|A Description Of
Mentor Research Institute
Revised: May 21, 2014
Psychotherapists who are licensed by the state
of Oregon have completed a professional training program, undergone a period of supervised
experience, and passed a formal examination in a specific profession. Licensed therapists
from all professional backgrounds may use a variety of techniques and have a variety of
theoretical approaches. The minimum requirements for licensure in each profession are
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers [LCSW]
must complete a two-year masters degree in social work [MSW], and two years of supervised
post-degree clinical training, and pass a state licensing examination. LCSW have training
in working with larger social systems and in understanding persons in the contexts of
those larger social systems.
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT]
must complete at least a two-year masters degree and two years of supervised
post-degree experience, and pass a marriage and family therapist examination. LMFTs work
with individuals, couples, and families to resolve the relationship problems that often
bring pain and confusion to peoples lives.
- Licensed Professional Counselors [LPC]
must complete at least a two-year masters degree (MA/ MS) in counseling,
psychology or a related field, three years of full-time supervised
experience and pass a comprehensive national board examination.
The LPC works in a therapeutic relationship helping individuals,
couples, families and groups toward increased effectiveness in their
personal, social, educational, rehabilitation and career domains.
- Licensed Psychologists must complete a
doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD, or EdD), a clinical internship, and a two year supervised
residency. They must also pass state licensing examinations both written and oral.
Psychologists have special training in psychological evaluation and testing.
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners
(PMHNP) must complete a bachelors degree in nursing and masters degree (MSN) in a
psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. Psychiatric Nurse
practitioners must pass a state licensing examination. Psychiatric nurse
practitioners have basic training in common biomedical aspects of emotional and mental
illness. Some obtain training in psychotherapy.
- Psychiatrists [MDs] must complete four
years of medical school, a year of medical internship and then three years of psychiatric
residency. Child psychiatrists must have an additional two years of training in their
specialty. All must take a national examination to become Board-Certified in Psychiatry
and Neurology. Psychiatrists are especially trained in biomedical aspects of emotional
problems and mental illness. Some have training psychotherapy.