In other words, counselor skill training may cause some counselors-in-training to become more sensitive to the social appropriateness of their counseling behaviors and effects of their presentation style on the counseling relationship. (Judith Crews, et al., 2005)
Functional Transferable Skills
Transferable skills are the skills you have learned by working with information, people, and things. These skills are very versatile and can be used in a variety of jobs and occupations.
Transferable skills are acquired through experience, can be understood using a more universal language, and function across jobs and fields.
Opportunities for counseling skills to be transferred are almost too numerous to list them all.
We'll get into specifics but just a few of the fields that utilize the many skills professional counselors have are: Education, Mental Health, Non-Profit, Law, Government, Health Care, Business, and the ever-present and popular entrepreneurial arena of starting your own business.
One thing not to do is confuse a counselor's transferable skills with the traits and characteristics we discussed before. They're different! Your traits are the style with which you do your transferable skills. Things like "has lots of energy," "gives attention to details," "shows determination," etc. are all traits, not skills. If one of your transferable skills is counseling and you do it twelve hours a day with no let up and enjoy all of it, then "has lots of energy" is the style with which you do that skill. (Bolles, 2009)
So, what are some of the transferable skills a counselor can bring to the table? (Gruen, Tramontozzi, & Schack, n.d.)
Counseling & Psychology
Testing & Assessment
And where could those skills be applied? As an example, let's say a counselor wants to move into the Healthcare industry. What jobs could he or she find with those transferable skills?
Mental Health Worker
Recreational Therapy to name just a few
Gruen, Tramontozzi, & Schack, n.d.)
Overall employment of counselors is expected to "grow faster than normal" through 2012, especially for: School counselors, vocational/career counselors, substance abuse counselors, marriage and family therapists and rehabilitation counselors.
Median Annual Earnings (2002):
School & vocations: $44,100
Colleges & Universities: $37,000
Individual/Family Services: $26,910
Mental Health Counselors: $29,940
Rehabilitation Counselors: $25,840
And, with additional education, the following career fields are open as well for counselors:
Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Art Therapy, School Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatry
Gruen, Tramontozzi, & Schack, n.d.)
Instead of taking up more space here, I refer you to two good sources for information:
What Color Is Your Parachute? A book by Richard Bolles www.fordham.edu/cpp/gse/guidance_expoand click on the power point presentation.
Professional Duties in a Postgraduate Counseling Setting
Depending on what area of counseling a graduate seeks, the duties may vary somewhat.
The difference between a mental health counselor and a professional student guidance counselor at a university or high school would vary. However, if we take the case of the professional clinical counselor, we can focus in on the duties. (Degree Directory.com, n.d.)
Licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs) help clients with daily issues, such as relationships, education and career decisions and general mental health.
A licensed professional clinical counselor's primary purpose is to utilize talk therapy and apply clinical techniques and strategies to evaluate, counsel, and guide individuals. They help their patients to achieve personal wellness, career development, mental well-being and better relationships and to overcome substance abuse. A clinical counselor works with other staff to develop and plan services that assist patients and families, educating them about challenges that impact the patients' care. Licensed professional clinical counselors aren't psychiatrists and thus do not counsel patients with serious mental health disorders, particularly if medication is required. (Degree Directory.com, n.d.)
Career Outlook for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors
In 2006, there were approximately 635,000 people employed as licensed professional clinical counselors. The Bureau of Labor Statistics career outlook for clinical counselors, given at www.bls.gov, is very promising; a 21% expansion is expected between 2006 and 2016. According to Payscale.com, the median annual salary for a licensed professional clinical counselor, as of October 30, 2008, ranged from $36,999 for mental health counselors to $50,000 for a mental health program manager. Substance abuse counselors earned a median salary of $42,500 (www.payscale.com).(Degree Directory.com, n.d.)
Judith Crews, Michael R. Smith, Marlowe H. Smaby, Cleborne D. Maddux, Edil Torres-Rivera,
John a. Casey, Steve Urbani. (2005). Self-Monitoring and Counseling Skills-Based vs. Interpersonal Process Recall Training. Journal of Counseling and Development, Vol.
Bolles, R. (2009). What Color is Your Parachute? Berkeley, CA.: Ten Speed Press.
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