Counseling

Choosing a Career in Counseling. 


All people need help and support as they experience the various stages and transitions of life. People face many decisions and situations regarding educational, vocational, social, emotional, or personal problems. Counselors realize that people continue to grow and change throughout their lifespan. This profession differs from other human service professions in its developmental approach to problem solving. Counselors deal with human development concerns through support, therapeutic approaches, consultation, evaluation, teaching, and research. Simply stated, counseling is the art of helping people grow, and successfully face the challenges of life circumstances.

Careers in the counseling field are open to men and women of all ethnic and social backgrounds. Professional counselors can be found in a variety of settings: 

  • Private Practice 
  • Schools 
  • Colleges/Universities 
  • Hospitals 
  • Mental Health Agencies 
  • Public Employment Agencies 


For more information on the profession of counseling, including a description of the types of work settings, job outlook, earnings, and required qualifications, please visit http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos067.htm  which covers information offered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition. 
 

RESOURCES:

Mercer's American Association of Christian Counselors Organization (AACC)

Chi Sigma Iota (Mercer's Chapter - Mu Upsilon Alpha)

Discovering a Career in Counseling 

Mercer's LPCA Student Affiliate Organization (SAO)

Counseling Resume Sample 1

Counseling Resume Sample 2


WEBSITES WITH EMPLOYMENT LINKS:

Higher Education Jobs
www.higheredjobs.com 

Mental web
www.mentalweb.com/postjb.htm 

Mercer University 
www.mercer.edu/career 

National Association of Colleges and Employers
www.naceweb.org 

Positions in College Counseling Centers
Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors


Psychology Information Online
www.psychologyinfo.com/jobs/ 

Social Service Jobs 
www.socialservice.com 

Southern Association for College Student Affairs
www.sacsa.org 
 

ORGANIZATIONS:

American Counseling Association
www.counseling.org

American Association of Christian Counselors
www.aacc.net 

American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
www.aamft.org 

American Association of Pastoral Counselors
www.aapc.org 

American Association for Therapeutic Humor
http://aath.org 

American Association of Sex Educators & Counselors
www.aasect.org 

American Association of Suicidology 
www.suicidology.org 

American Art Therapy Association
www.arttherapy.org 

American College Counseling Association
www.collegecounseling.org 

American Group Psychotherapy Association
http://www.agpa.org/ 

American Mental Health Counselors Association
www.amhca.org 

American Psychological Association
www.apa.org 

American School Counselor Association
www.schoolcounselor.org 

Association for Addiction Professionals
www.naadac.org 

Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences
www.aatbs.com 

Association for Assessment in Counseling
www.theaaceonline.com 

Association for Death Education and Counseling 
www.adec.org 

Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
www.acesonline.net 

Association for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues in Counseling
www.aglbic.org 

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development 
multiculturalcounseling.org

Association for Play Therapy
www.a4pt.org 

Association for Psychological Type
www.aptcentral.org 

Association for Specialists in Group Work
www.asgw.org

Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists
www.atss.info 

Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors

Association of Vocational Rehabilitation in Alcohol and Substance Abuse
www.avrasa.org 

American Rehabilitation Counseling Association
www.arcaweb.org

Employee Assistance Professionals Association
www.eapassn.org 

Georgia Assoc. for Marriage and Family Counseling
www.gamft.org 

Georgia Career Development Association 
www.thegcda.org

Georgia College Counseling Assoc.
http://www.gacollegecounseling.org/

Georgia Department of Education 
www.doe.k12.ga.us

Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA) 
http://www.gaschoolcounselors.com/

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
www.iamfc.org 

Licensed Professional Counselors Assoc. of Georgia
www.lpcaga.org 

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers
www.naatp.org 

National Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors
http://naadac.org 

National Career Development Association
www.ncda.org 

National Eating Disorder Association
www.nationaleatingdisorders.org 

National Employment Counseling Association