Checklist for PCSing with a license (Mental Health Profession)
You have (or may have) PCS orders and you wonder about job opportunities at your new duty station. How do you increase your chances of successfully PCSing with your license? Click here for the printable checklist.
Start with this checklist:
- Check your current license(s). Has it expired or is it up for renewal soon? Keeping your license up to date can facilitate re-licensure at your new duty station.
- Research the requirements of the licensing board at your new/potential duty station. You can find reciprocity agreements between states, and other licensure-transfer requirements here:
- Social Work
- Counseling (includes rehabilitation and addictions counseling)
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- School Counseling
- School Psychologist
- If you need additional courses, research local or online courses. Consider community college or other non-profit schools’ courses, which offer less expensive alternatives. Contact a certified career counselor with the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program for assistance in identifying and comparing options.
- Need additional clinical supervision? Connect with the Milspouse Network to determine if options for free supervision are available.
- Licensure via endorsement: your new state will recognize your license in good standing from another state. This is the ideal and a best practice.
- Temporary licensure: if you have an up-to-date license from another state you can begin work in a new state while completing any state-specific requirements you haven’t yet met.
- Expedited review: the state will accelerate the review of your license application.