Ch 2: The Professional Counselor

About This Chapter

Watch counseling video lessons and learn where counselors work, what they do, how they're trained and more. Take quick quizzes to assess your understanding of the role of the professional counselor.

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

Video Objective
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.

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