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INTERESTED IN COUNSELING - WHERE TO START
September 19, 2000
11:52 am
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Mina
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Hi,

I am a college graduate. I am currently working in a uninspiring administrative job at an acedemic university. My whole life I had always wanted to work in the counseling field, and i have finally reached the point where i feel i have to act upon my dreams....

HOWEVER, I am sooo confused about the counseling profession. I am trying to go to Grad School next fall, but I don't know which is the best field to get into. I thought a Masters in Community Counseling was the thing for me, until I noticed a country-wide trend in good schools cancelling thier Community Counseling degrees!!! If I do get this degree, is it worth anything...can i have my own practice w/ it??! What is the best degree to obtain to work with Families and Youth (but outside of a school setting) My background is sociology, so i am weary about getting Psychology degree.

Any help from counselors established in the field would be wonderful!!!

Thank you so much!

September 19, 2000
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I do believe the trend is to go Social Worker, MSW, the funds comming are for indigent people, displaced youth, emancipation programs, and getting a teaching credential to back it up, since all the schools are going to have mental health services at them in the future. MSW with a credintial in Drug and Alcohol Services with help too, this will get you into all the institutions, and nonprofits. foster care is big, and they will take MFCC

September 19, 2000
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I agree with Molly, MSW seems to be the trend for those not on track for Psychiatry practice (drug pushers!!!).

My University has a "counselor Education" program that is on track for socal work, guidance counseling and therapeutic practice in family and marriage counseling. I think differetn schools call them different things, though, since we have no "Community Counseling" program.

Each school has it's own ideology and basis for program curriculum, so the same program can have different names. I was talking to my undergrad advisor about my grad school track (I'm a pscyhology major) and he said that psych fields are growing across the board. So I'm not sure what you mean by good schools canceling their community counseling programs.

September 19, 2000
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Thank you for responding to me. University of Maryland and University of Virginia (just to mention 2) both had MAs in Community Counseling. However, this last year, both of them were cancelled. No more students are being admitted and they are fading out that degree. What is the diference between a Counselor Education degree and an MSW? What i am getting from you that doesn't really matter, but a MSW is better?

September 20, 2000
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MSW is in social work, which is a growing field in our country of haves and have-nots.

My University (UF) has the Counselor education degree and the Psychology master's. The latter is geared more towards research while the former (Counselor Ed) is geared more toward practice. I know we used to have more, but there are specific specializations within the master's and PhD programs that are specfied within curriculum choices.

Neither is better. It depends on what you want to do and where you think you would help people the most.

September 20, 2000
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Often in your practice, you learn what you do best, and what you can't do. I started out as an EAP professional and ended up with heroin addicts, go figure. I would consider volunteering with different agencies, I could get lots of money right now working with children, but my heart could not go there. I would take them all home, well most of them.

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