Kathleen B. Shannon, MA, LCMHC, CRC has worked in the
rehabilitation and mental health industry as a licensed provider
for over 21 years, gaining experience in working with veterans and
others with PTSD, anxiety, and depression, as well as those in
As a seasoned rehabilitation and mental health counselor, she is
passionate about seeking out and working with your values,
strengths, and abilities to achieve your goals.
Outside of the office, Kathleen enjoys spending time with her
family, hiking, and exploring new ideas, and learning with
Why Therapists Are Getting Licensed In Multiple States
Even though Kathleen got her degree in Florida, she was on the
way to Washington State when she walked across and got the degree.
When Covid hit, that was another struggle for Kathleen and most
therapists. She works with many people who are either elderly or
college students; both of those populations had to go live with
family or weren't allowed to be around their families. So, Kathleen
decided to take the time to get her license in more than one state.
However, the state said she would need to go back to grad school.
So, Kathleen found the commonalities that you need in every single
state to be able to have licensure.
Getting A License In Every State Will Be Pricey
If you want to have a license in every state, you need to have a
lot of money because each state wants a lot of money. As long as
you have a lot of money, you can be licensed in every state. Plus,
you have to stay organized and make sure nothing expires. The first
thing you need to do is go ahead and take every single solitary
exam. That's the number one thing. From there, you can figure out
where you want to focus. Do you want to stay in a single time zone?
Do you want to have the luxury of actually offering decent times to
people in other time zones? So it's just something to consider but,
first, take both exams, whether you need them or not because
eventually, you will.
Kathleen Is Creating Courses For Multi-State Licensing
There will be two different courses; there's going to be a
course for graduate students who are looking for initial licensure.
For most states, it's either an associate or an intern. For these
people, the course will be about finding out what that state would
need to obtain licensure. Let's say you're in an online program in
Virginia, and you live in Georgia. So Kathleen wants to help you
find out what Georgia would need versus what Virginia would need.
The other course will be available to people who've been licensed
for more than five years on how to either transfer or obtain
additional licensure based on the endorsement. All in all, there
will be two different tracks: one for the freshly graduated and
going to get associate or intern licensure and then the one for
people who have been licensed for several years.
Why License Portability Is Critical During Covid
You need to be able to be there for your clients. License
portability is a huge problem for therapists and people struggling
with their mental health. With Covid, mental health has started to
come to the forefront of people's minds. Plus, there is less stigma
around people seeking help for mental health issues. It has forced
many states to be more consistent with licensure reciprocity.
People are also becoming much more transient because of Covid. They
are moving to different parts of the counties, leaving big cities,
and looking for lower living costs.