ERIC Number: ED424480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Counseling at the Crossroads: Let's Decide Our Future.
Gerber, Sterling; Myers, Jane E.
Critical issues facing the counseling profession include the simultaneous occurrence of turbulence in the professional, legal, and social atmospheres in which counselors operate. Specific examples of turbulence experienced in the state of Washington are presented. In this series of two papers, Dr. Gerber reflects on the critical issues facing the counseling profession. Dr. Myers' keynote speech for the annual conference addresses the question, "If we are truly at a crossroads in our profession, how can we go about the difficult and critical task of deciding our future?" Dr. Myers then reviews the results of three surveys conducted to determine professional counselors' perceptions of critical issues facing the counseling profession today. The methodology and results are presented. The top three priorities from each are presented. Six critical issues needing professional response are identified as professional identity, managed care, advocacy, diversity, American Counseling Association (ACA) politics, and ethical and effective practice that includes the issue of web-based counseling. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Washington Counseling Association (Vancouver, WA, October 1997).