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Kathleen McDonald

You have a valid point. Sad to say, when money gets tight and schools have to start cutting jobs, one of the first to go are the school counselors. The best way to protect yourself against being jobless is to get qualified NOT just in school counseling but become a clinical psychologist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Marriage and Family Therapist, or something similar. To become a school counselor in California, you have to go through a credentialing program and become a credentialed counselor. That usually takes only one more year after your Bachelor's degree. But if ALL you have is that credential and you get laid off, there's not much else you can do with it. On the other hand, if you become an LCSW or MFT or clinical psych AND get your counseling credential, then if you get laid off, you can still have a private practice or find work in some other place. Yes, it will take maybe an extra year or so of schooling, but if that's what it takes for a lifetime of job protection, it's worth it. There may be some programs that combine the credentialing program with LCSW, MFT, etc. so that in essence you're working on and earning them both at the same time. You'd have to ask about that.

Answered 2 years ago

Kathleen McDonald

Debra DeWeese

First, if being a school counselor is your passion, then you must go for it! Life will provide.

In the meantime, to send the message to the universe that this is your desire, you must make effort, daily, to make it happen. You might want to interview school counselors and learn how they got their job. Write down what you think being a school counselor means and see if that lines up to the experience of school counselors. You might want to join meet-ups or learn about what extracurricular activities that school counselors do, and start connecting into that community. Just take steps in that direction.

If after a little home and legwork you decide that this is what you want, then plan steps and make goals that lead in that direction.

Also, remember, that along your path, obstacles may appear and redirection may happen. There is no right or wrong -- it's all about the journey!

I hope this helps a bit -- and good luck!

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Answered 3 years ago

Debra DeWeese