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1. Based on what I have said, and your experiences, how do you think people view and accept mental illness and treatment today? How is it similar to or different from historical views and treatments?

  • 2. What kinds of characteristics and attitudes do you think you might need to have in order to develop a therapeutic, helping relationship in counseling?
  • 3. How do you suppose national accreditation was helpful for the professionalization of counseling?
  • 4. What do you see as the main differences between professional counselors and other types of helping professionals?
  • 5. What are some specific areas of counseling that you might pursue given your thoughts about the future of the profession as well as your personal interests?


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