Should LPC interns tell people they are interns?


By David Joel Miller.

Do you have to tell what your therapist licence status is?

Morning Question #17

YES! Sorry folks I known sometimes this is a pain.

If you are an intern say you are an intern. If you are a trainee say so. Once you say what you are, you may end up needing to spend some time explaining the designation. When people call me Dr. Miller I have to explain that I am a Therapist and Counselor and that I have a Master’s Degree not a PhD.

People with a doctorate may be able to call themselves “Doctor” but they need to explain that they are PhD’s or PsyD’s not medical doctors. Most places PhD’s can’t prescribe and we all need to help clients understand what we do and not mislead the public.

If this bothers you, go into something with a less rigorous code of ethics.

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