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A Day in the Life of a Child Therapist in South Carolina

When South Carolina residents are interested in pursuing careers in the field of child therapy, they tend to have quite a lot of questions. Many center around how to get involved in the field, what level of education is required, whether or not one actually needs to pursue certification and/or licensure, and the different jobs available in the field. One very important question, however, that a surprising number of people don't think to ask, is what they can expect their typical work day to be like! So many people get s caught up with wondering how to become child therapists or asking about the salary they'll likely bring home, that they don't really stop think whether or not they are actually cut out for the work they will be expected to do!

Describing a "typical" day in the life of a South Carolina child therapist is not an easy feat at all. The main reason for this is simply because the day to day life of a therapist will vary significantly depending upon the capacity in which that therapist works and his or her exact job title. In order to help provide you with some important answers, however, we've decided to take a look at the daily responsibilities of some of the most common types of child therapists currently working in the state. While this is most definitely not an all inclusive list, you will be able to figure out the basics of what you'll be expected to do as a professional in the field.

Clinical Child Therapists:

Clinical child therapists, working either in their own practices or in the practices of other qualified professionals in the field, make up the largest number of therapists in the state, and throughout most of the world as well. If you are a clinical child therapists, then you basically make up your own work schedule, as well as set your own rates. You decide how many clients you will see each day, how many days per week you will work, and whether you will charge per session or by the hour. It is your job to assess and diagnose your young clients when necessary and also to come up with a treatment plan or a plan of action that you will follow while working with them. Your work with the clients will consist of sessions, which may occur once a week or several times per week or less or more, in which you might utilize talk therapy, play therapy, art therapy, or more. You will have to assess whether or not your treatment plans is being realized successfully and to adjust it as needed. It is also your responsibility to refer patients to other professionals if you feel you are incapable of helping them or that they could be better aided by another professional. You must also report any suspected child abuse and/or neglect to the proper authorities under the mandates of state law.

School System Therapists:

As a school children's therapist, you might choose to work in the public school system as a whole, or you might simply work for one public school or one private school within the state. If you work for the school system, you will likely do so in a managerial capacity, overseeing the work done by other school system therapists. If you work in one particular school, then you will be called upon to pick out troubled or problem students and to help them to function better in school and in life in general. Students can also come to you of their own accord to talk about problems or issues they may be having. It is your job to help them and also, when necessary, to investigate and report allegations of child abuse or neglect.

Research Children's Therapists:

Working as a research children's therapist is something that is usually come to after years of working in some other, more hands on capacity. As a research therapist, you will create and/or undertake various studies to make new discoveries in the world of child therapy. You might publish these findings in academic journals, or even in your own book.