mswaterbears  asked:

Hey, this is a long shot since I know this isn't your area, but it's semi-related and I've tried googling around with little success. I'm in a MS program for counseling psychology and my long term goal is to be a privately practicing mental health counselor. I've been trying to get more involved with BLM and related movements, and I want to know what the repercussions might be if I am arrested while enacting peaceful protest. Would I still be able to obtain licensure as a practitioner?

Ok. This is actually a really complicated question and the short answer is “IDK, it depends.”

I spoke with a friend who is currently earning his doctorate in psychology, who had an internship where he provided counseling in a mental health clinic. He does not have licensure, but his internship supervisor and all staff counselors (as opposed to internship counselors) also have licensure.

I also spoke with my sister, who has a masters in nursing and is a licensed nurse practitioner. Not the same, but similar enough for our purposes.

Both said you MUST report all convictions of misdemeanors or felonies. If you have charges filed but you don’t receive a conviction, you must also report that (though that may vary by location). Neither was clear on whether an arrest with no filed charges must be reported, so if you can, try to find someone local to you who would have a concrete answer about that.

Once you have disclosed your arrests and charges filed, it is up to the review board to determine whether your record will impact your ability to competently do your job. I imagine local politics and the individual biases of the board members would factor heavily into whether you actually can obtain your license, so see if you can find someone local to you who has that job under networking pretenses, so you can perhaps gauge how they feel about BLM and their protests.

If you find that you’re not willing to risk licensure in order to protest, don’t worry! You’re not a bad activist, and there’s plenty of other ways you can support BLM, both directly and indirectly.
Examples: Donate to local non-profits that support BLM or are run by BLM activists. Call and write to your local politicians and urge them to condemn police brutality and change police training tactics. See if there are any non-protest activities you can volunteer for, like a music festival that would benefit the cause. Donate directly to the families of police brutality victims - if you don’t see a fundraiser happening, try to reach out to the family directly and see if they’d like one organized.

I’m going to tag
@sw-or-gtfo and @clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead here - can either of you think of anything I’ve missed, either on the licensure end of things or the activism end of things?

EDIT: Right after posting this, I got another response with some great advice!
“Tell that person to reach out to Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU for advice on this. They’re both in the business of civil rights and might have some good insight on the subject.”


“Look, Doctor, I-I think the doc was in over his head on this one ‘cause my brother’s, uh…
[pauses, then spins his finger around his ear and makes the "cuckoo” whistle]“

Dr. Aaron Fuller: "Okay, fine. Thank you, That- that’s really not necessary.
[to Sam] Why don’t *you* tell me how you’re feeling, Alex.”

Sam Winchester: “I’m fine. [scoffs] I mean, okay, a little depressed, I guess.”

Dr. Aaron Fuller: “All right. Any idea why?”

Sam Winchester: “Probably because I started the apocalypse. [taken aback] "The apocalypse”?“

Sam Winchester: "Yeah, that’s right.”

Dr. Aaron Fuller: [the Doctor looks at Dean, who smirks, then back to Sam] “And you started it.”

Sam Winchester: “Well, yeah, I… [sighs] I killed this demon, Lilith, and I accidentally freed Lucifer from Hell, so now he’s topside and we’re tryin’ to stop him.”

Dr. Aaron Fuller: “W-who is?”

Sam Winchester: “Me. And him. And, uh, this one angel.”

Dr. Aaron Fuller: “Oh, you mean like a- like an angel on your shoulder.”

Sam Winchester: [matter-of-factly] “No, no. His name is Castiel. He wears a trench coat.”

Dean Winchester: “See what I mean, doc? I mean, the kid’s been beating himself up over this thing for months. The apocalypse wasn’t his fault.”

Dr. Aaron Fuller: [again taken aback] “It’s not?”

Dean Winchester: “No. There was this other demon, Ruby. She got him addicted to demon blood. I mean, near the end, he was practically chugging the stuff. My brother’s not evil. He’s was just… high. Yeah? So could you fix him up so we can get back to traveling around the country and hunting monsters?”

anonymous asked:

are some psychologists more equipped to handle more serious cased than others? or is it required that psychologists are able to handle whatever case they get?

Psychologists don’t all get the same training. Psychologists should all be able to work with most groups of people- we receive what’s called “generalist training” before specializing - but since we do specialize and we don’t all get training with every potential population, each psychologist will have strengths and weaknesses. So some psychologists will have training and expertise in areas that another won’t, including what you might be thinking of as “serious” cases- whether that’s people with psychotic disorders, or actively suicidal people, or people with personality disorders, or people with eating disorders, or whatever. 


Say hi to Viento (:

He’s my horse here at the clinic and he’s stubborn and sometimes a real pain in the ass, but he’s so kind and sweet and generally awesome.

I’m really going to miss him when I leave this place!

Yesterday we went for a walk through the forest during therapy and he was so happy and enthusiast. It was so wonderful. But unfortunately he really loves grass. Like grass is his life. So every time we went by a patch of grass, he was like “graaaass foooood need to eat staaahp” and then he’d mentally be like Sven from Frozen.

He’s amazing and I love him!

Kurt: Rachel, it’s come to our attention that you have some challenges with saying good-bye to your childhood home.
Blaine: Which is forcing you to say good-bye to your childhood and fully accept adulthood. Or at least that’s according to the very nice lady at the Lima mental health clinic.
—  Glee: Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson to Rachel Berry - 06x07 Transitioning