- School Counselor
- Family Social Worker
These projections are estimates based on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Those who are interested in counseling generally have a strong urge to help other people and inspire trust and confidence among their peers and the people they are counseling. The mental and emotional toll counseling takes on some people makes it a rewarding yet difficult field to master.
Career Options in Counseling
Associate’s degree programs for counselors can prepare them for many different career directions. Some common counseling specialties are:
- School counseling
- Student affairs counseling
- Substance abuse counseling
- Geriatric or pediatric counseling
- Family and marriage therapy
- Clinical counseling
- Career counseling
Depending on the area of counseling you are pursuing, you may be taking courses within your school’s psychology department, criminal justice department, healthcare department, or another area. Some areas of counseling address destructive behaviors such as drug or substance addiction, gambling addition, and other negative life patterns. Other areas assist people in overcoming traumatic experiences such as domestic violence or abuse, while still other areas address difficult life issues such as aging, recovering from a physical injury, or choosing a new career direction.
Throughout these counseling specialties many concepts, such as communication and listening skills, ethics, and patient confidentiality will remain the same. Other concepts will vary depending on the specific associate’s degree program you are enrolled in.
Counseling Program Curriculum
The courses that make up a counseling AS or AA program can vary widely depending upon the counseling specialty you choose.
The core courses are often broken down into these eight divisions:
- Social and cultural diversity
- Group Therapy
- Relationship Therapy
- Career development
- Human growth and development
- Assessing human relationships
- Professional identity
- Program evaluation and research
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