Your counseling program internship is just the start of your application of knowledge and skills. This is an important experience that helps you figure out the type of counselor you want to be and the general counseling style and theory you will adopt, all with supervision and feedback to help you continue to develop your professional counselor identity. Just as there are common curricular experiences for all counselors regardless of specialty, so too are there core competencies expected of all counselors. Your counseling program will make sure that you are aware of these competencies upon your acceptance into the program. There are many ways that programs handle the communication, assessment, and endorsement of student competencies, so you’ll want to learn more about these concepts when you are weighing programs.

As you’ve reached the end of this chapter you should now be an expert on specialty areas within the counseling profession and ready to make a decision about what type of counselor you want to be. What’s that? Not quite an expert? No problem! Indeed, there is much more information you will want to consider before making any decisions about your future career as a counselor. So let’s keep going. The next chapter will provide you with important insights about some of the recent trends and current issues within the counseling profession that you should be aware of as you think about becoming a counselor. After that, we will jump right into Section II, which focuses on the real meat and potatoes of this guide: personal and practical considerations for exploring graduate programs in counseling.

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