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Old 09-22-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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Is there anyone on the site that is a Full Time RVer and Licensed Mental Health professional? I retired from Army and just received my master's degree in counseling and plan to travel as well. I would love to meet those with similar desires.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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Howdy and welcome. I know there are several traveling nurses on the forum, so perhaps there are some therapists as well. It does seem to me that counseling would require you to remain in one spot for long periods of time since some individuals require therapy for months or years. How would that work?
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:47 PM   #3
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You're the one with the degree...so a question for your mobile lifestyle...could you take your sevices to the client, or is it better to have a neutral setting for talk treatment?

I had weekly sessions for my special ed child (he's 31 now) and would have LOVED IT if the MFCC had come to us.

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Hi Major, welcome to the forum. There should be a great demand for mobile counseling services. I'd base it out of Las Vegas and California. There's lots of people there who need counseling.
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:53 PM   #5
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Other than San Francisco, I would say Southern California.

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Old 09-22-2012, 07:23 PM   #6
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Not a mental health pro but I could not help but laugh when I say the subject line.

You see,,, I'm fond of saying many RVers have a few screws loose.

HOWEVER... They are not the kind you tighten professionally.. They are the kind you tighten with a screwdriver... But still.. Sure fits the topic .

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"HOWEVER... They are not the kind you tighten professionally.. They are the kind you tighten with a screwdriver... But still.. Sure fits the topic ."

Maybe and maybe not - We have met some strange RVers over the years.
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:47 AM   #9
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My favorite bumper sticker:

"Support Mental Health or I'll Kill You"

(seen in the 70's)
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R u sure that isn't a quote from Achmed the dead terorist?
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Counseling requires a longer-term commitment between patient and counselor (easily many months, and often years), so I'm not clear how that would work for you on the road. You might want to contact some hospitals and see if they offer temp counseling, or set yourself up in a more fixed travel area.
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For clarification, I am not planning to counsel on the road. I was interested in hearing from other Mental Health providers who to learn from their years of experience, since I am a novice. I plan to take six months off and attend conferences and training seminars before I settle down.
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I can't imagine that anyone on this site would need any mental health help!

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:03 AM   #14
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Is there anyone on the site that is a Full Time RVer and Licensed Mental Health professional? I retired from Army and just received my master's degree in counseling and plan to travel as well. I would love to meet those with similar desires.
Congrats on the retirement Major W. I know your question is geared towards other MHPs, but your background and desire to rv could conceivably become a perfect 2nd career move. (Would i be right to guess that a big part of your studies was related to PTSD or Military issues? ) It may just be my impression, but I get the idea that the 'per capita' number of veterans who are into RVing is a lot higher than other segments of the population. The pattern holds true for vet's who are drawn to jobs like trucking which have a similar lifestyle.

Being a traveling counselor might be tough because of state licensing requirements, but familiarity with the gypsy-like lifestyle and military background would be VERY beneficial if you were to work as a VA therapist. It's something to consider.

PS: I'm not a professional but ive had some education in the subject. Also served. (93 to 02 . 101st avn rgt pathfinder section.)
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