Key Philosophies and Professional Identity

1466 Words Mar 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Key Philosophies and Professional Identity: The Counseling Profession
Rachel A Johnston
COUN5004-205
Survey of Research in Human Development for Professional Counselors

108 Twin Lakes Road
Port Deposit, MD 21904
Telephone: 443-993-6817
Email: rachelannjohnston05@gmail.com
Instructor: Dr. Barbara Cooper
Abstract
When attempting to identify as a professional counselor, it is important to understand the basic elements of counseling as it pertains to individual specializations. The wellness model and the key philosophies of the counseling profession: wellness, resilience and prevention are examined. The ability to articulate the roles and characteristics to understand how they relate to the different professional roles is
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The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) is an organization of professionals who focus on addiction counseling. The NAADAC prides itself on four main roles: professional development, public engagement, professional services and to communicate its mission. The organization will aide in professional development by providing the most current education and training to ensure counselors are adopting the newest evidence based practices in their work (Tuohy, C., n.d. para. 2). NAADAC also provides mentorship and a career path, which are always essential for continued growth. While the NAADAC is directed towards addiction professionals; The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors. The ASCA also provides assistance in professional development as well as mentorship for its members. By providing annual conferences, webinars, specialist training to one-day workshops, the ASCA is committed to the professional development of its members (n.d. para 2). Both of these organizations provide publications that administer the latest knowledge regarding the organization and profession. Although a membership fee is required for both of these associations, the benefits make it well worth it.
Licensure
Obtaining a licensure will expand a counselor’s opportunities within their
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