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:
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.