Relational Therapy Certificate and Licensure
Required Certification or Licensure:
Every relational therapist who intends to practice relational therapy as a career will need to be licensed to do so in his or her state of residence. The licensing requirements, however, vary greatly from state to state, so it is always a good idea for individuals to understand the requirements for becoming licensed and what the licensing procedure will entail. Some aspects of the licensing program may change from time to time, so prospective licensees will want to be sure they are reading the most up to date information available. This information can usually be obtained by visited the medical board in one’s intended state of practice or by searching authoritative online sites. Talking to those who have been through the process or to college or university teachers can also be extremely helpful in gathering and understanding information pertaining to work as a relational therapist. Generally, however, one will need at least a master’s degree, depending on the exact field or type of job one is hoping to obtain, and will need to have had some kind of experiential learning or internship during the course of the education. Licensing usually involves several more supervised hours of an internship or hands on learning experience as well as studying for and passing a licensing examination.
Most states do require prospective relational therapy licensees to complete a written examination. This exam will not focus specifically on relational therapy but instead on all general aspects of therapy. For this reason , it is very important that individuals have a well rounded educational background that covers all the necessary aspects of psychology and of the practice of all kinds of therapy. The exam is known for being quite difficult and will, for many people, take a few tries to pass. The good news, however, is that anytime one fails the exam, he or she will be given detailed score reports that outline the areas in which one scored well and in which one scored poorly. Carefully assessing these will help individuals to learn their strengths and weaknesses and to study for the next try at the exam accordingly.
In addition to becoming licensed, many states also require the individual, depending on the type of work he or she will be doing, to be licensed by the American Psychological Association or the licensing agency that relates to the type of work the individual will pursue.
While many people follow the exact course of education, licensure, and certification, it is important to note that not everyone will require the same exact training for his or her position. It is important to know what one’ s “dream job” will entail and what requirements go along with it. Not everyone will whiz through the entire process; everyone moves at their own pace, and those seeking education, licensure, or certification should not be discouraged if there are a few snags along the way. After all, how quickly one finishes the process is not what matters; how well one does so is the important thing to remember.