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Things to Consider When Becoming a Child Therapist in Indiana

Everyone in Indiana knows that child therapy is a very lucrative and secure field to go into these days. In today's tough economy, that's a very hard thing to come by, which is why more and more people are embarking on educational paths to work in the field. The truth of the matter is , however, that a vast amount of these hopefuls will not actually finish what they started out to do, and there are two reasons for that. The first is because many do not realize the sheer vastness of what they are taking on! An education in child therapy takes years of hard work and study, and an actual career in the field takes even more work and dedication. The second reason is simply because many people do not go into the job for the right reasons. They start on the career only because they think it will be an easy way to make a lot of money, and it is quite the opposite. While child therapists are paid well, their work isn't simple, and it's not hard to get burnt out if your heart isn't in the right place.

Therefore, looking at who you are and your own intentions is the most important thing to do before going down an educational and/or career path of any sort. With child therapy, you must be going into the field because your goal, first and foremost, is to help children to lead better lives and to become more productive adults in the future. Additionally, you must possess certain qualities in order to be good at what you do. The best child therapists are kind, good listeners, patient, nonjudgmental, ethical, hardworking and, perhaps most importantly, able to leave their work at work at the end of the day.

If you think you are going into child therapy for the right reasons, then your next step is simply to think about how committed you are to getting an education. Even the most entry level positions in the field require at least a bachelor's degree, which takes about four years of formal schooling. After that, there's a master's degree, which most professionals working successfully in the field have, and which can take an additional one to three years to earn. If you want to achieve licensure or certification, those generally take years of experience, and the highest level degree, a PhD, can take as many as seven years to earn. All total, you could possibly be looking at fourteen years of hard work and schooling to get to where you want to be! Obviously, this is not for everyone.

If, however, after reading all of this, you still are absolutely certain this is the job you want then you might just be cut out for it! Spend some time doing your research and looking at different careers and educations in the field in order to find the one that most closely matches your own career goals and abilities.