What is a National Certified Counselor?
Issued by the National Board of Counseling Certification (NBCC), NCC is the premier individual certification for the counseling profession. Holding the NCC demonstrates to colleagues and the public that the counselor has voluntarily met high national academic, personal, ethical, and continuing education standards for the practice of counseling.
Advanced Degree from Recognized University
One who is credentialed as NCC is an individual who holds an advanced university degree (Masters or Doctorate) leading to practice in one of many healing arts and meets the rigorous requirements of NBCC. The college and university programs from which the counselor received his or her degree must, themselves, meet all of the following curriculum requirements of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP):
- Human Growth and Development — Studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
- Social and Cultural Diversity — Studies that provide an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
- Counseling and Helping Relationships — Studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes.
- Group Counseling and Group Work — Studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group work approaches.
- Career Counseling — Studies that provide an understanding of career development.
- Assessment and Testing — Studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
- Research and Program Evaluation — Studies that provide an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical and legal considerations in research.
- Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice — Studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards and credentialing.
One who is certified as NCC also has satisfactorily completed a nationwide examination prepared and administered by NBCC, and graded by practicing professional counselors and counselor educators.
In short, a National Certified Counselor is an individual well educated, thoroughly tested and is indeed well equipped to help others with their psychological, emotional, and relationship issues.
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