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changing careers - March 15th 2015, 07:08 AM

I am currently a software developer. However, I want to change my career to counselling. Please help
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Re: changing careers - March 15th 2015, 08:53 PM

What is your educational background? Counsellors (in Canada) need a masters degree or higher in education, social work, psychology, psychotherapy, etc.... You usually need a bachelors in something related like social work, psychology, sociology, religion, education etc.

You should do your research to find out what kind of counselling interests you and what qualifications you would need, and what masters program you are in. If you don't even have a relevant bachelors degree, it will be harder to get in, but you may have to upgrade some courses. If you don't have a bachelors degree at all (e.g. only a diploma) it will really complicate things as you'll need to go get a bachelors degree.

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Re: changing careers - March 15th 2015, 10:03 PM

Since you spell counseling with 2 ls I'm guessing you're not in the U.S., but I'll provide the information anyway. In the U.S. counseling programs prefer degrees in the social sciences, however, they will also consider you with 3-4 undergrad courses in psychology. I would start with the research. Although the terms for mental health professionals are used interchangeably, there are major differences in the theoretical basis of the training. Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists, and Psychiatrists are all trained differently. All require masters degrees and licenses to practice.

Counselors (LPC, PC, PCC, or PCC-S) : Work from a strength-based perspective, using the client's strengths to help them solve their own problems.

Social Workers (MSW, LISW): Focus on the social context of client concerns and work to change the social factors that influence the problem, such as relationships, societal oppression etc.

Psychologists (PhD, PsyD): Are as one said "Trained to look for problems" and remediate them with interventions

Psychiatrists (MD): Medical doctors who are able to prescribe and manage medication. While they can provide individual "counseling" services, most do not. These are the only mental health professionals allowed to prescribe medications.

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Re: changing careers - March 16th 2015, 12:12 PM

Everything is possible if you REALLY want it. Go ahead, and changing a career will not be a problem at all!
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