References are an important part of the hiring process. Often, they're the last checkpoint you need to pass before receiving an offer.
Your references should be people who have seen you in a professional setting. They should not be friends or family, but people who can speak to your experience as a therapist. They should know you well enough to be able to speak on your behalf.
If you're fairly new to the field, clinical instructors and professors can be great references. Typically employers like to contact 2-3 references, but it's a good idea to have a few people on standby.
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