Concepts for Future Exploration

20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling

Ideas for Future Action and Discussion

In addition to agreeing to the seven principles embodied in the Principles for Unifying and Strengthening the Counseling Profession, the delegates of 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling generated a list of possible strategies for achieving the goals reflected by the principles; the following strategies are intended to operationalize specific ways in which the counseling profession might engage in order to reach these principles.

  • The counseling profession shall present a clear definition of counseling to the public.
  • The counseling profession shall promote optimum health and wellness for those served as the ultimate goal for counseling interventions.
  • The counseling profession shall focus on a body of core knowledge and skills shared by all counselors.
  • The counseling profession shall speak with a united voice at the state and federal levels.
  • The counseling profession shall have the highest respect for all counseling specialties.
  • Counselor education programs shall reflect a philosophy that counseling is a single profession with specialized areas of training.
  • Counseling accrediting bodies shall reflect a philosophy that counseling is a single profession with specialized areas of training.
  • The counseling profession shall develop a fluid process allowing new specialties to emerge and existing specialties to evolve naturally and merge as developmentally appropriate.
  • The counseling profession shall develop an outreach/marketing process that reflects a shared identity.
  • The counseling profession shall conduct ongoing outreach to ensure that the public understands who professional counselors are, the credentials and skills we possess, and how our services are uniquely different.
  • Professional counseling organizations shall involve front-line practitioners at all policy and decision-making levels.
  • The counseling profession shall speak with a united voice when educating the health care insurance industry and advocating for counseling, counselors, or clients.
  • The counseling profession shall offer ongoing education and training for counselors to encourage client and student advocacy.
  • Professional counseling organizations shall collaborate to identify an advocacy project that would be completed annually within a selected community.
  • The counseling profession shall investigate and delineate the best organizational structure for the future of counseling.
  • The counseling profession shall establish common preparation standards and a single training model to be used by all counselor preparation programs.
  • The counseling profession shall establish uniform licensing standards with LPC as an entry-level title for counselor licensure.
  • The counseling profession shall create interest in research by practitioners and students.
  • The counseling profession shall emphasize both qualitative and quantitative outcome research.
  • Outcome research shall focus on delineating the counseling modalities that work best in different counseling settings and with particular counseling clients.
  • Outcome research shall delineate best practices in counselor preparation.
  • The counseling profession shall encourage evidenced-based, ethical practices as the foundation for counselors-in-training, and for professional counselor interventions across settings and populations served.
  • The counseling profession shall work with undergraduate programs to educate students about graduate work in counseling.
  • The counseling profession shall promote mentoring relationships for graduate students and new professionals.
  • The counseling profession shall provide incentives, rewards, and recognition for practicum and internship supervisors.
  • Counselor education programs shall endorse student involvement in professional counseling associations.

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