Comments for Alternative & Unlicensed Practitioners http://www.unlicensed-practitioner.com Operate Legally and Ethically in Oregon Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:30:58 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.10 Comment on What’s the Difference Between a Counselor and a Psychologist? by Robert Plamondon http://www.unlicensed-practitioner.com/whats-difference-counselor-psychologist/#comment-20179 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:30:58 +0000 http://unlicensed-practitioner.com/?p=196#comment-20179 Brenna,

I think you’re wise. If you become a licensed psychologist and refer to yourself as “doctor,” you’ll spend the rest of your life answering “No” to the question, “Are you a real doctor?” This always struck me as being kind of painful! Of course, you could become a licensed psychologist and never refer to yourself as “doctor,” and just be who you are and do what you do, and that wouldn’t be a problem.

Robert

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Comment on Practicing Your Profession In Oregon Without a License, Legally and Ethically by Robert Plamondon http://www.unlicensed-practitioner.com/practicing-without-license-oregon/#comment-20178 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:11:22 +0000 http://unlicensed-practitioner.com/?p=69#comment-20178 Dannie,

Thanks for writing! Here in Oregon, you can call yourself a life coach or a counselor (or an auto mechanic, programmer, farmer, or preacher) whether you have credentials or not. What the rules are in other states, I’m not certain.

In most states, no one can be bothered to go after practitioners who aren’t (a) doing things reserved for physicians, like prescribing drugs or cutting you open, or (b) using outright fraud to misrepresent themselves. So you’d want to find out what the stupid rules are in your state, such as “an optometrist can call himself ‘Doctor,’ but a PhD can’t, unless he’s also a licensed psychologist.” This will protect you from technical violations of local law.

Here in Oregon, the issue has been the the Psychology Board (and to a lesser degree, the other boards) don’t let little things like legality get in their way. If they think they can string somebody up on trumped-up charges, they will. So we have to push back pretty often to keep them acceptably corrupt.

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Comment on Practicing Your Profession In Oregon Without a License, Legally and Ethically by Dannie A http://www.unlicensed-practitioner.com/practicing-without-license-oregon/#comment-20177 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:24:32 +0000 http://unlicensed-practitioner.com/?p=69#comment-20177 Hello. Thank you for your amazing site. I want to help people who have labels- like victim, bipolar or ex-con find a way to live beyond those labels. I dont want to treat those labels but help people find there way out from under them. This was my journey and I have some education in this area (I used to be a chemical dependancy therapist). I am wondering if I can call myself a Life Coach without certification also? Thank you.

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Comment on What’s the Difference Between a Counselor and a Psychologist? by Brenna W. http://www.unlicensed-practitioner.com/whats-difference-counselor-psychologist/#comment-20062 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:00:43 +0000 http://unlicensed-practitioner.com/?p=196#comment-20062 This so far has been a very helpful article for me when trying to decide my career path as a soon to be graduate with a BA in psychology. For a long time, I wanted to be a clinical psychologist but recently I found a very great program in Counseling, both MA and PhD, that is studying the field of therapy I am interested in (AAT assistance in psychotherapy). I actually based a lot of my own self identity on becoming a “doctor”, and I felt like becoming a counselor wouldn’t help me reach my professional goals. I am starting to change my mind as graduation inches closer as to what I ultimately want to do, but this has been very helpful.

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Comment on What’s the Difference Between a Counselor and a Psychologist? by Robert Plamondon http://www.unlicensed-practitioner.com/whats-difference-counselor-psychologist/#comment-19910 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:43:22 +0000 http://unlicensed-practitioner.com/?p=196#comment-19910 Thomas,

In Oregon, there’s no practical difference between a counselor and a psychologist, except that psychologists are legally allowed to put on airs and call themselves “doctor,” while counselors aren’t, even if they have a PhD — which many counselors do.

Some psychologists will tell you that they’ve done original research as part of their doctoral program — just like counselors with PhD’s — and that performing experiments on rats and students somehow makes them better therapists. There is no evidence to support this, however.

Research psychologists are cool, because psychological research is (in my opinion), the most important area of science, because at some point the main thing is understanding ourselves. Whether a given clinical psychologist has actually participated in this endeavor is another question. (I remember the dissertation of one of the Oregon Psychology Board’s members. It was not up to the standards of a winning small-town science-fair entry. Or a fourth-place entry.)

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