I love counseling! In the next decade, I expect we will develop a more sophisticated understanding of complex connections [between] mental health and a variety of factors such as neurobiology, spirituality, environment and culture. The takeaway for employers and employees of a certain age? And we know that bullying doesn’t end in childhood. Counseling colleagues are already applying neuroscience principles as they conduct both counseling and research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The length of the counseling process varies depending on the individual and the mental health disorder or distress. There’s a clear split between people over age 55 and those who are younger. Professional counselors’ competencies in career, group and wellness counseling are unique to their core preparation. How will these continually evolving trends affect us? There is a growing isolation that I believe is fueled by the explosion of technology and the overreliance on electronic gadgetry to socially connect. Where would you turn for mental health care in a crisis? Also, the pendulum of religious fundamentalism swings back as people discover that faith cannot always explain everything and seek to create their own meaning and understanding. 2 Stress. Individuals may then make life-altering decisions based on their “knowledge” of a predestined life experience. It’s time that older generations of human resources executives and leaders align their policies and managers with a new generation. i am impressed and intend to to pursue knowledge on this fertile field. Additionally, the prevalence of technology has delivered disasters and subsequent secondary stress to a worldwide audience. Right now i’m only a in 9th grade. We believe that if counselors acquiesce to this status quo, we will contribute to the demise of our profession by rendering ourselves superfluous in a field already crowded with practitioners of the medical model. And every time I read something about this career I realize how perfect this career is for me. 3) Addictions-informed treatment recognizes that many people have “use” issues and coexisting disorders that contribute to the self-medication cycle and will benefit from neurobiological techniques as well. Another 178,000 residents — mostly the working poor — are likely to qualify for a new state insurance exchange and receive a tax subsidy to help cover the premiums. With all due respect, ask yourself if you may be the boulder-size block on the road to wellness for the people around you. Do professional counselors know what clients need in order to maintain a healthy mental lifestyle within their cultural/family context? And because of our economic position — lower cost and yet high-quality services — we will continue to grow faster. Counseling theory and practice over the next decade should focus on understanding human nature in a broad global context. And there’s your first problem—a digital generation connects differently than people who didn’t grow up with technology at their fingertips. I am in a Counseling and the Creative Arts class at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Wellness and positive psychology will become more central. 1) The profession must decide whether we succumb to what medicine did by moving to practice specialties or remain as broad generalists. But Snyder contends that artificial counselors will become crucial to the profession because there simply won’t be enough human counselors to meet the growing demand as the world becomes more complex and everyday life is filled with increasingly challenging problems and decisions. Many Baby Boomers grew up not talking about mental health, particularly their own, and had few avenues to find help outside of their doctor’s office. We have authored a common definition of counseling and defined guiding principles [as part of the 20/20 initiative], and we begin these next years with ample room and welcome for a grand diversity of practitioners, specializations and missions. Good Luck, Mr. Obilor, quoting Mr. Anderson, it’s never too late to follow your heart. At what point does managed care begin to mandate what counselors do and how they are thus trained? One would be the creation of new culture-centered counseling theories that come from Eastern Europe, southern Africa, the Pacific Rim or South America. Another societal trend worth noting is that, due to advances in medical technology, people are living longer and our aging population is growing. Kurt L. Kraus is the facilitator of the “20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling” initiative and a professor in the Department of Counseling and College Student Personnel at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. The next decade in counseling will be a very exciting time in which counselors will need to be more responsive than ever. I love learn and helping others too. ACC and those associated with it are into originality and transformation as related to counseling issues. I was a non-traditional first generation college graduate. Developing a unified profession and helping promote a core identity as a counselor first and specialty area second is the preeminent professional challenge of the next decade. And today, children have an even greater burden to manage: Internet bullying. A sense of urgency is needed because the consequences are dire. Or use Lifeline Chat if you have access to the internet. CACREP is helping to fill the accreditation need by introducing the International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs, which promotes high professional standards sensitive to the cultural and economic realities of international counseling. A relatively new health option, genetic screening, may allow individuals to identify predispositions for health conditions, longevity and abilities. I would predict that goal setting, career and life planning, and relationships will all be impacted. We need people who identify as social change agents within the profession. It will be determined more by how professional counselors educate others as to who we are and how we contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. Although attempts to create a transtheoretical approach met with limited success, it seems that most new ideas look like a slimmed-down [version of Arnold] Lazarus’ multimodal approach. Younger generations are about to up-end that tradition. How Much Does a Mental Health Counselor Make? A group of 31 organizations representing the counseling profession worked together from 2005-2013 to promote the needs of professional counselors. Or are they simply providing a packet of resources and sending you out the door in search of therapy? In my opinion, a future focus of the counseling profession should center on the counseling needs of older adults. I have lived experience and believe sharing it will change the workplace. My research was limited when it came to scholarly journals. The driving force behind the development of global literacy is the commitment one makes to ensure that openness to cultural diversity is the cornerstone of his or her life. At ACA, we are developing ways to encourage and make affordable international membership, and some international members have proposed development of an organizational affiliate or division focused on international counseling. I happened to work in various settings performing various roles, but at my core, I have always been a professional counselor. Professional counseling has become respected as a viable mental health provider. On the surface, that prediction sounds disturbing, as if advancing technology might threaten to make the counseling profession obsolete. Predominant counseling theories and practices are not addressing these issues. As the discipline matures, counselors are increasingly defining new areas of application for service delivery. Our vision is emerging. These changes in the characteristics of disasters have offered new challenges to disaster mental health professionals. We continue to grow faster than other mental health professions (projections for the next decade include counselors: 18 percent [782,200], social workers: 16 percent [745,400] and psychologists: 12 percent [190,000]; see the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 edition). Counseling will be significantly impacted by the emerging relationship counselors have with the health care reimbursement system. As far as emerging counseling theories, I believe we are entering the posttheoretical era where older comprehensive “theories” will be presented for historical background in counselor training. Are those numbers likely to be top of mind for someone over 50? CPS are using smartphone apps to reach people in their homes and their communities and offering real-time peer support services outside of a clinical setting,” says Dr. Fortuna. The field has been influenced by multiple historical events, societal needs, and social contexts. At the moment, our field still operates from a “theory of choice” framework, which tends to focus on remediation and a problem-focused approach. Another area is hospital and school based positions, I don’t see why Social Workers , are the only acceptable degrees for these positions in major hospitals. He is also a past president of ACA. (Google it). Clients can have very effective sessions and change behavior within a couple of sessions. Are we getting closer to convincing people that seeking counseling for adjustment-related issues — before they are in crisis — is an illustration of “mental health”? So I say go for it and surround yourself with people who are positive and encouraging to your cause. A note of encouragement for counseling students during COVID-19, Human rights 101, Part 2: Implications for graduate students and counselor education programs, From the President: Sustaining the lifeblood of our profession, Understanding the gap: Encouraging grad students to work with an aging population, Department of Education to accept new round of ESSCP applications, http://www.counseling.org/docs/ethics/2014-aca-code-of-ethics.pdf?sfvrsn=4, ‘But my clients don’t get eating disorders’, The forces that could shape counseling’s future. this discussion is insightful. In terms of theories, incorporating systemic, wellness-based theories in practice is crucial. An expanding embrace of world medicine and health practices coupled with redefinition of health care and service delivery in America will shape us. As a result, numerous counseling organizations have sprung up in nations around the globe looking for guidance related to accreditation, credentialing and organization-building. Biological foundations and curriculum change: CACREP has set the foundation with their new standard that emphasizes bringing biological foundations into our training. In 2020, I founded REBEL TALENT, where there is no quitting until every kind of mind can do their best work. I expect the counseling profession will continue its journey from adolescence to adulthood as we join together to respond to three major demands over the next decade. We definitely need to be prepared! Modern technology allows medical researchers to analyze individuals’ DNA and identify certain genes that correlate with specific mental illnesses. Finally, the third trend in counseling is attention paid to counseling young children. Considering the advances in technology and bandwidth that are available to the average client today, we should be making access to mental health services as easy as possible. The good news is this: It will get better (again), but more slowly because of the depth of the recession. I agree about the need for therapy beyond ‘talk therapy’, Hypnotherapists do work that is very effective for positive neuronal changes. The state exchanges will be competitive marketplaces that allow individuals and s… NBCC International is currently providing support to more than two dozen countries developing credentialing processes and in need of organizational support. As a member of Generation-X, the numbers 911 are seared into my brain. On the surface, it seems as if we have continued to evolve with the changing needs of society. The next decade will determine if that level of respect is maintained. Thus, counselors need to create innovative interventions that respond to contemporary challenges. The future of the counseling profession has the potential to be bright. If counselors do not reach out to this population, chances are high that older adults will not receive services due to transportation and mobility limitations. These measures will be used to provide input during, for example, marriage counseling, academic counseling and career counseling. In coming years, AI will continue to broaden the international and cultural reach of mental health care while archiving interactions for future analysis. Seeing you comment following the article surprised me and made me smile. Career issues are international, and solid career counseling is intentional wherever it is delivered. We are currently in a battle to define our profession (i.e., “20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling”). It has always made more sense (no pun intended) to prevent illness, accidents and lifestyle disasters. As more countries explore the value and benefit of having counseling professionals in their society, counseling will become increasingly visible outside the United States. (Literally, all you need to do is text HOME to 741741.) In the United States, baby boomers represent a growing percentage of the overall population. One way is to get the state associations to get an Attorney General’s opinion. We need people who will “walk the talk” rather than people who “talk the walk.” We need people who will make us uncomfortable. I’m game! Increasingly, government, business and industry are aware that life stress, physical inactivity and poor environmental conditions are creating huge repercussions in health care costs. Examines the significant events in the history of mental health care that have contributed to the development of a specialty within the counseling profession referred to as mental health counseling. 9 Future Growth. They are sick of covering—hiding part of their identity from coworkers. Close. Please help me am 40 years old and i seriously get the urge that i want to be a counsellor and i totally feel over joyed when i help people come out of their probles by talking solutions in their lives. It conjures up a scenario that could be taken straight from TV: a face-to-face video call between doctor and patient results in the materialization of a pill bottle that the patient can pluck directly from the screen. We cannot be unaware of the disparities in power and privilege that exist between and among peoples. An additive approach to counseling is when we integrate multicultural and social justice into predominant counseling theories and ways of practicing without changing the core structure of an existing theory or practice. The personal avatar counselor will be stocked full of good health information, so it will offer constructive and helpful advice, according to Snyder. ental health counseling brings a unique approach to the mental health care professions in that it offers a broader response to the definition of care than the traditional fields of psychiatry and clinical psychology. Their role is part of a network of care. It encompasses important knowledge of cultural variations in areas such as geography, history, literature, politics, economics and principles of government. There is something about a person being empathetic to a person’s needs that a computer cannot give. The wellness wheel created by Jane Myers, Tom Sweeney and Mel Witmer is one example of a concrete instrument being developed in counseling that has potential for a huge impact, both inside and outside the profession. I prefer to study something as Master’s in near future which will not be endangered by robots. We, too, are a potent force as we adapt to local and world change. Other professionals, such as physicians, dentists, social workers and psychologists, realized this simple truth long ago and have become strong, respected advocates for their professions and the public. Not many know the injustice those with mental illness face when trying to receive treatment. Contact her at dstokes@TheBetterBrainCenter.com. So, there is a growing need for social skill-building groups for these young people. Demetria, As we consider the profession’s future, it is important that we continue to integrate the needs of the oppressed into emerging counseling theories, training paradigms and clinical practices. With the increasing move toward 60-hour master’s programs, I see a longer-term trend toward increasing professionalization of counselors. Such solidarity will help us to move forward in our efforts regarding licensure portability, expectation for accreditation, public awareness and advocacy, and interdisciplinary participation. Given this, I believe that counseling practice over the next decade must be predicated on counselors becoming globally literate human beings. What will tomorrow’s arrival offer and require of our profession? Technology is changing our world at an astonishing pace. In the next decade, we may see important work related to addressing common counseling concerns such as depression, anxiety and addiction through brain regulation. To respond effectively, we will need to continue to cultivate a collective professional identity regarding who we are, what we do and where, when, why and how we serve. I think Mark Savickas’ narrative counseling approach is going to grow in popularity. You may opt-out by. J. Barry Mascari is an associate professor and chair of the Counselor Education Department at Kean University. Ironically, ACA continues to pursue achieving Medicare recognition when few counselors are fully prepared to provide such services. 4) Finally, the struggle over using evidence-based techniques (difficult to replicate in noncontrolled client settings) or focusing on the therapeutic alliance and common factors will continue. Ask yourself: What if my bias against talking about emotional and social issues prevents me from helping other people? Thomas Sweeney is a professor emeritus of counselor education at Ohio University and executive director of Chi Sigma Iota. In the creativity realm, I continue to be impressed by the Association for Creativity in Counseling and the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, edited by Thelma Duffey. They can simply post a hurtful message, mean-spirited blog or compromising photo. Such an area is appealing to professional counselors because counseling young children requires a focus on prevention and use of a developmental perspective. Relationship and empathic understanding have become even more important. or what if I personally understand the effects of stress, depression, and anxiety because I suffer from it myself. Given these three emerging trends, we are likely to see several new theories develop. First, Ask Yourself: Am I Part of the Problem? Contact her at westolce@UCMAIL.UC.EDU. “You can text from anywhere. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, provides free and confidential emotional support via phone to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7days a week, across the United States. All of the blog is very interesting and so is the new research. The counseling profession must move quickly to be prepared for the technology-oriented future facing our clients and us. As I consider the evolution of counseling over the next decade, it will be important for the profession to be aware of a number of important global trends. One of the greatest rewards of being a mental health counselor is being able to have a direct impact on the lives and well-being of clients. Most substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree. The development of credentials for the specialty and the issues currently facing mental health counseling are discussed, and a perspective on directions for the future is offered. There are over 400 published counseling theories, but the outcome literature only supports use of a small fraction of these helping approaches and only for limited developmental and clinical applications. Thabiso, I want to encourage you not to let your age be a barrier. While in its infancy in counselor education, neurofeedback for use with children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and adults with anxiety and depression disorders has already begun. Articles include implications for professional mental health counseling practice and future research. Someday i hope to be counselor. People come with multiple problems, and counselors address multiple issues, so specialists would change our profession. Social Workers are able to compete for these positions, but we can’t. It consists of the basic information that a person needs to possess in order to successfully navigate life in the technologically sophisticated, globally interconnected world of the 21st century — a world in which people from diverse cultural backgrounds interact in ways that were previously inconceivable. It's a question you need to ask—now. And with counselors achieving licensure now in all 50 states, we can and are moving strongly forward to inclusion in all nationwide programs (for example, TRICARE). The news can be a gut punch, especially for people dealing with similar issues in their own family. Still, it’s stunning to think that there are people who may not understand the instantaneous, far-reaching power of text to save lives. Because third-party reproduction has become so widespread, many mental health professionals (MHPs) have begun to spend all or the majority of their time on third-party evaluations. It’s right there—stigma, discrimination ignorance or lack of education—and no one says a word. Managed care may eventually determine counselor identity, the nature of the profession and certainly how counselors are trained and practice. When I say limited I could not find much information on the subject. In addition, education is increasingly seen as an economic necessity. The reason could be as simple as the fact that they know little about them. As they retire, the counseling profession must be ready to meet the unique developmental needs of this age group. We are truly ripening as a profession, with even greater potential for the future. Several friends were truly stunned and saddened, the same way others are now when talking about the recent news of more death, this time by suicide, in Parkland and Sandy Hook. 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