On September 26, 2020, Assembly Bill 1145 was signed into law. For over 10 years in the pursuit of legislative advocacy as an LMFT and as a Gerry Grossman Seminars instructor of BBS exam preparatory and continuing education classes, I have strongly advocated for a change in the law as it pertained to mandated reporting and consensual sex and minors. In 2010, I wrote an article regarding this subject for CAMFT Therapist magazine to alert mental health professionals to the inequity in the law. I spoke out regarding this topic at annual CAMFT conferences and at multiple BBS meetings, and walked the halls of the Capital Building advocating at representatives’ offices.
Navigating the field of mental health careers can be difficult. From different areas of study, therapeutic approaches, and specialty designations, there are many options on the clinical buffet. It can feel overwhelming starting in the clinical field. Don’t chase every shiny new clinical path that surfaces until you fully understand the difference between certification and licensure.
- If you’re reading this after recently passing a social work licensure exam, we’d like to offer you huge congratulations! No matter which test you just passed, you no doubt put an enormous amount of work into studying for success. These skills will be useful in your next career step: finding employment. Starting work in the social work field is an exciting milestone, and you’re no doubt looking for the perfect opportunity. The following ideas and resources will give you a great start towards finding that ideal position.