A Rich Variety of Counseling Specialties

An exciting aspect of becoming a professional counselor is your ability, depending on specialized training, to work in a variety of settings from schools to private practice, and with different clientele, from individuals to families and entire organizations. There are specific CACREP training standards at the master’s degree level for addictions counseling, career counseling, clinical mental health counseling, clinical rehabilitation counseling, college counseling and student affairs, marriage, couple and family counseling, and school counseling. These specialty areas will be discussed further in the next chapter. Training typically takes 2 to 3 years for any of these specialty areas. Some counselors receive training and practice in more than one of these specialty areas. You also can earn a doctorate in counselor education. Students beginning a master’s degree program in counseling may be able to move from one specialty area to another because professional counselors are trained to be counselors first, based on common assumptions of practices, and specialists second.

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