LPC interns only, due to the nature of my practice I am unable to offer any positions for practicum students. I also do not allow students to sit in on the groups. Please scroll down re: intern availability.
Looking for an ethical, experienced, well-rounded supervisor who will prepare you for the counseling world?
A. Consider choosing Lori Vann, M.A., LPC-Supervisor
1) Over a decade and a half worth of counseling experience in a variety of settings and fifteen years of experience as a professional speaker
2) Supervised LPC Interns since 2003
3) Whenever possible, I perform site visits where the internship is taking place.
4) When possible, I review the intern’s case notes to improve documentation and to monitor ethical compliance.
5) I am dedicated to providing the intern with real-world counseling advice on topics such as, dealing with subpoenas, possible ethical & legal issues that may arise in practice, issues to consider when practicing in inpatient settings, private practice, and non-profits, how to do a thorough initial evaluation, giving a diagnosis & adapting to the new ICD-10 codes, how to become an insurance provider once you are licensed, possible implications of the Health Care Act, how to fill out insurance paperwork when you are fully licensed, and how to network and advertise yourself as a counselor.
6) I counsel and supervise from an educational perspective while using a variety of theories, including cognitive-behavioral and family systems. I see supervision as a collaborative effort and that interns are treated as equals.
7) If desired, supervision includes counseling perspectives from a Christian viewpoint.
8) My one low monthly supervision fee includes weekly sessions, handouts, networking opportunities, and group supervision, when feasible. There is no fee for the initial meeting with me and the Intern does not start to pay the supervision fee until the Intern has received his/her license. Private Practice Training: whether onsite or offsite, Interns will learn about the pros/cons of private practice, forms that I use, how to get on insurance panels, marketing strategies, legal considerations, and more! DIRECT HOURS: Interns can assist with the self-injury groups and earn up to 2 hours of direct client contact hours per month. When appropriate, I also refer clients to interns.
9) Interns will be informed of Ms. Vann’s presentations throughout the Metroplex and, in most cases, will be able to attend them at no cost & obtain hours. Interns will have the option of putting together their own seminar, camp, or group under the direction of Ms. Vann.
10) I will prepare my interns to be ethical, well-informed, well-rounded counselors who are better able to protect themselves against potential lawsuits.
B. What I am looking for in a LPC intern
1) An ethical and moral foundation, and will read & follow all LPC Rules
2) Accepts responsibility, is respectful of the supervisor-supervisee relationship, is organized, exhibits commitment to time management, & follows through with recommendations, referrals, and chart corrections.
3) A willing-to-learn attitude and willing to ask questions
4) A dedication to the counseling profession and a desire for professional growth
5) Someone who is willing to commit to at least 6 months of supervision
6) An intern who does not want to just settle for an easy supervisor who just signs off on their hours, but is dedicated to being the best counselor that they can be and is willing to be challenged in order to become the best. Someone that understands that not all supervision experiences are created equally and that just because something is free does not necessarily mean that the experience will help you reach your full potential.
7) An intern who wants to be well-rounded and able to practice in a variety of settings once they are licensed.
C. Location for supervision
Carrollton, Texas 75010
D. Steps to Becoming a LPC Intern in the State of Texas
1) Masters degree in counseling or psychology and the potential intern has checked with the LPC Board’s list of required classes to verify that he/she has already taken the required classes. Do not assume that you have taken all of the required classes, you need to check the LPC Board’s list of acceptable & required classes. This is the most common mistake that interns make when applying for licensure and the reason why many intern licenses are delayed or denied.
2) Successful completion of the Natl. Counselor Exam (NCE) and the Texas Jurisprudence Exam (go to LPC Board website and you can take it online).
3) An interview with the potential supervisor and a contract setting out the terms of supervision will be completed.
4) Documentation is prepared and sent to Austin for the issuance of a temporary LPC-Intern license. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for the State to process the Intern’s application.
E. Two Options for Supervision are available (while spots last):
As of April 2017, I have 2 OFFSITE spots open. There is 1 ONSITE spot is currently available; a minimum of a 1 year commitment is required for onsite.
1) Have me as an offsite supervisor–ask me about the numerous benefits of off-site supervision and the many lessons learned from other interns who had unfortunate experiences with onsite supervisors at hospitals, non-profits, and the private sector. I charge less than many other supervisors and do not require you to do research for me or spend a minimum number of hours doing my office work. Remember that just because you can get free supervision somewhere does not always mean that it is quality supervision that will make you the best intern that you can potentially become during internship.
2) I have an office for just 2 LPC interns to use to see clients. You would be on a contract basis and not an employee of mine. I would be your supervisor, we would meet weekly for individual supervision and at least every 5 weeks for group supervision. Like other counseling offices, interns will have to bring in a minimum amount of money in order to cover your supervision and the room cost before you would then start to earn a majority percentage of your client fees. Reimbursement is based upon a tiered incentive plan with reimbursement rates up to 70%. I will help you with marketing, networking, and referrals, but interns are responsible for these things, too.
I was recently told that some supervisors are charging upwards of $100 per supervision visit or even $500 a month! My rate is a flat monthly fee that includes group supervision at no extra cost and is significantly less than many supervisors. Some interns earn up to 6 hours of supervision in a single month! Interns can also attend seminars that I host and many speaking engagements for free. They may earn direct hours by leading my self-injury support groups and reduce their monthly supervision fee by assisting me with various office tasks that develop. Unlike some supervisors, I do not expect you to do reserach for me. I encourage interns to develop either a group, seminar, or a camp, with my assistance, before they finish their LPC Internship so that they can have that valuable experience of knowing how to put a project together from start to finish. I will also help the interns with the development and marketing of this project.
-Supervision from a National Mental Health Media Consultant for Radio, Television, and Print media that is well-known in the local counseling world with connections all over the Metroplex
–Up to 6 hours of supervision per month (intern comes to group and the month has 5 weeks in it)
-Training to be a well-rounded, professional, ethical counselor who also understands the business side of the counseling world
-Attendance to Ms. Vann’s seminars and referrals from Ms. Vann
-Access to Ms. Vann’s thoroughly crafted counseling forms & handouts
-Access to a well-rounded supervisor who has worked in a variety of settings from non-prof to inpatient and is recognized throughout the DFW area for her high standards of practice, connections, & knowledge base.
-Ability to gain experience and hours by assisting with Ms. Vann’s unique self-injury support groups and her professional trainings.
–Introductions to numerous networking groups and professionals
-Ability to be supervised at more than one location
All of this for only $250 a month.
Remember that free supervision is not always the best route; you get what you pay for and do you want to cut corners on being a prepared counselor that stays out of the Board’s Compliance Committee? Do you pick the cheapest doctor or do you pick the one who is experienced in the area that you need help with? I have had several interns transfer to me from their ‘free, onsite’ provided supervisors because they were not receiving the level of training needed to prepare them for professional life post-internship.