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The Counseling Center

Increasing Workforce Capacity in Behavioral Health

OU Chillicothe Social Work Intern, Lesley Scaggs, CDCA

Credentialing is the process of verifying the qualification and backgrounds of professionals or organizations. 

I always knew that I wanted to help people – I just wasn’t sure how, but following a series of life events I realized I wanted to help folks who like me suffered from a substance use disorder. 

I was fortunate enough to have some pretty cool individuals pave the path of social work for me. They were living examples of how to get involved in the field. They were individuals in recovery. They were educated. They were employed.  

Going back to college was a big deal for me. At the time, I had not been involved in education since graduating from high school in 2006 – but the advantages far outweighed any fears or drawbacks. I decided to continue my education and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Once I complete that program, I can then go on to get credentialed as a Licensed Social Worker. 

While going back to school to get involved in the behavioral health treatment world is something I dream of, it also sets an example for others in and around my life. It allows me to secure a future for myself and my children. I am a positive family role model. On a daily basis, I demonstrate education as a priority for my children… And not that’s it all about the money, but I’d definitely have a better opportunity to make some more.

Social work is not only something I am personally attracted to, but look forward to developing a long-term professional career. 

Below is a list of 8 Reasons Why You Should Continue Your Education & Get Credentialed from The Counseling Center: 

  • You are more qualified

Although not all jobs require a degree, employers are looking for the most qualified candidate, so be that person. 

  • Make more money

On average, over a lifetime of earnings, college graduates earn almost a million dollars more than their high school counterparts. If credentialed you will double your salary over the course of only 10 years. 

  • Demonstrate success

Today’s jobs are more sophisticated and employers are expecting more with respect to skill, complexity, and specialization. 

  • Gain a competitive edge

As more people continue their education, the competition for high-paying, stable jobs will increase. Experience combined with education and credentialing demonstrates to employers your motivation and drive to succeed. 

  • Secure your future

People with higher levels of education tend to have better job security-and any credential you earn stays with you for life. 

  • A better lifestyle 

If a job ceiling is holding you back, a degree will help you push through and separate you from the status quo. 

  • Gain confidence

College-level experience provides exposure to a variety of topics through leaders who will help you expand your horizons. 

  • Improve you discipline 

Those with higher levels of education are more focused and get things done. That is just what employers are looking for. 

In short, getting credentialed and licensed in the field allows individuals the opportunity to earn more money, get hired more easily and stay current on things that affect their position.

If you are interested in a career with TCC, or behavioral health care generally, please contact our Recruiting and Retention Specialist Jen Vulgamore at [email protected].

The Counseling Center is the region’s leader in behavioral healthcare. Our licensed behavioral and primary healthcare providers employ advanced treatments to help our patients achieve long-term mental and physical health goals. We are leading the way in shaping positive outcomes for mental health, substance use disorder, physical health, and recovery housing.

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