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.

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    Preventing Compassion Fatigue

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    Besides a new site design and other cool features like professional interviews, videos, and informative articles, Masters In Counseling.org also serves counseling students and new counselors by bringing on Dr. Barb LoFrisco, a licensed counselor to blog for the site! Dr. LoFrisco holds a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, as well as a master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and certified sex therapist. Currently, she helps individuals and couples with anxiety, depression, relationship and sexual issues in her private practice in the Tampa, FL area. She is interested in social media, and one of her publications is an article in Career Development Quarterly on how university career centers are utilizing social media.

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