1st Edition

The Reflective Counselor 45 Activities for Developing Your Professional Identity

By Michelle S. Hinkle, Meredith Drew Copyright 2020
    340 Pages
    by Routledge

    340 Pages
    by Routledge

    This practical workbook contains 45 experiential and creative activities intentionally created to facilitate counselor professional identity development.

    Each reflective activity is designed for students and supervisees to learn more about counselor professional identity, as well as integrate their knowledge of counseling skills and content with personal attributes and experiences. Individual and group process questions and group follow-up activities make this an ideal workbook to supplement classes or group supervision. Upon completion of the workbook, students and supervisees will have a journal of their process in the beginning stages of counselor professional identity development.

    With chapters focusing on areas including counselor wellness, self-growth, personal and professional values, multicultural awareness, research and assessment, and more, The Reflective Counselor is an essential resource for counseling graduate students, supervisees, and new professionals alike.

    1. Professional Identity as a Shared and Integrated Philosophy of Professional Counseling 2. Self-Exploration  3. Counselor Wellness  4. Ethics and Counseling  5. Multicultural Awareness  6. Theoretical Orientation  7. Personal and Professional Values  8. Building Community Through Credentials and Professional Organizations  9. Career Exploration  10. Research and Assessment  11. Self-Growth and the Future


    Michelle S. Hinkle, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Professional Counseling Program at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. She is a licensed professional counselor and approved clinical supervisor.

    Meredith Drew, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Professional Counseling Program at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. She is a licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor, certified school counselor, and approved clinical supervisor.

    "This unique experientially-focused workbook has fun and engaging reflective activities that are sure to be a help for counselors-in-training as they develop a deeper understanding of their aspirations, identity, role, and path in the counseling profession." – Mark D. Stauffer, Ph.D., core faculty, Walden University

    "This is a one of a kind resource for educators and students alike. Each chapter provides a solid literature review followed by creative interventions that facilitate a student’s journey to becoming a healer. The activities have clear instructions, templates, individual/group processing, and supervision reflection prompts. Each chapter helps programs and students achieve the CACREP Standards that encourage reflection and awareness of Self. I cannot wait to implement this resource in our program!"LoriAnn S. Stretch, LPC-S, NCC, ACS, BC-TMH, department chair, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

    "Resources adopted for use by graduate students new to the profession of counseling must be written in a way that captures the interest and encourages the development of the professional identity of the beginning counselor. This workbook, designed for use in practicum and internship seminars and placements, contains cutting-edge descriptions of reflective and creative activities specifically designed to provide a reflective space to connect knowledge of counseling content and skills to the personal attributes and experiences of the reader. I recommend this workbook without hesitation or reservation." – David Capuzzi, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, past president, American Counseling Association