It is also the job of the ACA to advocate for its members - the LPCs that practice in all 50 states - and to educate the general public about the vital role that counselors play in the field of mental health. This infographic is a gem. As the title of this post suggests, it identifies 12 different things you should know about professional counselors. I invite you all to pin it on Pinterest, Tweet it on Twitter, post it on Facebook, and use whatever other social media outlets you use to spread the word.
Counselors are a fairly recent addition to the field of mental health. First came psychiatrists, then psychologists and then social workers, each with their own strengths and specialties. LPCs have only existed for a few decades, and the ACA continues to advocate and advertise on their behalf.
As the infographic points out, Professional Counselors are a culturally diverse group, trained at the masters or doctoral level, with a focus on wellness, career development, and client empowerment. They are trained in crisis response, can diagnose and treat mental illness, and abide by a Code of Ethics. You will find them working in schools, with families, in agencies, hospitals, and in private practice. While there are differences between professional counselors and social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, those differences tend to matter less in a traditional counseling setting.
If you are interested in learning more, leave a comment below or visit the American Counseling Association's website.