Essential Websites and Links for Counseling

Below is a collection of websites and links that are essential for any beginning counselor:

Websites

As you proceed in your education, you should begin to develop a professional identity. In fact, many university programs will require that you join at least one professional organization. You’ll also have to follow the licensing laws in your state once you graduate, and you may even want to consider an extra certification. Towards that aim, below please find a compilation of professional organizations, certification boards and licensure information for you to explore:

  • Professional Membership Organizations
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
    American Counseling Association (ACA)
    American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

  • National Certification Organizations
  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

  • Accreditation of Graduate Educational Programs
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

  • State Licensure for Mental Health Counselors
  • The American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB)
    List of State Licensing Boards for Counselors

    Professional Development and Support for Counselors

    The rate of burn-out for counselors is very, very high. As part of developing your professional identity you should start to integrate good self-care into your clinical practice. Because counselors are natural helpers, we risk going a bit too far in helping our clients. Thus, a major part of good self-care is to be aware clinically when you are working too hard in the counseling process.

    Overcome the Need to Fix

    Developing Detachment

    Establishing Healthy Boundaries

    Preventing Compassion Fatigue

    About

    Dr. Barbara LoFrisco is a licensed mental health counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist in private practice in Tampa, FL. Her doctorate is in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of South Florida, where she also is an Visiting Instructor. She is passionate about educating and nurturing counseling students and new counselors. At Masters In Counseling.org, Barbara writes about counseling education as well as career and study advice. The blog aims to serve both counseling students and early career counselors.