Requirements for Remote Mental Health Workers (LCSWs & LMFTs) in Illinois
Once you earn your license as an LCSW or LMFT in Illinois, you can decide which type of position suits you best whether you live in Chicago, Springfield, Peoria, or anywhere else in the state.
If you want to become a remote LCSW or remote LMFT, there are plenty of full-time and part-time virtual work opportunities available in Illinois.
Here’s what you should know before applying for roles as a remote mental health therapist:
Work-from-home therapist: As a remote therapist, you will conduct virtual sessions with clients using a website, telephone, mobile application, or other virtual media. All therapists (remote or on-site) can only treat clients in the state in which they are licensed, so a LCSW or LMFT licensed in Illinois must only accept clients from that state.
Skills of successful remote therapists: All therapists need excellent communication skills, but especially those who work remotely. In fact, many therapists hone their skills by working with clients in person before they move to teletherapy. Therapists who work remotely must also learn how to properly use digital therapy tools and testing materials.
Necessary documentation: When applying for remote jobs, be sure to update your resume and provide appropriate documentation showing your education and credentials.
Additional training: Telemedicine companies often provide training to educate clinicians on how to use relevant technology and platforms for virtual mental health therapy. This may also include best practices for good webside manner.
Companies hiring remote LCSWs and LMFTs in Illinois often post open positions on job posting sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn, so this is a great place to start looking for virtual therapy work opportunities.