How to Become a Competent Beginning CounselorAndrea SanchezUniversity of Houston - Clear Lake
DEVELOP A PERSONAL THEORY “Developing a personal theory of counseling is an essential part of the training and development of counselors and provides the basis for informed and effective counseling practice” (Spruill & Benshoff, 2000).Spruill, D. A., & Benshoff, J. M. (2000). Helping Beginning Counselors Develop a Personal Theory of Counseling. Counselor Education and Supervision, 40(1), 70-80.
DEVELOP A PERSONAL THEORYThis process begins during graduatetraining and continues on throughoutone’s professional career.Even though beginning counselors may belicensed to practice, they are still, in manyways, evolving.
SEEK A SUPERVISOR “. . . from within the counseling profession, from those who have educational backgrounds, clinical training, and experiences that will help extend and deepen the focus rather than alter the course of the developing counselor” (Pehrsson & Ingram, 2001).Pehrsson, D. E., & Ingram, M. A. (2001). Supervision: A guide for beginning counselors. Professional Issues in Counseling On‐Line Journal. Retrieved from http://www.shsu.edu/~piic/summer2001/pehrssoningram.htm
SEEK A SUPERVISORSeek asupervisor withsimilartheoreticalapproach.
SEEK A SUPERVISORNothing will help a beginningcounselor grow more than to have anexpert telling you how you canimprove in your methods and,consequently, grow as a counselor.
WORK WITH DIVERSE POPULATIONS “The need for multiculturalism in the counseling profession is urgent and necessary for ethical practice, an integral part of our professional work” (Sue, Arredondo, & McDavis, 1992).Sue, D.W., Arredondo, P., & McDavis, R. J., (1992). Multicultural counseling competencies and standards: A call to the profession. Journal of Counseling and Development, 70, 477-486.
WORK WITH DIVERSE POPULATIONSIt is important for abeginning counselorto have the mindsetthat anyone can comein for a session and tofeel prepared to workwith these diversepopulations.