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ERIC Number: EJ1179302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Independently Licensed Counselors' Connection to CACREP and State Professional Identity Requirements
Burns, Stephanie T.; Cruikshanks, Daniel R.
Professional Counselor, v8 n1 p29-45 2018
Many professional counseling organizations act to strengthen counselor professional identity to achieve parity for counselors. However, independently licensed counselors often identify themselves as "therapists" or "psychotherapists" as a means of helping others understand their occupational role and establishing their professional community as encompassing all mental health professions. A random sample of 494 independently licensed counselors from state counseling licensure board lists answered five questions about Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and state professional identity requirements required for clinical mental health counseling students. These professionals rated supervision pre- and post-graduation by an independently licensed counselor, counselor educators licensed and trained as counselors, the unique philosophy of the profession of counseling taught in counselor education programs, and the importance of CACREP accreditation for clinical mental health programs between Slightly and Moderately Important. Results suggest that independently licensed counselors see some value in a consistent and clear professional identity as a means to help current concerns experienced by independently licensed counselors.
Descriptors: Counselor Training, Accreditation (Institutions), Professional Identity, Counselor Educators, Counseling, Mental Health, Counselor Attitudes, Counselor Role, Supervision, Counselor Certification, Statistical Analysis, Surveys, Likert Scales, Standards
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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