Home Education A guide to graduate programs in counseling
Professional counselors in a variety of practice settings help to make a positive impact on people’s lives every day. The most effective counselors will learn what kind of specialty work they want to do and will obtain the training and experience necessary to best help the client population in that specialty area. Planning ahead can be very helpful, even as you first enter graduate school, and keeping an eye on what kind of training you’ll need for the kind of work you want to do will save you a lot of hassle and help you reach your goals more quickly.
In addition to seeking licensure and/or certifications post-graduation, you will also want to make sure you get involved in the counseling profession itself, beyond your everyday practice. The next chapter will introduce you to this idea and will discuss various ways to become engaged in the profession.
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