A Quick Note About CARE
In community mental health centers, there tends to be a strong sense of community, rich culture, support systems, and a strong mission statement. However, this is often at the expense of a lower salary. Conversely, private practices provide a high standard of living with great flexibility, but often leaves a sense of isolation.
Dr. Andrea Hutchinson and her co-owner John saw an opportunity to combine the positive attributes of the above dichotomy and provide a clinical environment that embraced both community, values, and a high standard of living. These values were at the core of the development of CARE Counseling in January of 2014 leading to CARE’s mission statement: build a community to strengthen the community.
CARE continues to work towards these attributes, and prides itself on providing employees a competitive salary, a congenial work environment, and the flexibility and freedom that is valuable to professionals who have other personal and professional goals. This is achieved through its focus on community, a work hard/play hard mentality, transparency, and accountability with team members. CARE is dedicated to providing a great professional experience for its clinicians so that in turn, the clinicians will provide a high-level standard of care to our community that is inherently sustainable.
CARE is honored to join this part in a clinician’s professional path and we realize how important a supportive community can be as one is emerging in the mental health profession.
The guiding mission at CARE Counseling is to build a community to strengthen the community. That is why CARE focuses on building a strong community of emerging clinicians to promote quality, affirming, and culturally responsive care to the communities we work with. The PILT community at CARE is actively involved in weekly training and supervision and our cohort of early clinicians. Learn more about this amazing CARE community below!
Now, What is a PILT!?
PILT is short hand for: Pre-Independently Licensed Therapist. Meaning, a clinician has completed their Masters in Counseling (or a related field) and is not yet independently licensed. Folks are in the process of gaining practical experience in mental health, additional supervision, and other requirements from their respective governing boards to be independently licensed Mental Health Professionals.
PILT role at CARE Counseling:
At CARE, we pride ourselves on education, training, inclusion and supervision. All of these are qualities that are central to the development of competent and ethical mental health providers.
Typically, it takes an unlicensed clinician around two+ years to fulfill governing board requirements for licensure and each license track has different expectations. At CARE, we invest significant resources in supporting our PILTs to fulfill the requirements necessary in two years. Meaning, when the two years is completed, a PILT will be able to apply for independent licensure. No need for additional hours, specialized supervision, or relational hours. CARE is able to work with the PILT to ensure that these are covered proactively. There are few things that are worse on the professional journey than spending years working towards licensure just to fall short and need to extend unlicensed experience.
At CARE, not only do we make sure requirements for licensure are completed, but we also have a training program specifically for our PILT community.
PILT Training Programming:
A key aspect with the CARE mission of building and strengthening community is supporting our clinicians in having access to quality, complimentary training. The PILT Training Program is focused on learning to be exceptional across a variety of modalities and interventions which are used to address diagnoses and symptoms that are most seen in outpatient mental health settings.
Rooted in a practitioner-scholar model, the PILT Training Program consists of 12 foundational topics related to outpatient therapy, providing in-depth learning to further one’s knowledge and competence. The first year of training folks are absorbing and learning the material, and the second year they are further understanding how to apply to clinical practice.
A main intention of the PILT Program is to advance the core competencies of clinicians, including communication skills, professionalism, diversity and inclusion, ethically minded practice, use of consultation, supervision, and integrating research. The training team is continually developing new content to ensure clinicians are prepared to provide the highest standard of care possible.
Expectations of a PILT:
Different Tracks of a PILT:
The CARE training and supervision teams are dedicated to supporting PILTs in achieving the below requirements within the two-year PILT program. Supervision with a board approved supervisor is provided by CARE.
Additional Perks to Working at CARE as a PILT:
Education and Experience
Masters Degree in behavioral science/related field (psychology, counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, education, etc.)
Must be in the process of working toward independent licensure and be in good standing with their respective licensing board.
Maintain an active, unrestricted clinical license as a mental health practitioner in the State of Minnesota (LPC, LGSW, LAMFT).
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* Due to the selective nature of our hiring process we spend a significant amount of time screening prospective team members so please set your expectations to allow for 2-3 weeks prior to an invitation to interview. We will carefully consider your application during this initial screening and contact you if you are selected to continue in the recruitment process. We wish you every success.