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The Professional Counselor - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
If you're intrigued by the idea of working in a profession where you could help people with their problems, let our professional instructors introduce you to the range of counselor roles and responsibilities. You can also find out what it takes to work in this field. This chapter is designed to teach you:
- Counselor education requirements and degree options
- Skills and abilities of an effective counselor
- Counseling specialties and employment settings
|Counseling as a Profession: Types of Counselors & Specialties||Introduces different terms used in counseling and addresses the differences between a counselor and a psychologist or psychiatrist. Provides an overview of nonprofessionals, paraprofessionals and professionals working in this field as well as the types of counselors and the specialties available to them. Lesson content also reviews the differences between various counseling-related degrees.|
|Personal Qualities of an Effective Counselor||Examines the positive and negative motivators for becoming a counselor. Discusses the necessary personal qualities, innate qualities and microskills of an effective counselor, including authenticity, empathy, tolerance of intimacy, insightfulness, flexibility, self-awareness and intellectual competence.|
|Education and Competencies of a Professional Counselor||Explains the necessity of professional counselor education and school accreditation. Discusses a counseling program's internship and curriculum requirements and elaborates on the importance of learning counseling theories and strategies as well as interviewing and assessment skills. Lesson content also explores continuing education options and the skills needed to avoid burnout.|
|Where Do Counselors Work? - Settings & Their Similarities & Differences||Compares and contrasts the roles of counselors working in such settings as community clinics, individual practices, advocacy organizations, long-term and short-term care facilities, prisons, group homes and schools.|
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.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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Other chapters within the Counseling 101: Fundamentals of Counseling course
- The History of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- The Counseling Process
- Theoretical Approaches in Counseling
- Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
- Human Growth and Development in Counseling
- School Counseling
- Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation Counseling
- Social and Cultural Elements of Counseling
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- Career Counseling
- Group Counseling