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    Hi all, this is pretty specific but I'm trying to get into dancing soon and am stuck on figuring out if my future goal of being an LCSW and a sex and relationship therapist will be affected. As far as I could gather from threads about other vanilla jobs requiring licensing, your tax records of any job from your past can come up in background checks and cost you a fine for "unprofessional conduct". Can I avoid this by just calling myself an independent artist/writer on my taxes? Or should I not even bother and just take out a huge loan for school???? I also have a vanilla day job that I plan to keep, so I shouldn't have any gaps in my resume to raise red flags... Basically has anyone gone on to be a therapist of any kind and bumped up against issues with licensure? Thanks a bunch!

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    Hopefully someone will give you an answer. Unfortunately I can't but you could always put freelance artist, freelance model, freelance consultant, or something along those lines when you file your taxes. I am a freelance model for tax purposes. You just plan on dancing part-time? I know this isn't exactly the same thing, but if it helps I do know a few people who danced while going to nursing school and one who did while attending law school. One of them still works part-time as a dancer, even though she's an RN with a well paying job at a hospital. She has had no issues. That being said, there's really no guarantee in anything. You can quietly moonlight as a dancer part-time, stack some cash, and exit once you land your dream job, granted that you hit no snags. I think the main concern would be if a relative, coworker, professor, or someone you knew came into the club, recognized you, and outed you. Good luck.
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    My mom was a dancer and has her masters in psychology-unfortunately intellectualzing recovery doesn’t work. She’s still very sick and toxic. Anyways, stay off paper and you will be fine. Also the field of study should is liberal and non-judgemental? But people’s willful ignorance and hatefulness doesn’t surprise me, better to be safe and keep it on the low low.

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    If you're seeing all the fear mongering threads by Melonie, please ignore them. She was generally a wealth of good info but on that topic it was rather skewed due to her personal experience... IIRC, she was arrested for not obeying local laws as a stripper WHILE she held a license. I'd venture to guess the trouble was more due to the breaking of the law than the 'being a stripper' thing. They can't retroactively fine you for something you did before you got the license either.

    I've had many years of stripper licenses in 2 jurisdictions and file taxes on the income (no, I don't write 'stripper', it's a generic occupation code that could mean a lot of things). I've been hired by the state, hired by a hospital, and gotten the highest level fingerprint clearance card you can get (the one needed to work with children).... I think it's safe to say that it's not been a problem
    I also work with a girl who's an RN and her doctor's office knows all about her side gig. No issues there.

    Background checks do not show your tax info. They *might* show employment info via your credit report if you ever list it to get a loan (and then it's fairly easy to have removed). The only way someone can get your tax return is if they get you to sign a form 4506-T. This is pretty damn rare with employment, I've only heard of it done to verify salary at a previous job (think going from one high up corporate job to another, etc., so the new company doesn't get 'scammed' into paying you 'too much').
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    Default Re: LCSW / Future Therapist Job Background Checks

    Though I’m not the OP, but thank you so much!! I actually want to go imto the same field as the op and become a sex & relationship therapist. But i was SUPER worried i would get denied my license if and once i finish school. I was really getting discouraged and been depressed & upset the last few days. Thinking my desire to pay my bills the only comfortable way i can ruined my future.

    To the op, juno.goddess I would love to send you a pm and ask you some questions about become a therapist.




    Quote Originally Posted by Selina M View Post
    If you're seeing all the fear mongering threads by Melonie, please ignore them. She was generally a wealth of good info but on that topic it was rather skewed due to her personal experience... IIRC, she was arrested for not obeying local laws as a stripper WHILE she held a license. I'd venture to guess the trouble was more due to the breaking of the law than the 'being a stripper' thing. They can't retroactively fine you for something you did before you got the license either.

    I've had many years of stripper licenses in 2 jurisdictions and file taxes on the income (no, I don't write 'stripper', it's a generic occupation code that could mean a lot of things). I've been hired by the state, hired by a hospital, and gotten the highest level fingerprint clearance card you can get (the one needed to work with children).... I think it's safe to say that it's not been a problem
    I also work with a girl who's an RN and her doctor's office knows all about her side gig. No issues there.

    Background checks do not show your tax info. They *might* show employment info via your credit report if you ever list it to get a loan (and then it's fairly easy to have removed). The only way someone can get your tax return is if they get you to sign a form 4506-T. This is pretty damn rare with employment, I've only heard of it done to verify salary at a previous job (think going from one high up corporate job to another, etc., so the new company doesn't get 'scammed' into paying you 'too much').

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