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COUN530. Intro the Counseling Profession

This course is an overview and examination of the counseling profession including sub-specializations of mental health counseling, addiction counseling and rehabilitation counseling. It is designed to assist the student in developing his/her professional identity as a counselor. The course will examine historical, philosophical, and social/political influences on contemporary counseling practices, as well as equip the student with an introduction to the practical aspects of a counseling practice (treatment planning, developing the helping relationship, collaboration/referral, etc.). An in-depth examination will be made into the organizations of professional counselors as well as their credentialing and licensing.