MILWAUKEE (2/12/2010) - Sharon Bessinger, therapist, is Children's Service Society of Wisconsin's first graduate of the Therapist in Training program. The program provides master's-level graduates of social work, counseling or marriage and family therapy programs the opportunity to complete 3,000 hours of supervised practice, which is necessary to receive state licensure. The program helps increase the number of providers available to care for children and families. Insurance companies do not reimburse therapists while they are accruing their supervised hours, so it often is difficult for new graduates to obtain the supervision necessary for licensure.
Bessinger recently received her Licensed Professional Counselor certification. She works in the Eau Claire office of Children's Service Society where she completed her training. She has been trained in play therapy and works with families and children.
"I'm very excited to be the first to complete the Therapist in Training program, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to complete my licensure hours. I have been fascinated by human behavior since I was ten years old, and becoming a child and family therapist is like a dream come true! I look forward to my continued work at Children's Service Society," said Bessinger.
Children's Service Society's program is unique in that it pays a stipend to trainees. In addition to building the next generation of therapists, the program offers an incentive to graduates who continue their employment with Children's Service Society after receiving their licensure.