Professional counselors practice in a variety of settings:
- Mental Health Clinics
- Human/Social Service Agencies
- Educational Settings
- Private Practice
- Correctional Facilities
Professional counselors help clients explore their concerns and assist them in creating change. They work with clients to implement personal goals and/or advocate for system-wide changes. As professional helpers, counselors are respectful and responsive to clients and offer a safe place for people to share their experiences and to explore ways to cope.
Counselors are skilled in implementing therapeutic interventions designed to help clients challenged by a range of circumstances including: trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, unanticipated life events, interpersonal discord, social injustice, worksite disruption and career issues.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook offers more information on the profession of counseling, including a description of the types of work settings, job outlook, earnings, and required qualifications which covers information offered by the 2004-05 Edition. Additionally, the CACREP web site also provides helpful information. (Source: Lewis & Clark)