Ch 4: Professional Counseling

About This Chapter

The Professional Counseling chapter of this Guide to Becoming a Substance Abuse Counselor course is the simplest way to master the basics of professional counseling. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of professional counseling.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering professional counseling material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about professional counseling. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding professional counseling
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning substance abuse counseling (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about substance abuse counseling
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra counseling learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Professional Counseling chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Professional Counseling chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any professional counseling question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a professional counseling unit of a standard substance abuse counseling course. Topics covered include:

  • Types and specialties of counselors
  • Education requirements for professional counseling
  • Licensing and certification requirements
  • Counselor personal qualities
  • Work settings for counselors
  • Professional relationships in counseling
  • Intake and initial interviews
  • Types of tests and assessments in counseling
  • Functions of a counseling relationship
  • Termination of the counseling process

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: Professional Counseling
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Counseling as a Profession: Types of Counselors

1. Counseling as a Profession: Types of Counselors

Who is considered a counselor? What distinguishes various professional counselors from one another? Is there a difference between paraprofessionals and non-professionals? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this lesson on counseling.

Counseling as a Profession: Specialties

2. Counseling as a Profession: Specialties

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different types of counselors? Learn more about why specialties are necessary in the field of counseling.

Education and Competencies of a Professional Counselor

3. Education and Competencies of a Professional Counselor

Professional counselors must obtain a satisfactory education with experiences that prepare them to practice on their own. This lesson is an overview of the education, licensure, and continued competency of a typical counselor.

Counselor Licensing and Certification Requirements

4. Counselor Licensing and Certification Requirements

Have you wondered about licensure or certification as a counselor? Are you curious about the difference between them? In this lesson, we will be looking at licensure and certification, what the differences and similarities are, and the requirements.

Personal Qualities of an Effective Counselor

5. Personal Qualities of an Effective Counselor

This lesson will introduce the positive and negative motivators for becoming a counselor. We will also look at some of the characteristics of an effective counselor and some essential microskills counselors must possess.

Where do Counselors Work? - Settings & Their Similarities & Differences

6. Where do Counselors Work? - Settings & Their Similarities & Differences

What are some of the various settings in which counselors work? How are they similar to one another? What are some differences? Explore the answers to these questions in this lesson.

The Counselor's Relationship to Other Professionals

7. The Counselor's Relationship to Other Professionals

If you are a counselor, you probably understand that relating strongly to other professionals will benefit the work you do. This lesson discusses various dimensions of the relationship between counselors and other professionals.

The Counselor's Relationship to Other Agencies

8. The Counselor's Relationship to Other Agencies

If you work in the counseling field, you probably know that your relationships with other professionals and organizations can make a big difference for you and your clients. This lesson discusses the role of the counselor's relationships to other agencies.

The Counseling Intake Process & Initial Interview

9. The Counseling Intake Process & Initial Interview

We will look at the counseling intake process as a person who is entering in counseling. Each step will be explained by a process we are all familiar with: medical doctor's office visits.

Testing and Assessment in Counseling: Types & Uses

10. Testing and Assessment in Counseling: Types & Uses

Why do counselors test their clients? What kind of assessments are out there? This lesson looks into these and other issues of testing and assessment.

The Middle Stages: Working Within The Counseling Relationship

11. The Middle Stages: Working Within The Counseling Relationship

This lesson explores the process and issues concerned with the middle stages of counseling, which occurs between a counselor and the client. Ways to handle issues are also discussed.

Termination During the Counseling Process: Function, Timing & Related Issues

12. Termination During the Counseling Process: Function, Timing & Related Issues

The process of counseling must eventually come to an end. This lesson explores the ways a termination may occur as well as minor ways to mitigate issues.

Chapter Practice Exam
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