Postgraduate Academy

  • START YOUR CAREER
    CONTINUING EDUCATION
    CLINICAL SUPERVISION
    REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE
    INDEPENDENT LICENSURE

  • To Enroll Contact
    Katharine Spehar, HR Director


    901 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Suite G-250
    Albuquerque, NM 87104
    (505) 830-1871
    kspehar@swfamily.com

You’ve done the hard work of earning your degree—congratulations! Now it’s time to get your career moving forward and progressing toward the important milestone of becoming independently licensed. Many therapists take three years or even longer to make this happen. By enrolling in the Southwest Family Postgraduate Academy, you can do it in two, and get paid while you work. Our program provides all the CEU’s, supervision, clinical hours, and real world experience you need to become a world-class therapist, grounded in core fundamentals, best practices, advanced trainings, and a solid, resumé-building background.

What We Provide

  • Employment & Supervision
    • Full-Time or Part-Time Employment With Benefits
    • 1 Hour Individual Supervision Per Week\
    • 1 Hour Group Supervision Per Week
    • Dedicated Advisor To Guide You Through The Process
    • Assistance With Tracking Hours And Progress For Independent Licensure
  • Client Contact Hours Per Week
    • Full-Time 22+ hours
    • Full-Time (MST) 27+ hours
    • Part-Time 18+ hours
  • Examination Assistance
    • 3 Months Free Access To Test Preparation Website
    • Testing Study Groups
    • Assistance With Registering
    • Initial Testing Fees Paid By Agency
  • Optional Areas Of Focus
    • Family, Parenting, Couples
    • Young Child, Play Therapy
    • Critical Programs
    • Adolescents, At Risk Youth
    • Trauma-Informed Care
    • Positive Psychology/Education
    • Outreach & Advocacy

Continuing Education

10 courses required. Each course is 3 hours, totaling 30 hours provided free of charge. Additional courses will be offered on optional topics.

  • Professional Etiquette & Administration
    • Etiquette (Agency/Therapy Room)
    • Working with Stakeholders
    • Professional writing, phone, etc.
  • How To Effectively Use Supervision
  • Clinical Documentation
    • Intakes
    • Assessments
    • Progress Notes
    • Critical Incident Reports
  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Technology Use
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Cultural Competency
  • Working with Families & Systems
  • Professional Development
  • Critical Situations
    • Suicide
    • Crisis
    • Threat
    • Abuse & Neglect
    • Domestic Violence

Requirements For Independent Licensure

  • Supervision
    • LPCC 100 hours
    • LMFT 200 hours
    • LCSW 90 hours
  • Client Contact
    • LPCC 3,000 hours
    • LMFT 2,000 hours
    • LCSW 3,600 hours
  • Licensure Exam(s)
    • LPCC 2 examinations
    • LMFT 1 examination
    • LCSW 2 examinations
  • Continuing Education
    • LPCC 40 hours/2 years
    • LMFT 40 hours/2 years
    • LCSW 30 hours/2 years
  • Experience Required
    • LPCC 2 years
    • LMFT 2 years
    • LCSW 2 years