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Resources & Referrals: What ALL Counselors need

Updated: Jul 4

Where do I send them? How did they find that? How was I suppose to know that? One of the questions I often get from individuals in general is where do I find this "insert referral source". For counselors, this is something that is typically asked of them or even wondered about from those they support. For clinicians, it is ALWAYS a good idea to have a list of referral sources available because you often work with individuals who require varying needs. One might ask, "where in the world do I find this?" Well, it all depends, and may require you to do just a little preparation. First consider this; what populations do you serve, what is the culture f the population(s) you serve? Are you focused on more affluent individuals or those who have fewer resources? Whatever the case, think through what would be most supportive to those you serve. For practitioners, in many instances it could be required that we refer, and we want to have referral sources ready. In fact, just because you start out with a client does not always mean they or you will continue to be a "good fit", so, having referral sources ready is key.

It is a great idea to have a running referral source list or guide of available services in your area. You don't have to start from scratch. Often times, your area, county, city, or state, has many guides already available that you can use as a starting point. Also, as you network, use your network to learn more or even refer too.

Referring doesn't have to be daunting. Get ahead of the game by doing a little research, and using your own resources to get you started.

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