Ch 1: The Counseling Profession

About This Chapter

The Counseling Profession chapter of this Mental Health Study Guide course is the simplest way to master the counseling profession. 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 the counseling profession.

Who's It For?

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

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the counseling profession and its' requirements
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning counseling (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the counseling profession
  • 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 counseling profession 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 counseling profession chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any counseling profession 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 the counseling profession unit of a standard mental health counseling course. Topics covered include:

  • Types of counselors and specialties
  • Education and competencies
  • Licensing and certification
  • Useful traits for counselors
  • Work environments
  • Counselors' relationships with other professionals and agencies
  • The progression of mental health professions

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: The Counseling Profession
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Evolution of Mental Health Professions: Counseling, Therapy and Beyond

9. Evolution of Mental Health Professions: Counseling, Therapy and Beyond

There are many types of mental health professionals, but all of them have certain duties and legal responsibilities. In this lesson, we'll look at the most common careers in mental health, as well as how some of the legal duties of mental health professionals have evolved over time.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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