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love2u feeling great

become an expert at something (read all 17 entries…)
A career report from Live Career site says

I am a creator, helper, and persuader. I am assertive, persuasive and systematic.

They make you pay to get the specific report, but Clinical Psychologist was listed. Funny. That is what I decided that I was supposed to be when I was in 7th grade.



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Douglas Creative Expression

Is that what your

new career will be or is it something else?

love2u feeling great

Thank you for your comment :)

I am not sure. I was moving in that direction for the longest time, but I got sidetracked. Now I am trying to decide whether I need to toss it completely and start over or make a course correction.

According to my research, it is better to get a MSW and then become a LCSW to practice as a therapist. They say that you can do the same thing with an MSW that you can do with a PhD or PsyD to be a Clinical Psychologist.

I started a MSW program that was near me, and it was not tailored to working adults. The undergraduate social work students could skip coursework to complete the program early, but those already in the workforce could not use their undergraduate degrees from other schools to skip coursework or use their work experience as their fieldwork hours. Their structure would also not allow you to break up the semesters so that you could do coursework during the semesters and fieldwork during the summers. I was working 2 jobs and taking the 16 hours of classes that they required and trying to do the required 16 hours of volunteer fieldwork. After one semester, I decided that would not be healthy for me to do for 2 years and removed myself from the program. The second year required 32 hours per semester of volunteer field work along with the 16 hours of graduate coursework per semester. (Normal graduate level courseload is 9 hours,)

Now I am thinking of ways to use my Communication Arts degree.

I still wish that I could help with healthcare reform, but I did not get far enough along in the program to learn the best way to do it. I had a class in Social Welfare Policy and talked with my professor about it. He suggested that I contact Leiberman. I wrote President Bush, but I think I got a form letter response. I don’t think anyone would consider the idea without the numbers to show cost, comparisons, unintended consequences or risks, how it would be implemented, etc. There is a medical clinic providing free services to people in the area, and it might provide a cost figure at a community level. The military structure and costs might provide an example of what a medical corps would cost to be implemented. I think I would need a bit of help figuring out the large scale of things and comparisons.

Douglas Creative Expression

I wish you well

in your search and pursuit. You put a lot of information into your post and I don’t see how all of it ties together but I can see its complex and that you have explored many aspects of it.
Your sources who gave you information about MSW vs. PhD may be correct but I know in the past, at least in the Seattle area, PhD’s had greater coverage when it came to clients using insurance for therapy. I think that’s changing and may not be true anymore. The last time I checked on it was quite a few years ago. Also, I don’t know what part of the country you live in but it may be different than here in Seattle.
The Obama administration may have a different approach to your concerns about Health Care. If you have the stamina and patience to pursue it you may want to write another letter.

But it sounds like you have shifted to different career choices anyway.

Where and when did you get your Communication Arts degree?
What are the two jobs you work at?

I think I understand something of your desire to be an expert at something. I share some of it. In my experience in our culture, true experts are few and far between. There are lots of people who claim to be experts. Many of them believe it sincerely (i.e. they have no intent to deceive people) but even so they still aren’t what I would call an expert.

If I can help any further let me know. I have good skills at thinking things through clearly. Feel free to post more if you want, or if you don’t want to post everything publicly then send me a private message through 43Things.

I hope you reach your dreams.

love2u feeling great

Thank you for the wishes

It is always nice to hear from people from different areas. I am in Tennessee (Executive Assistant and Sales). I think I am ready to try something new, but I will go ahead and write Obama anyway. :)

I read somewhere about working toward getting a virtual MBA. I thought that sounded interesting. I saw a cartoon once in Louisville that showed a man washing someone’s car window with his MBA and that made an impression on me.


 

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