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ERIC Number: ED462672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Mental Health Counseling: Identity and Distinctiveness. ERIC/CASS Digest.
Pistole, M. Carole
This digest describes the uniqueness of one of the youngest service provider professions in existence, mental health counseling (MHC). A history is given of how the founders of this profession were able to establish a professional organization and identity. The identity of the mental health counselor is described as an aggregate of educational, scientific, and professional contributions from the disciplines of education, psychology, and counseling. Mental health counselors use scientific processes to strengthen or restore clients' mental health. Their framework for conceptualization integrates the person as a gestalt of various domains along with the person's position in the family and socio-cultural matrix. Mental health counselors are concerned with health and with the variety of circumstances, socially and individually, that can impair or inhibit the functioning of a person's life. (JDM)
ERIC Counseling and Student Services Clearinghouse, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 201 Ferguson Building, P.O. Box 26171, Greensboro, NC 27402-6171. Tel: 336-334-4114; Tel: 800-414-9769 (Toll Free); Fax: 336-334-4116; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.