Oklahoma's Hidden Self-Care Gems

 

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OBLADC Considers Making Virtual CEU Waiver Permanent

During a regularly scheduled board meeting of the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors on November 8, 2021, a request was made to make live virtual continuing education events permanently count as in-person workshops. 

The proposal was reportedly made by Joie Soske, who was not present at the board meeting, an Oklahoma LADC practicing in another state but who maintains her Oklahoma LADC license. Ric Pierson, the Executive Director of OBLADC, explained that he had received an email from Ms. Soske which outlined several persuasive points arguing for the change. 

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Confused About CEUs? Our Definitive Guide to What Counts and What Doesnt

COVID brought a lot of disruptions, including the ways that Oklahoma LPCs, LMFTs, and LADCs could get their CEUs. In addition, the OBBHL has recently changed the way that it processes CEU request and approval for Oklahoma LPCs and LMFTs. 

Below is our definitive guide to what counts and what doesn't for your continuing education.

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Aaron Beck Dies at the Age of 100

Psychotherapist the world over are morning the loss of Aaron Temkin Beck, the founder of Cognitive Therapy which later  became known as Cognitive Behavior Therapy. 

His daughter Dr. Judith Beck, a practicing psychologist, researcher, and current president and co-founder of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy informed the world of her father's passing in an email statement sent at 10:01AM CST on November 1, 2021. 

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Oklahoma Mental Health Agencies Partnering with Law Enforcement to Better Serve Those in Crisis

For years, suicide has been a leading cause of death among Oklahoma adults and adolescents. Over the course of the pandemic, the state has unfortunately experienced a rise in suicide, along with an overall increase in behavioral health problems in youths. Often, the first line of defense in intervening in cases of mental health crises are not mental healthcare providers; it’s law enforcement.

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OBBHL Navigating Changes to CEU Approval Process

According to Oklahoma State Statute the Oklahoma Board of Behavioral Health Licensure consists of  four members who are licensed professional counselors, three members who are licensed family and marital therapists, two members who are licensed behavioral practitioners, and two non-professional members who possess “knowledge of counseling issues”.

The statute goes on to give the board authorization to employ an Executive Director who, in turn, is authorized to employ office staff, enter into contracts on behalf of the board, and perform other duties on behalf of the board.

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7 Things LPCs Should Consider when Marketing Mental Health Services

Whether Licensed Professional Counselors are setting up a private practice or running an agency with a dozen clinicians, marketing is an important task for maintaining a flow of new referrals and keeping caseloads full. When it comes to advertising services, there are many ethical pitfalls that could make marketing sticky. Here are 7 things LPCs should consider when marketing mental health services!

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License to Fulfill: Completing Candidacy

Throughout their 2 to 5-year candidacy, LPC candidates must log at least 3,000 clinical hours to qualify to apply for licensure. Each time a candidate submits a 6-month review, the board will send them an email with how many hours remain until they qualify for licensure. Here are factors for candidates to consider when they are nearing their final hours.

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Putting the "Can" In Candidacy

LPC candidacy is a 2-to-5 year experience with many obligations. On top of seeing clients and completing paperwork, candidates have many tasks to complete every six months to make sure they are on track to earn their license. Here are a few things for candidates to remember as they begin candidacy:

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7 Things to Consider Before Joining BetterHelp

As explored in a previous article outlining the company TalkSpace, the advent of the global pandemic has led to an increase in mental health difficulties in Americans, as well as the use of online therapeutic services like BetterHelp. In this article, information from the company’s website, reports by therapeutic blogs, and statements provided by an Oklahoma-based former BetterHelp clinician are explored. Here’s what to consider before contracting with BetterHelp.

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Apply Yourself: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting LPC Candidacy

 

Graduate school may be over, but there's still much to do to before recent grads can start practicing as a therapist in Oklahoma. So here's a helpful checklist for graduates to make sure they are on their way to candidacy. 

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Educated and Motivated: Preparing for Exams in LPC Candidacy

With a fresh grad school education and a lot of motivation, soon a new cohort of LPC candidates will be joining the mental health field in Oklahoma. Though they have just completed graduate training and are eager to practice, they are not quite finished with studying and testing. Before receiving approval for LPC candidacy, the Board of Behavioral Health requires all applicants to pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and the Oklahoma Legal and Ethical Responsibilities Examination (OLERE).

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Adult Supervision: What Candidates Should Consider When Choosing a Licensing Supervisor

As newly minted clinicians, recent graduates pursuing LPC candidacy are tasked with the responsibility of securing a licensing supervisor. Being that candidacy is an important opportunity for professional development, there are many important factors to take into consideration when choosing a supervisor, including: 

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Cursing Counselors, Heavy Workload, and Low Pay May Contribute to Staff Shortages at OBBHL

On August 26, 2021, the Oklahoma Counseling Association distributed the OCA Summer 2021 Newsletter. The newsletter contained an article by Johnie Fredman, PsyD, LPC entitled "Are you a Professional ??." Dr. Fredman serves as the Ethics Liaison for the Oklahoma Counseling Association and is a current board member of the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health Licensure.

In the article, Dr. Fredman reported that the OBBHL continues to be understaffed and that "I believe this now makes five total staff people (out of an office of four!) who have resigned in the past few months". 

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7 Things to Consider Before Joining TalkSpace

The increase in mental health related struggles in Americans throughout the pandemic has risen in tandem with the use of therapeutic online services, such as TalkSpace. With its growth in popularity, many clinicians may be asking themselves if TalkSpace is suitable for parttime or fulltime work. Drawing from information published on the company’s website, a recent article in the New York Times, and statements provided on the condition of anonymity by three Oklahoma-based former TalkSpace clinicians, here’s what to consider before contracting with TalkSpace.

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Changes at the OSBLSW Regarding Licensure Renewal

During a regularly scheduled meeting on July 23, 2021 of the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers, upcoming changes to licensure renewal was discussed.

The Executive Director, James Marks, discussed upcoming implementation of the online platform Thentia for licensure renewal.

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OBLADC Extends Virtual CEUs and Supervision

On July 19, 2021, during a regular meeting of the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors, the board voted to extend it's waiver of in-person continuing education and supervision requirements.

Citing continued concern over the COVID-19 virus and the Delta variant, the board decided to allow CEUs and LADC candidate supervision to be conducted online until June 30, 2022. 

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Preventing Burnout: What Therapists Can Do

With a 40% increase in anxiety and depression symptoms across the United States since the advent of the pandemic, it is well-known that the residual stressors brought about by COVID-19 have had a significant negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of many. Both professionally and personally, mental health clinicians also find themselves impacted by the pandemic. According to a report in Forbes, a pre-pandemic shortage of mental health therapists combined with an increased need for services has led to a heightened risk of burnout among clinicians. Burnout may lead to mental health problems, ethical lapses, and poor boundaries among practitioners. Thankfully, there are steps clinicians can take to reduce the effect of burnout.

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3 Big Challenges at the Oklahoma Board of Behavioral Health

As the renewal period for licensed professional counselors in Oklahoma draws nearer, many therapists have been reaching out to the licensing board for questions and concerns about the renewal process and may have found communication with the administrative staff to be less responsive than what is usual. A representative from the Oklahoma Counseling Institute attended the Board’s meeting on June 11th for more information and updates. According to Eric Ashmore, the Board of Behavioral Health has experienced a series of challenges over the past few months, including...

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Sooner Select Stalled by Oklahoma Supreme Court

For months, Oklahoma mental health care providers have been preparing for the implementation of the state’s planned managed care initiative, Sooner Select. Last week the proposed Medicaid system, which was set to take place starting October 1st of this year, was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court after a series of legal challenges. For now, it appears as though the enactment of the Sooner Select program is suspended.

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