COUN6511: The Profession of Counseling

This course is an introduction to the profession of counseling, summarizing its history, the value of professional organizations, and professional referral agencies and resources. The class exposes the student to requirements and procedures for certification and licensure, as well as the importance of professional credentialing, standards, and ethics including technological considerations impacting current counseling practices. The course encourages students to reflect on personal/professional attributes, culture, and diversity issues that can impact the client. This class is a basic course in professionalism that must be taken during the first year in the program.