Online Class: Counseling Psychology 101
with CEU Certificate*
have taken this course
The course will focus on counselor's work as well as a counselor's typical day, provide understanding into how personal and professional ethics play a major role in the dynamics between counselor and client, and the challenges of various abnormal behaviors and mental disorders a professional counselor must face in helping people to live their own life rather than be lived by it.
This self-paced course incorporates a vast variety of areas that apply to many different environments and circumstances including addiction, marital problems, eating disorders, bereavement, educational and career counseling. You'll learn the top ten basic counseling skills to create a positive relationship between client and therapist and how these skills can help the client to make positive changes.
History and Current Trends in Counseling
If you are currently exploring the idea of becoming a counselor, good for you. The many myths about counseling are rooted in some outdated ideas. It is not a place where people visit aged men with beards who determine whether they are sane or insane. It is not a place where you recline on a sofa, babble about what is troubling you, and hear only uh huh from the person sitting in the chair. Counseling is a place to get support with indecision, stress, job opportunities, marital problems, learning disabilities, and the list goes on and on.
The history of counseling dates back to the early 20th century when Frank Parsons coined the term vocational guidance to describe a method for the selection of an occupation for Boston Public Schools.
The ravages of two world wars necessitated helping students and veterans with more than just choosing jobs. Clinical services were introduced while WWII was still in progress. It was not until the 1940s that Carl Roger's writings underscored the value of counseling students in schools.
The 1960s focused primarily on school counseling, dedicated to young children who had learning disabilities until it was made available for all students. Before the 1900s, most counseling was in the form of advice or information until Clifford Beers influenced the field of psychiatry and psychology by writing books related to his own mental illness.
By the 1990s, the American School Counseling Association recognized the need to change from reactive services to proactive and preventative programs.
Since then, the counseling professional interacts in institutional, community, business, and educational environments. Today, as a profession, counseling is characterized by codes of ethics, competency standards, accreditation guidelines, licenses, certification, and other standards of education. Nowadays, there seems to be a counselor to help a person with just about anything, from childbirth to setting up college and retirement funds.
Counseling is not only professional help for people with major problems or a crutch for people who are too weak to handle life. Counseling is many things to different people.
- A place where client and counselor team up to make positive changes in the client's dealings with life.
- A vehicle for people who decide to face their challenges directly.
- A way to maintain relationships by working on the difficulties that threaten them.
- Counseling helps people overcome grief, anger, confusion, and rejection.
The Nature of a Counselor's Work
Counselors assist people with family, personal, educational, mental health, and career problems. Depending on a counselor's occupational specialty, the nature of the work can vary.
The most standard definition of counselor as a therapist refers to professionally addressing the issues of those with emotional difficulties or mental health concerns. The role of counselor is to act as a guide, giving advice mostly in an academic way. Most therapists believe that the client should be the one who attains self-realization through guidance and personal choices. You might know the old saying about those who ask for advice and when given, the advice tends to be ignored. Therapists or counselors usually nudge the client to conclusions about any problems they may have. Once this occurs, suggestions may be made to help with certain issues.
Of course, there are exceptions to the rule and a counselor must urge the patient who is threatening to do harm to themselves or others to take a certain action. In most states, a counselor is empowered to report cases of abuse. These troubled clients are then referred to a counselor specifically trained in assisting in a particular area.
Other types of counselors are academic advisors or school counselors. For elementary and secondary schools, counselors are usually licensed therapists. College counselors function more as academic or career counselors, advising students on courses necessary to obtain a degree. School counselors at all levels help students to understand and deal with social, behavioral, and personal problems. The student is provided with the life skills needed to deal with problems before they worsen and then provided personal, social, and academic growth counseling.
Not all counselors are licensed as therapists. Ministers, priests, and rabbis have some training in psychology and may be licensed therapists as well; however, most states do not require licensing. Clergymen or clergywomen may do premarital counseling, individual counseling, or marriage counseling. In addition, they may advise individuals on spiritual matters and perform grief counseling.
If a counselor is licensed to practice in California and decides to move to Nevada, he or she may be required to be certified by the Nevada Board (possibly retake an exam or complete a certain number of credit hours). Being a counselor in any field is not a "slam dunk," but it can be a lasting and rewarding career.
Job Outlook and Growth Prospects
Counseling organizations also offer certification in certain counseling specialties. Having certification may enhance job prospects. Check with national associations or local and state governments for counseling associations within your particular state. Education and training prerequisites for counselors are often very detailed and vary by state and specialty.
Prospects for advancement vary by counseling fields. For example, if you were doing substance abuse counseling in a small clinic with only one director or manager, the chances for advancement are slim. School counselors can become directors, or supervisors of counseling, guidance, or pupil personnel services. With additional graduate education, school counselors can become counseling psychologists, counselor educators, or even school administrators.
Aside from working in educational fields, counselors work in a wide variety of private and public establishments, including healthcare facilities, job training, career development, social agencies, vocational rehabilitation, and correctional institutions; counselors work in residential care facilities such as halfway houses for criminal offenders and group homes for children, the elderly, and physically and mentally disabled. Some work in substance abuse centers such as The Betty Ford Clinic, assisting those undergoing treatment.
Many counselors are going the self-employed route by working in group practices or private practice. New laws allow counselors to be paid for their services by health insurance companies due to the growing recognition that counselors are well trained, effective professionals.
Growth prospects in the field of counseling are expected to be much faster than average. Attractive subfields are surfacing as well. The reasons for such positive growth are varied; counselors are a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists, there is an increased recognition that counselors are there to help, and it is much more common today for people to seek help for marriage and family problems than they did in the past.
Self-employed counselors who have well established practices, and counselors employed in group practices, usually have higher earnings.
- Completely Online
- 6 Months to Complete
- 24/7 Availability
- Start Anytime
- PC & Mac Compatible
- Android & iOS Friendly
- Accredited CEUs
Lesson 1. What is a Counselor?
- Lesson 1 Video
- Lesson discussions: Counseling Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
- Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
- Complete Assignment: An Introduction
- Assessment: Lesson 1 What is a Counselor
Lesson 2. Developing Basic Counseling Skills
- Lesson 2 Video
- Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
- Assessment: Lesson 2 Developing Basic Counseling Skills
Lesson 3. Are You a Candidate for a Counseling Career?
- Lesson 3 Video
- Lesson discussions: Counselor Characteristic
- Assessment: Lesson 3 Are You A Candidate For A Counseling Career?
Lesson 4. Counseling in Private Sector
- Lesson 4 Video
- Assessment: Lesson 4 Counseling In Private Sector
Lesson 5. Mastering Counseling Techniques
- Lesson 5 Video
- Assessment: Lesson 5 Mastering Counseling Techniques
Lesson 6. Legal and Ethical Issues
- Lesson 6 Video
- Assessment: Lesson 6 Legal and Ethical Issues
Lesson 7. Popular Counseling Specialties
- Lesson 7 Video
- Assessment: Lesson 7 Popular Counseling Specialties
Lesson 8. Counseling Arrangements
- Lesson 8 Video
- Assessment: Lesson 8 Counseling Arrangements
Lesson 9. Counselor Self Care Strategies
- Lesson 9 Video
- Assessment: Lesson 9 Counselor Self-Care Strategies
Lesson 10. The Social Worker
- Lesson 10 Video
- Assessment: Lesson 10 The Social Worker
Lesson 11. Counseling In Diverse Environments
- Lesson 11 Video
- Lesson discussions: Counseling Sites
- Assessment: Lesson 11 Counseling In Diverse Environments
Lesson 12. Business Aspects of Counseling
- Lesson 12 Video
- Assessment: Lesson 12 Business Aspects of Counseling
Lesson 13. Record Keeping and Ethical Guidelines
- Lesson 13 Video
- Assessment: Lesson 13 Record Keeping And Ethical Guidelines
Lesson 14. Counseling Based Communication Skills
- Lesson 14 Video
- Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
- Assessment: Lesson 14 Counseling Based Communication Skills
- Assessment: The Final Exam
- Define what a counselor is.
- Summarize the basic skills needed to be a successful counselor.
- Evaluate whether or not you could be a counselor.
- Describe career options for counseling in the private sector.
- Summarize the major counseling techniques.
- Describe the law and legal issues behind counseling.
- Summarize counselor self-care strategies.
- Summarize what counseling skills a social worker needs.
- Compare and contrast counseling techniques in diverse environments.
- Summarize ethical guidelines a counselor needs to follow.
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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- Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
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- "I found this course was really good and helpful. I found the lesson on ethics to be helpful as I didn't know some of this stuff before. I didn't know how closely related social work and counselling psychology is. It was interesting learning about that." -- Daniel D.
- "I have completed courses with this Instructor previously and would happily undertake his future courses." -- Mary M.
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