The Identity of a Professional Counselor

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There are numerous factors that contribute to the development of a counselor’s professional identity. The identity of a professional counselor may present numerous differences based on the specialization of counseling, as well as, overall identity factors that remain the same across the entire counseling spectrum. The paper examines key philosophies of the counseling profession which include: wellness, resilience, and prevention and how these philosophies impact the counseling profession. Next it will discuss the characteristics of an effective professional counselor in two different professional roles and two professional counseling associations. Further, it will look at state licensure and certification requirements and professional development. Lastly, focus will be put on the rise of technology in the modern society and how it plays a role in the counseling profession. Multiple philosophies that have been developed in the counseling profession are based on wellness, resilience, and prevention. The root of wellness dates back 2,000 years, where Aristotle, was perhaps, the first person to write about wellness (Myers and Sweeney, 2008). Two wellness models, with enough empirical evidence to be reviewed, are The Wheel of Wellness: A Theoretical Model and The Indivisible Self: An Evidence-Based Model of Wellness. The original wellness models were based in the realm of physical health science and eventually was developed into a model based in counseling (Myers and Sweeney,
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