ERIC Number: ED424548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Professional Counseling and Social Work: A Comparative Analysis of the Educational Preparation of the Two Professions. Draft.
American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.
The professions of counseling and social work are often described as comparable because both require master's level education and training as a prerequisite for independent practice in the delivery of clinical mental health services. The specific similarities and differences between the education and training of the two professions, however, are not generally well understood. To promote greater understanding of the issue, this analysis compares the current education and clinical training standards set out by the bodies that accredit the education programs for the two professions: the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). In order to practice independently, graduates of these programs typically must also fulfill additional requirements prescribed by state licensure or certification laws, including passage of an examination and completion of additional hours of supervised experience. An "Overview" provides key similarities and differences. Curriculum standards for the two professions are presented side by side in a table. (EMK)
Descriptors: Counseling, Counselor Training, Higher Education, Mental Health Workers, Professional Education, Social Work, Standards
Office of Government Relations, American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304; Tel: 800-347-6647 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.