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So.  You want to be an Agent of Change?

 

HOW WE ROLL

We help people get into a rhythm in private practice with a strong, supportive environment that runs like a well-oiled machine.

What We Promise:

YOU WILL GET A FULL CASELOAD QUICKLY: 

We can generally get you a full caseload (25-30 clients weekly) in about 90-120 days, all paying cash/credit.  We say “generally” because we can supply clients quite quickly, but the speed to full is ultimately dependent on your ability to retain them.  But 90-120 days…even practitioners who build caseloads using insurance will tell you: this is fast.  

WE WILL HELP YOU FIGURE THIS OUT: 

Most therapists coming into private practice are some mix of over- and under-confident. For example, they might come in expecting to really perform well with most all clients (over-confident).  When they struggle, they assume they must’ve been skill-deficient (under-confident), instead of understanding that it simply takes time to acclimate to a new environment, even for seasoned therapists. In fact, what works very well in certain settings (e.g., in-patient substance treatment) often doesn’t work well in private practice. On a separate but related note, many therapists come in very worried about money and whether they’ll make enough to leave the “security” of their previous jobs.  WHEN WE SAY WE’LL HELP YOU, THAT MEANS THE MONEY PART TOO.  To accomplish all this, we provide solid, involved, but collegial supervision (did we mention that’s free?), primarily aimed at the development of the person of the counselor (you!) and a growing awareness that who you are in therapy is as important as what you do in therapy. In short, you’ll have a lot of latitude to be yourself in therapy, but lots of support and follow-up to evaluate how well you are retaining clients and to see how what you’re doing is working.

YOU WILL CONTINUE TO GROW…IN THE RIGHT AREAS: 

We provide a stipend that renews every year for continuing ed benefits, in addition to one full conference admission (approx. $500/value) we all attend together out of state and use as an opportunity to connect relationally.  That stuff is great!  However, we often find that therapists have more than enough theoretical knowledge (even if they don’t think so), but are often underdeveloped as people and/or have not spent enough time in therapy themselves.  According to Dr. Jeffrey Kottler’s (2017) best-selling, seminal work, On Being a Therapist, research shows that our personal motives for becoming counselors tend to organize around common themes, typically involving lingering struggles from childhood loss and ongoing needs for recognition and approval as well as trying to clarify and bring resolution to our own problems.   So…at Change, Inc., once a quarter we have a “Group Experience,” where an outside therapist comes in to work with us and help us process our shit, including but not limited to our own personal struggles as well as the struggles of being a therapist. There is typically a fair amount of crying and laughing and satiating food. Once a quarter we also have a “Social Gathering where we get together at some restaurant and eat and drink together. If this sounds good, don’t get it wrong — it’s not utopia. We get to know one another and sometimes its messy. But we have the sense that we’re going somewhere together. And that we need one another. All of us tend to approach the whole of life as therapists — i.e., this is sort of “therapy as a lifestyle,” as the continual search to grow and better ourselves as much as our clients.

 

What We Expect

We invest a lot, so we expect a lot of engagement. This is absolutely a place where you can expect a two-way street.

  • We have a contract with a minimum length of stay which enables us to make good on our investment in you.
  • We chart and track retention and have goals that are used as a barometer for areas of success and needed growth.
  • We suppress logistical requirements as much as we can — limited meetings, limited administrative minutia (we spent too much time working under the heavy yoke of Medicaid!!!) — so we expect a very quick response time to email and electronic communication.
  • More broadly, the administrative requirements we do have are typically to communicate, follow best-practices, and make sure we get paid.  We take them seriously.
  • We emphasize personal growth and development as therapists and as people, and we expect these things to be taken seriously as well.

The Bottom Line.

  • This isn’t the kind of place for you if therapy is a ‘hat’ you wear or if you like a more anonymous work environment where others don’t really get to know the real you.
  • This isn’t the kind of place for you if you’re motivated by all of the non-counseling opportunities there are within mental health like being a program director or non-clinical supervisor. 
  • This isn’t the kind of place for you if you like the idea of being a counselor but don’t actually want to put in the work to be good at it, which means that you’ll have to spend time looking at where you’re not so good at it (among other things).

This is the kind of place for you if counseling is just who you are.  At Change, Inc., we do things differently by choice, and there is a distinct culture and way of thinking that goes along with that.  It’s cool if you don’t think you’d fit!!!

 

THE DEETS.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Please note the following qualifications carefully:

  • Required : Documented Master’s degree or higher in Counseling or related field.
  • Required : Documented minimum 2-4 years experience in mental health at-large, and some actual counseling experience.
  • Preferred : Documented Licensure as an unrestricted, non-supervision-required Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (if in MO) or LCPC (if coming from IL), Social Worker (LCSW), or Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT). 
    NOTE: **Supervision-required/Provisional licensure (LMSW, PLPC, PLMFT) will be considered if all other qualifications met on a case by case basis.** 
  • Preferred : Approved supervisor status

PAY

Compensation is a percentage of the billed amount per client, commensurate with therapist licensure and experience.  Even at the most entry-level, Change, Inc. counselors average 45% above the median counselor income (see below) on an hourly basis.  This does not include additional benefits like continuing education and supervision!

Our benchmarks:

  • According to the American Counseling Association’s 2014 Survey, full time (40 hours/wk) Licensed Mental Health Counselors averaged $40,421/year.
    Average hourly wage = $21.05/hour

    ($40,421 / 12 months / 4 weeks / 40 hours)

    Change, Inc. counselors average approximately 90% more than this hourly.

     

  • According to Payscale’s 2019 estimate, full-time (40 hours/wk) LPC’s average $46,251/year.
    Average hourly wage = $24.09/hour
    ($46,251 / 12 months / 4 weeks / 40 hours)

    Change, Inc. counselors average approximately 66% more than this hourly.

 

HOW TO APPLY

You think you’re up to the challenge, eh?

***Please no phone calls or visits.***

If we’re interested, someone will contact you back within 3-10 business days.