for becoming a counselor. In Nebraska you have to be a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner. You can get this certificate by getting either a masters in counseling or a master in social work and becoming a licensed clinical social worker. (and passing state licensing test at the end of your internship) I am getting a masters in counseling. This involves 60 credits of masters counseling classes. I am taking 2 at a time at a college that has an accelerated graduate program. Each term is 9 weeks long which means a semester in 9 weeks. Its a sprint! It will take me a year and a half of classes. I about have the half done with a year to go. THEN I have to do a 9 week practicum. This is followed by an internship. The length of the internship will depend on how many hours a week I work. All of this will give me what I need to become a therapist in Nebraska. To become an attachment therapist I have to be trained by an attachment therapist. I really hope to be able to get a large part of my internship hours with an attachment therapist. While we have been going to one for a long time it has trained me to be the mom of a child with RAD not to do the therapy. There are only a few attachment therapists in the state. Hopefully within a couple of years there will be one more! There is a shortage of therapists trained in working with children who have RAD and their moms. If your children are reaching a point where you can consider this PLEASE do. The need is so great!