clients for this—suggesting that one’s dissatisfaction with a counselor is likely a symptom of his/her issues (I don’t think so. It happens too often.). For some, bad experiences have permanently turned them off to counseling.
What if it were more difficult to become a counselor?
I’m not saying that every provider needs to offer DBT or CBASP, or subscribe to a certain methodology. I’m not talking about CACREP, or anything so specific at this moment. I’m just asking, what if it were 10 times harder to join the ranks? Here’s what it might look like:
- The licensure exam would be on par with the Bar exam for attorneys or the USMLE for medical doctors. It would be exceedingly difficult.
- Providers would be re-tested in some way, every 5-10 years.
- Continuing education requirements would be rigorous.
- Counselor programs would be retooled so that every graduate would earn a Doctorate in Professional Counseling, putting counselors on par academically with psychologists.
- Post degree, pre-licensure, training would be reengineered so that more effective counselor preparation takes place (and so students have a clear path to licensure).
The outcome of such significant changes would be widespread.
Second, persons who did prevail would be, on average, better trained with a higher skill level.
Third, public esteem of counselors would improve. Counselors would be seen as extremely qualified and effective at what they do.
Fifth, the counseling profession would be better protected from unlicensed helping professions, like life coaches. Consumers would see greater value in licensed providers (you wouldn’t go to an unlicensed doctor, dentist, or attorney would you?).