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Career as an Online Counsellor? #522592 05/24/09 06:59 AM
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Does anyone have any info on this career path? (not just counselling, but specifically online counselling) I'd love to do this as a career, and do have an Undergrad degree in psychology, however no further formal training or qualifications. I'm 30 years old and simply cannot afford to go back to uni and do the further study required to become licensed/registered. I also do not wish to be a face to face counsellor. Only online. I would even be open to doing online counselling for free, as it doesn't even feel like work to me. I obviously would one day want to be able to do it as a career though, to support myself enough so I wouldn't have to work (or at least not very much) in my current job as a secretary *snore* Any advice or experiences would be very much appreciated!

Re: Career as an Online Counsellor? [Re: mishb23] #522724 05/25/09 12:01 AM
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You have to have the same credentials as any other counselor in your area needs to have to counsel someone. To hold a private practice (which is what you would be doing even online), all US states and most western countries require a Masters level education and whatever license requirements there are etc. for your degree/area.

What you could do which wouldn't be illegal is to give advice online at various sites where people ask questions and you answer. Yahoo has a department like that. There are disclaimers etc. in place on those sites clearly letting visitors know that you are not a mental health professional. Anyone can give an opinion. It only becomes a problem when you get paid for it.

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Re: Career as an Online Counsellor? [Re: Lisa_Angelettie] #522766 05/25/09 06:43 AM
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Thank you! I thought as much re the requirements, and actually years ago I created my own website with the intention to offer advice/counselling, but put this disclaimer on there saying I'm not a registered psychologist, etc. I was too nervous to ever really generate any traffic to the site as I wasn't qualified and feared any repurcussions, so the site died...but my desire to do this hasn't. Thanks again!

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