Do you always adorn the role of a sensible counselor who gives the right advice at all times? Read on to know about courses in counseling that will help you enhance your skills as a counselor.

Counseling Courses

You don’t know why, but most people find you a pillar of strength and more often than once divulge some of their most worrisome issues to you. They ask you for advice on life changing decisions and sometimes even follow the advice. They come to you when they are confused either about a new job, a career choice or something as mundane as “what to wear on a date”? You are the agony aunt when there is a bitter break up or an ugly divorce. You are a great listener; someone who listens to people when there is no one around. If you genuinely like being this messiah from the skies, who hears people out, at the time of need giving them valuable advice on their issues then a career in counseling is the thing for you. Here are a few courses in counseling that will help you help people and give them good advice on matters of importance.
Career In Counseling  

There are mainly certificate, diploma, and postgraduate courses in counseling. Candidates with a graduation in psychology can apply for a post graduation in clinical or community psychology. However, for diploma in guidance counseling they prefer graduates in home science or arts. A diploma program in   Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling as well as rehabilitation psychology also exists; most people with an M.A in psychology can apply for it. This program is mainly for qualified counselors to improve their skills and continue professional development. 

Details Of The Course
The post graduation in counseling studies includes the following areas of study:

  • Counseling Children and Young People
  • Research Methods
  • Post Trauma Stress and Approaches to Trauma
  • Brief Therapies
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Integrated Mindfulness
The Diploma Course in Counseling includes the following areas of study:
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Personal and Interpersonal Development of the Counselor
  • Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan
  • Concepts in Psychology
  • Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Process
  • Theoretical Approaches to Counseling and Techniques
  • Understanding Psychological Problems 

Skills Required
It almost goes without saying that a good counselor needs to be a good listener. A counselor must also be able to give unbiased advice without bringing in personal prejudice. A counselor must be the kind of person who is not shocked easily and must be able to look at every problem objectively. The counselor must be someone who feels comfortable with at all times. The information given to the counselor must be confidential and he/she must not share it with anyone. In a profession like counseling trust plays, a very important role and an aspiring counselor must come across as trustworthy and genuine. 

Specialization in counseling include clinical counseling, child and adolescent counseling, sports and motivational counseling, career counseling, trauma and abuse counseling, substance abuse and addictive disorder counseling and lastly marital and family counseling. All these specializations can be taken as certificate courses or as optional subjects with a B.A in psychology. The latest to be added to this list is stress control counseling and sex counseling both a matter of huge concern due to depreciating lifestyles. 

Career Prospects
On completion of the counseling course candidates can work in various organizations such as schools and colleges, old age homes, de-addiction centre’s, marriage counseling agencies, youth and adolescent nonprofit counseling centre’s and lastly welfare departments of governments. You can also be self-employed and start your own counseling centre. This profession is entirely based on trust and therefore the code of secrecy must be maintained at all times.

Some Of The Best Institutes Offering Courses In Counseling are:
  • Syracuse University, New York, USA
  • Winthrop University, USA
  • Auburn University, USA
  • University of the district Columbia, USA
  • Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda , Gujarat , India
  • NCERT in New Delhi, India
  • All India Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Maharashtra, India
  • Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu, India
  • SNDT Women's University, Maharashtra, India
  • University of Madras , Tamil Nadu, India

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