For many, earning a master’s degree is a great way to increase their earning potential, or a graduate program is their way to get ahead in their careers and move into a supervisory position or one with more and better responsibilities. For those interested in curriculum and instruction jobs, however, earning another degree or certificate has a much bigger impact and not just on their careers.
There are plenty of factors to consider before taking the next step and earning your Master’s in Counseling. One of them might be financial, but that shouldn’t be what prevents you from advancing in your career and developing the skills to be a culturally competent counselor.
Please note: Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have temporarily suspended the GRE requirement for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants as many of the testing centers have been closed. We will look for other evidence of both verbal and quantitative ability during your application review.
In counseling, the relational depth between you and your client is of the utmost importance. Developing a strong and trusting relationship formed with evidence-based practices matters greatly, because the better the relationship, the greater the likelihood that your client will experience positive results.
If you’re just beginning to explore grad school application deadlines, you may be surprised to learn that the academic calendar at the graduate level may not be quite as rigid as you remember it from your undergraduate years.
As anyone who has spent any time at all working as a counselor can tell you, the skill set, competencies and demeanor necessary to succeed in the field cannot be learned in a classroom alone. All counselors—clinical mental health counselors, military and veterans counseling specialists, school counselors, or any other type—benefit immensely from hands-on, practical experience working face to face with clients.
Nearly all graduate schools and programs you might apply to have at least one thing in common: They will want to hear about you from those who know you best. Requesting letters of recommendation for graduate school is a rite of passage for nearly everyone who is interested in pursuing an advanced degree, and they can be one of the most powerful assets among your application materials.
Self-disclosure refers generally to a counselor’s sharing of personal information to clients during or outside the counseling session. Types of counselor self-disclosure can range from the sharing of information about the counselor’s personal life and experiences to the sharing of his or her personal opinions about particular issues and events.
Thoughtful and impactful counselors understand that it is critically important to develop a bond of trust and respect with their clients. It is this bond that frees clients to feel as though they can be open and vulnerable without fearing judgment or a betrayal of confidence.