According to the course literature (2010), counseling is defined as a proactive, historically oriented process for helping persons learn to cope with problems of living and for promoting health development. It is an interpersonal process involving professional with the requisite graduate education and experience in counseling, using scientifically validated methods working with an individual, family, group, organization or specialization community that is seeking assistance (p.g 4-5). The three historical events that I believe has impacted on the counseling profession today occurred during the time period between 1960’s-1980’s. the need for guidelines to protect and guide the development of the profession of counseling led to accreditation of programs through the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the creation of Certification and Licensing Board (Erford,2010). Another historical event that occurred during this time period is the Developmental Psychology which became popular and was considered as primary focus of the counseling profession. Last historical event is the community Mental Health Centers Act, which promoted growth of counseling as a field that addressed issues within the community such as alcoholism, drug use, marital problems, and family crisis (Erford,2010) . This act provided funds for community based mental health programs in an effort to increase prevention and decrease hospitalization. I think that the mental health counseling profession is in great demand and learning process to become a good counselor is increasing and the knowledge is growing significantly. Reference:
Erford, B.T. (2010). Orientation to the counseling profession: Advocacy, ethic, and essential Professional foundations. Upper Saddle River. New Jersey. Pearson Education, Inc.