The Philosophy That Underlies The Counseling Profession

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The philosophy that underlies the counseling profession is unique among mental health professionals. According to Remley & Herlihy (2014), the philosophy is made up of four components. First, counselor 's view mental health challenges through a positive, wellness-oriented lens. The primary goal of the wellness model is for the client to achieve the highest degree of mental health possible. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers follow the medical model of mental health. The goal of these clinicians is to cure the client’s illness, which differs drastically from counselor’s view of clients. Second, counselors believe most mental health challenges are developmental in nature. Therefore, counselors must have an understanding of …show more content…
Lastly, in the counseling profession individuals are considered qualified to practice after the successful completion of a master’s degree program. Social workers and MFTs also need to obtain a master’s degree to practice. However, psychologists must acquire a doctorate; and psychiatrists require a medical degree and residency in psychiatry to earn professional status. There is an increasing desire for counselors to graduate from a counseling program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP standardized the training of master’s and doctoral level counselors to ensure consistency within the field of counseling. Even though counselors are considered professionals at the master’s level, one can advance their professional preparation in numerous ways. Counselors can earn a doctorate, obtain state licensure, state certification, and/or national certification (Remley & Herlihy, 2014). My professional identity will effect my work with clients in several ways. The client will have the knowledge to make an informed decision about entering into a therapeutic relationship. The client will understand the scope of services provided to consumers, my educational training, my philosophy as a counselor, and the how these differ from other mental health professionals. Also, the client will know I am affiliated with
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