An Awareness Of Counseling And Related Educational Programs

Decent Essays
Research suggests that as of 2012, over one million individuals are living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the United States (Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2015). Additionally, these individuals are more likely to experience psychosocial issues such as social stigma and mental health concerns (Barua, Sharma, & Basilio, 2013). This supports the notion that most counselors will counsel someone that has a seropositive status (Rose, Sullivan, Hairston, Laux, & Pawelczak, 2015; Owen-Pugh & Baines, 2014). With this in mind, counselors need an awareness of the unique counseling concerns that may arise when working with people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
Counselor education programs (CEPs) prepare students to serve as competent clinicians who are capable of working with different populations (e.g., substance abuse or mental health) in an array of clinical settings (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs [CACREP], 2015). Many CEPs begin with focus on knowledge-based material and offer relevant course work to address identified areas of competencies such as ethics and multicultural sensitivity. CEPs then integrate the skills based component that has an emphasis on providing supervised practicum/internship experiences (CACREP, 2015). During practicum and internship, counselors-in-training, referred to here as supervisees, start the process of linking knowledge to skills by working clients with real clinical concerns.
Get Access