Counselor identity has developed over the past 50 years, from being a vocational and guidance-focused profession to being a respected and licensed professional path with a focus on psychotherapy. Counselors must explore their distinct identity from that of a social worker, psychiatrist, psychologist, or other therapist to better understand their limits and scope of practice.
Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
- Briefly describe what it means to be a counselor. How are counselors similar, yet different than other mental health professionals? Why have you chosen to be a counselor? What is the history and mission of the ACA and why is this important to know for your career?