In Ohio, therapists who pursue their masters degree in clinical mental health and a license in clinical counseling must have a supervisor for a minimum of two years. While they are still finishing their degree, they complete a 600-hour supervised internship. Before they can apply for their provisional license, they must complete their degree and the internship as well as pass a licensure exam. Once they earn their provisional license, they must practice for a minimum of 2 years and 3000 hours with a designated supervisor, to whom their license is attached. The supervisor is meant to continue guiding the supervisee in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders, and ultimately, to endorse them in obtaining their independent license.
At Life Worth Living, our resident supervisor is Patti Baker, M.Ed., LPCC-S. We work with local universities to carefully select students that fit well into the private practice setting and our clientele. It’s our hope that LWL supervisee relationships will include mentorship and symbiotic learning. For student and provisional licensee applicants, please know we will require at least 2 references – 1 from your counseling program and 1 from a clinical or professional setting.