I am considering a new career and have a question for those of you in the mental health field. I am debating between a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or a Master’s in Social Work. I am interested specifically in private practice counseling.
A couple of thoughts:
· The curriculum for the CMHC looks as though it would better prepare me for counseling than the MSW.
· I am concerned about insurance reimbursements. One of the therapists in the practice I am considering suggested I look into insurance reimbursement - they are LCSW’s so they are not too familiar with the insurance reimb for LMHC.
· The therapist I could possibly work with (although much can change in the time it takes to get the degree) said either program is fine. Her first response was ‘get the MSW, it will be fine’ changed a little. After looking at the CMHC program she said she liked the program and felt it would be more relevant to the job. She w/h considered the CMHC program if it was available when she was in school. Her main concern was insurance reimbursement.
· The CMHC is offered at a private school and costs twice as much as the MSW at an extension of a state school.
So, if I find the insurance is not an issue, it seems to me the CMHC/LMHC is the way to go but I am wondering if there is something I am overlooking.
I am really nervous about going back to school. I was an accountant in my first career and have been a SAHM for seven years – so this is a big change. It has been a long time since I was in school.