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What should a therapist have on their resume?

List of requirements? Skill level? Any extracurricular activities im supposed to have or that'll look good on my resume?

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Anne’s Answer

So on mine I have a list of skills that are applicable to me as a marketable person but also therapeutically. I have set trainings and certifications of the models I use or am certified in, which populations I work with, which types of therapies I use, and anything that sets me apart. What makes YOU unique

(These are mine specifically as an example, I am certified and trained in CBT, DBT, EMDR, TF-CBT, A-CRA. The populations I work with are adolescents, early childhood, college age, substance use, geriatrics, and LGBTQIA+. I also did article writing, party planning, improv training and have conflict resolution training.)

I have my honors organizations and professional organizations from college that I am a member in. ( For me: Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Gamma Mu, Omicron Delta Kappa, & Phi Alpha Honor Societies, NASW, APT)

I have my internships and what I learned at each (For me: substance use clinic, senior living facility, outpatient therapy depart.)

And I have the volunteer work I do. (I mentored kids with learning disabilities, was in student gov, student ambassador, social work club, volunteering with my local food pantry, and I currently work on my agency's diversity and inclusion board.)

Yes put down what makes you marketable but also put down the special stuff that makes you unique! I get more questions about my improv training during interviews than I do about the models I'm trained in!

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Noah’s Answer

Education and experience are the two big ones. Assuming you already know how to construct a basic resume, here's a few more tips more specific to therapists. You should list the psychotherapy and counseling techniques which you are trained or knowledgeable in - cbt, dbt, etc. (certification is a plus). You should also list which kind of clients you specialize in (e.g. bpd, bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, etc.). Listing extracurricular activities that require social interaction or advice-giving could be good as well.
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