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101 Careers in Counseling, Second Edition

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101 Careers in Counseling, Second Edition

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Author: Shannon Hodges PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS


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Praise for the First Edition:

“This excellent career guide will be valuable for students, young professionals, and those interested in a second career in counseling.”--Choice

Fully updated, the second edition of this comprehensive, easy-to-use guide explores the wealth of diverse career opportunities in both traditional and non-traditional counseling settings. It provides up-to-date information on occupational outlooks, best and most challenging aspects of each job, and profiles of real-life counselors that provide insight into the core of the profession.

Each career is consistently formatted to include an overview of the profession, salary range, employment prospects, and educational and licensing requirements. The book also examines the pros and cons of different types of educational programs including online curricula. Additionally, this resource provides guidance for financing your education and the job search process. Helpful checklists and questionnaires for current counseling professionals who seek a change, those in graduate programs, and those new to the profession, help readers to make well-informed choices.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Completely updated to reflect significant changes in the field
  • New Bureau of Labor occupational outlook
  • Updated and expanded coverage of educational requirements, licensure, and continuing education
  • Highlights new and emerging careers
  • Special focus on careers in mindfulness practice, trauma counseling, international counseling, art therapy, and in-hospital and in-patient settings
  • New profiles of real-life counselors
  • Enhanced coverage of social media, networking sites, and search engines

Key Features:

  • Includes helpful career development tools such as checklists and questionnaires, job-hunting websites, networking tips, and more
  • Provides salary range, employment prospects, and best and worst aspects of each job
  • Offers guidance on educational requirement, licensure, and continuing education

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 12, 2018
  • Page Count 338
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826172327
  • EISBN 9780826172334

About The Author(s) 

Shannon Hodges, PhD, LMHC, NCC, ACS, is professor and coordinator of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Niagara University with over 30 years of counseling experience in community agencies, university counseling centers, and overseas. As a former director of a university counseling center and clinical director of a county mental health clinic, he has taught school counselors, mental health counselors, and undergraduate psychology students, including numerous international academic appointments. Dr. Hodges has authored numerous professional publications and has also served on the editorial review boards of several journals including the Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Counseling and Values, Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and Journal of College Counseling. He is a longtime member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), and several ACA affiliate divisions. His previous books include the first edition of 101 Careers in Counseling (2012), The Counseling Practicum and Internship Manual, Second Edition (2015), and The College and University Counseling Manual (2016).

Table of Contents 


Foreword by Perry C. Francis, EdD, NCC, ACS, LPC



Share 101 Careers in Counseling, Second Edition

1 The Profession of Counseling: Coming of Age

Steps to Becoming a Professional Counselor in the United States

Types of Counseling

A Brief History of the Counseling Profession

The 1980s to 2000

Important Credentials in Counseling

Similarities Among Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers




Social Workers

Marriage and Family Therapists

Dance Therapy, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and Others

The Job Market for Counselors

Occupational Outlook for Counselors

Earnings for Counselors



2 Counseling as a Career

Is the Counseling Profession a Good Fit for You?

Required Education and Training to Become a Counselor

Variations in Counselor Experience and Training

Benefits of a Career in Counseling

The Case of Carl

The Necessity of Professional Membership

Licensure and Certification

Basic Licensure Information


Strength of the Profession



3 Career Variations in the Counseling Profession

I. Counseling Children and Families

Spotlight: Domestic Violence Counseling

1. Counseling Children in Intact Families

2. Counseling Children in Foster Care

3. Counseling Families

4. Counseling Couples

5. Counseling Couples Wishing to Adopt

6. Counseling and Play Therapy

7. Counselors as Parent Effectiveness Trainers

8. Counselors Working in Child Protection and Family Services

9. Counseling Children in Outpatient Treatment

10. Counseling Children in Inpatient Settings

Spotlight: E-Counseling and Technology

II. Counselors in the Schools

Spotlight: School Counseling

11. Counseling in Elementary Schools

12. Counseling in Middle Schools

13. Counseling in High Schools

14. Counseling in Private Schools

15. Counseling in Alternative Schools

16. Counseling in Residential Schools

17. Counseling in School-Based Family Services Centers

18. After-School Counseling Services

III. Counseling in Colleges and Universities

Spotlight: Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

19. Professor of Counselor Education

20. The Counselor as Department Chair

21. Director of a College or University Counseling Center

22. Counseling in a College or University Counseling Center

23. Counseling in a Large University Counseling Center

24. Counseling in a Medium-Size University Counseling Center

25. Counseling in a Small College Counseling Center

26. Counseling in a Community or Technical College

27. Counselors Working in a College Career Center

28. Counseling in a College or University Residence Hall

29. Counselors Working in Student Affairs (Noncounseling Positions)

30. Counselors Working as Academic Advisors

31. The Counselor as Campus Ombudsman

32. The Counselor as Academic Dean (or Associate Dean or Assistant Dean)

IV. Counseling in Community Mental Health Settings (Public and Private)

33. Counseling in Outpatient Clinics and Agencies

34. Counseling in Inpatient Settings

35. Residential Counselors in Long-Term Psychiatric Care

36. Counseling in Outpatient Chemical Dependency Clinics

37. Counseling in Inpatient Residential Addictions Treatment

38. Counseling Intellectually Disabled Clients

39. Clinical Rehabilitation Counselors

40. Counseling the Homeless

V. Counseling the Elderly

41. Counseling in Retirement Centers

42. Counseling the Elderly in an Outpatient Center

43. Counseling the Elderly for End-of-Life Decisions

44. The Counselor as Day-Care Coordinator

VI. Spiritual-Based Counseling and Related Areas

Spotlight: Pastoral Counseling

45. Counseling in a Pastoral Counseling Center

46. Counseling in a Church, Synagogue, or Other Religious Institution

47. Bereavement Counseling

48. Counseling the Homeless in Spiritual-Based Centers

49. Hospice Counseling

VII. Counseling in Private Practice

Spotlight: Private Practice in Counseling

50. Counseling in Private Practice (Solo)

51. Counseling in Private Practice (With Associates)

52. Counseling in an Employee Assistance Program

VIII. Counseling in Correctional Settings and the Legal Arena

53. Counseling in a County Jail

54. Counseling in Prisons

55. Counseling in Juvenile Detention Facilities

56. Forensic Counseling

57. Counselors as Divorce Mediators

58. The Counselor as Therapeutic Mediator

59. The Counselor as Probation Worker

60. The Counselor in the Restorative Justice Field

61. The Counselor as Probation Officer

62. Gang Prevention Counselor

63. The Counselor as Victim’s Rights Advocate

IX. Counseling in Crisis Intervention and Emergency Management

Spotlight: Trauma Counseling

64. Counseling in the Aftermath of Natural and Major Disasters

65. Counseling in the Aftermath of a Tragedy (e.g., School Shootings, Suicide)

66. Counseling in Domestic Violence Shelters

67. Counseling Victims of Sexual Assault

68. Crisis Line Counseling

69. Counseling Individuals Who Are in Transitional Settings

X. Counseling in Healthcare Organizations

Spotlight: Counseling in a Healthcare Setting

70. The Counselor in the Hospital

71. The Counselor in the Health Clinic

XI. Career and Vocational Counseling

72. Career and Vocational Counseling in an Agency Setting

73. Employment Counseling

74. Career Coaching

XII. Counseling in the Military

75. Counseling in the Military

76. Counseling in VA Hospitals

XIII. Creative Arts Counseling

Spotlight: Creative Arts Counselor

77. The Counselor as Art Therapist

78. The Counselor as Dance Therapist

79. The Counselor as Music Therapist

80. The Counselor as Drama Therapist

81. The Counselor and Animal-Assisted Therapy

82. The Counselor as Play Therapist

XIV. International Counseling Careers

Spotlight: Counseling in Australia

83. Counseling in a Foreign Country

84. The Counselor as Human Rights Worker

85. The Counselor Educator in a Foreign Country

86. Counseling in a Foreign University

87. The Counselor as Student Affairs Professional in a Foreign University

XV. Emerging Fields and Professions in Counseling

Spotlight: Wilderness-Based Counseling

88. Genetic Counseling

89. The Counselor as Life Coach

90. Personal Fitness Coaching

91. Athletic Performance Counseling

92. Adventure-Based Counseling/Therapy

93. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Counseling

94. Financial Counselor

XVI. Nontraditional Counseling Careers

Spotlight: The Counselor as Consultant and Trainer

95. The Counselor as Human Resources Professional

96. The Counselor as Trainer and Facilitator

97. The Counselor as Consultant

98. The Counselor as Author

99. The Counselor as Community Activist

100. The Counselor as Human Services Caseworker

101. The Counselor as Executive Director of a Nonprofit Agency

102. The Counselor as Program Manager in a Nonprofit Agency


4 Financing Your Education

Some Considerations

Looking for Scholarships

Additional Methods of Financing Graduate School

Federal Student Loans

Work Study

Graduate Assistanceships

Graduate Fellowships


5 Counselors and the Job Search

The Visioning Process: Creating Your Dream

The Next Step: The Career Center

Requesting Letters of Reference

Developing a Winning Resume or CV

A Few Points Before You Begin to Construct Your Resume or CV

Action Words

Where to Search for Counseling Jobs

Interview Questions to Anticipate

Sample Interview Questions

Inappropriate Questions

A Final Checklist Before the Interview

Dealing With Rejection

Stages of Job Rejection Grief

Reasons Candidates are Rejected for Jobs

Transforming Your Disappointment

Final Thoughts on Managing Job Rejection

Entertaining a Job Offer: To Accept or Not to Accept

An Employment Decision Tree

If You Reject the Offer

If You have Decided to Accept the Offer

Some Final Thoughts on the New Job

Conclusion: A Few Tips to Remember