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What can I do after graduating with a Masters Degree in Trauma Counseling.

I majored my undergraduate in Psychology and this year I will be graduating with a Masters Degree in Community and Trauma Counseling. I don't have a lot of experience in the field, only did one practicum that was required part of my degree. During my 2nd year, I will be starting a 600+ hour internship at in inpatient facility with teenagers. I would like to know what can I do now to prepare better after graduating, and what kind of opportunities can I start exploring after graduation?
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Tina and TWINOMUHWEZI give you a lot of good information to consider. Along with your internship working with teenagers, I would suggest you gain some experience working with children and adults in trauma therapy to see if other age groups are of interest or a passion of yours. Also, working in different settings such as private counseling, school counseling, or community counseling, will also help you to gain exposure and insight to where you fit best. This could be through less intensive internships, practicums, or volunteer work. The more exposure you have, and the insight this provides, will bring you closer to satisfaction in the work you will do. Marie Carter Brooks

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Pursuing a Master's in Community and Trauma Counseling has a lot of application across many fields and industries. As noted by TWINOMUHWEZI's answer dig into your interests and passions. Also, consider age and vocational groups that you would want to work with and seem to connect with like college age, teenagers, health care professionals, etc. And perhaps a specialization such as organizational counseling or executive coaching is an area to explore based on your interests. Various areas in management, business, government/military and education look for professionals with counseling skills and the understanding of mental and emotional health to develop and support the success of their employees and organization.

I'd recommend that while your in your internship you ask for a mentor from one of the full-time staff. This allows you to glean both experience while working and insights & directions from those supervising you.

Also, be willing to explore specific groups of people and opportunities that are outside your comfort zone to help you grow and gain a broad set of skills and experiences.

Good luck!

Thank you for your insight! Unal D.

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Perhaps the most exciting part about pursuing a master's in psychology is the chance to dig into the area of psychology that interests you most. Substance abuse, sports psychology, family/marriage counseling and social work are all fields in which master's in psychology students can choose to major, minor or double major.

Thank you for your insight! Unal D.