Professional Counseling Focuses on Development, Wellness and Prevention

814 Words Jan 26th, 2018 3 Pages
The desire of social work is to help the destitute. Psychology wants to understand the nature of a person. Psychiatry deals with medical interventions. Professional counseling which officially grew out of the vocational counseling movement of the twentieth century (Neukrug, 2014) tends to focus on development, prevention and wellness (Mellin, Hunt, & Nichols, 2011). It is this focus on development, prevention and wellness that brings challenge to the role and identity of the professional counselor at times, but also gives the professional counselor direction, especially in the area of specialization (Mellin, Hunt, & Nichols, 2011). Professional Counselors are clinical mental health counselors that have graduated from an accredited university with a degree in clinical mental health counseling or a similar degree in counseling. The Master’s level degree at Liberty University for the professional counselor is a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. The degree is maintained by accreditation requirements and most schools offering degrees in professional counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The degree is moving toward a 60-hour requirement (some still have a 48 hour requirement) and the graduate student has the opportunity to join various professional organizations in order to help with professional…