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Check out our latest guides to careers in counseling, therapy, and psychology, as well as detailed breakdowns of accredited degree programs and interviews with experts in the field.
Youth counselors, also often called adolescent counselors, provide guidance, support, and mentorship to young people navigating the complexities and challenges of life. They work closely working with youth, assisting them in comprehending their emotions, resolving conflicts, and realizing their full potential. While they often work with youth one-on-one, they may hold group sessions or provide therapy in an inpatient setting.
Children ages six to 17 have an increasing need for mental health services, with one in six reporting at least one mental health disorder, according to a 2019 paper from researchers at the University of Michigan. And that was before the Covid-19 pandemic, which hit children’s mental health hard.
A guidance counselor (or career counselor) works closely with students to help them succeed in school. This includes supporting students and professionals in making decisions about their career path and teaching job search and workplace skills.
Careers in Counseling
Careers in counseling are as varied as the people they serve. Each career track has its own educational, licensing, and experiential requirements that ensure a counselor is well-equipped to help their clients.
Whether a counselor is specialized to work with a specific segment of the population or trained in a particular medium of therapy, their career will center around offering expert, evidence-backed support to those who need it most. We give you the details on every career in counseling, so you can find the one that’s right for you.
- End-of-Life & Palliative Counselor
- Correctional Counselor
- Applied Behavior Analyst
- Army, Veterans & Military (Family Life) Counselor
- Child Behavioral Therapist
- College Counselor
- Couples & Divorce Counselor
- Crisis Counselor
- Domestic Violence Counselor
- Eating Disorder Counselor
- Elementary School Counselor
- Forensic Counselor
- Genetic Counselor
- Geriatric Counselor
- Guidance Counselor
- High School / College Prep Counselor
- Holistic Counselor
- Juvenile & Correctional Counselor
- Life Coach
- Marriage and Family Therapist
- Mental Health Counseling
- Occupational Therapist & Counselor
- Pediatric Occupational Therapist
- Recreational Counselor
- Rehabilitation Counselor
- School Counselor
- Sex Counselor & Therapist
- Sports & Rehabilitation Counselor
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Bachelor's in Clinical Psychology
- Master's in Addiction Counseling
- Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis
- Master's in Child (Pediatric) Psychology
- Master's in Clinical Mental Counseling
- Master's in Clinical Psychology
- Master's in Educational Psychology
- Master's in Forensic Psychology & Counseling
- Master's in Genetic Counseling
- Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT)
- Master's in School & Guidance Counseling
- Master's in Sports Psychology
- PhD in Clinical Psychology
- PhD in Counseling
- PhD in Educational Psychology
- Post-Master's Certificate in Addiction & Substance Abuse Counseling
- Post-Master's Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT)
Accredited Online Counseling Programs
The journey to becoming a professional counselor starts with an accredited degree or certificate program in counseling. These are officially recognized programs that lead to a career as a counselor.
Accreditation by industry-specific authorities means that a program has been thoroughly vetted for its content and quality, and ensures that a student is on track to meet the educational, experiential, and exam requirements of their profession.
Of course, not all counseling programs or accreditation bodies are created equal. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is the gold standard of programmatic approval in counseling, but certainly not the only reputable accreditor recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Discover a wealth of accredited online counseling degrees and certificate programs in these detailed guides, which include information on coursework, duration, and tuition.
Counseling Degrees & Licensure By State – LPC, LMHC, MFT, and More
While many degree programs can be completed online, geography still matters in the world of counseling. Many counseling careers are governed by state licensing boards, and the requirements for licensure vary from state to state.
To help their students meet those requirements, many degree programs pattern their curriculum upon their home state’s unique requirements. Sometimes these conditions overlap across states, but often they are nuanced and detailed. Take the bird’s eye view and find the program and professional license that aligns with your location.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Counseling Education & Professions
All counselors know the power of questions. Between different state licenses, professional titles, and educational requirements, it is natural to have a few question marks dangling above your head when planning your counseling career.
Check out our FAQ for the detailed, step-by-step answers you need.
Features – Interviews, Advocacy & Resources
Counseling is premised upon the healthy flow of communication and this is a profession where the learning never stops. By drawing upon in-depth expert interviews, academic research, and professional advocacy issues, CS features bring you up to speed on the most relevant conversations in counseling.