For anyone considering a career in one of the many counseling professions but undecided on which one to pursue, this book will be an excellent resource. It provides insight and information into the different career opportunities available and suggestions and activities to assess one’s fit in one of these careers. These activities include exercises and self-tests to help readers explore their own personal characteristics and determine if they are on the right track to achieving their career goals. An overview of the different counseling positions available in several different types of practice settings – educational settings, private/independent practice, coaching and consulting, governmental and agency settings, and special settings/populations – give the reader a survey of the many possibilities available to a counseling professional. The author clearly explains the different types of licenses, certificates, and other professional counseling credentials which are necessary for specific positions and addresses the process of searching and applying for a job. Finally, the journeys of fourteen counseling professionals are presented, providing the career-seeker with a first-hand look at the process.
"Collison offers an updated and rich exploration of the abundant opportunities in counseling as well as related professions. His use of interviews creates interest and application for the hungry reader. I highly recommend this book for exploratory as well as career related survey classes." - Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, EdD, Professor and Chair, Counselor Education Department, University Nevada, Las Vegas
"What a wonderful book! Collison has provided an invaluable resource for potential counselors, beginning practitioners, and seasoned professionals. Anyone considering the field as well as current graduate students will find the framework for self-reflection and the breadth of information particularly helpful. Truly an excellent contribution to the field!" - Pam Paisley, EdD, Professor and Program Coordinator, Department of Counseling and Human Development Services, The University of Georgia
Finding Your Way. Is Counseling a Career for You? Counselor Characteristics. Preparation. Counseling in Education Settings. Counseling in Private or Independent Practice. Coaching and Consulting. Counseling in Governmental and Agency Settings. Counseling in Special Settings with Special Populations. Are There Jobs Out There? Your Application Process. Certification and Licensing. Profiles.