Addressing Issues and Challenges in Counseling
While you have only just begun your program, the readings in this unit have already provided you with perspectives about counseling as a field of study and practice. For your initial post in this discussion, consider what you have learned about counseling from the unit readings, especially the Kaplan and Gladding’s 2011 article, “A Vision for the Future of Counseling: The 20/20 Principles for Unifying and Strengthening the Profession,” and respond to the following questions:What issues do you imagine will be most challenging for you as a counselor-in-training? Why?How might online resources play a role in helping you address the challenges? Respond to this after reflecting on the work you did in this unit related to Internet resources.How did you decide on the specialization that you chose? What others did you consider, and why? Respond to this after considering the different specializations addressed both in the Counseling Masters Research Guide and in the variety of professional associations in the counseling field.How would you articulate at least two differences you have come to understand between counseling and social work and psychology, based on your review of Mellin, Hunt, and Nichols’s 2011 article, “Counselor Professional Identity: Findings and Implications for Counseling and Interprofessional Collaboration?” Why is it important to know the distinction?Response GuidelinesRead the initial posts of your follow learners, and identify at least one to respond to in detail. Compare the issues addressed by your peer to those that you chose. What concerns do you share? For which issues can you offer additional suggestions for your peer?