Lpc Continuing Education

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Continuing education (CEU) for licensed professional counselors can include many topics of interest that will both broaden the counselor's knowledge and more effectively help the client. A counselor may specialize in a certain area such as marriage and family, addiction, grief therapy or adolescent psychology. Many cases call for expertise in more than one topic, and a more varied education will help the counselor deal with anything that he or she encounters in clinical practice.

Counseling Specialties for the Professional

Licensed counselors are trained to apply proven methods to solving problems. Visualization, psychotherapy, drug therapy and spiritual approaches are a few of the ways by which a counselor will attempt to connect to the client in order to make a diagnosis. Specialties such as social justice deal with issues that need practical and immediate solutions. Homelessness, single-parent families in crisis, and poverty all have causes as well as effects, and both must be addressed.

An understanding of the dynamics that operate in any relationship can be gained through an exploration of examples found in society. Some counselors will specialize in current events and how they can illustrate dysfunction. Trauma can be experienced both individually and collectively, and its effects can be dealt with through counseling. A counselor may wish to get additional CEUs in any of these topics in order to learn the latest theories of diagnosis and treatment.

Continuing education broadens the base of knowledge that allows the counselor to perform their job effectively. It also opens up the possibility for the counselor to advance in his or her chosen field. Refreshing knowledge and staying up-to-date through earning CEUs is the responsibility of all mental health professionals. Online education is offered by accredited universities and qualified instructors.

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