New counselors have different needs than experienced ones. We're unsure of ourselves, and entering a whole new world with new rules. It's easy to forget how scary that is once a counselor has been in practice for a few years.
That's why we need each other. I wouldn't have survived my practicum and internship without my fantastic supervisor and counseling intern friends. I want EVERY new counselor to have that opportunity.
This is a social networking site developed exclusively for new counselors. Even if you are studying online, have a horrendous supervisor, or are practicing in a remote area, you can still have access to support and encouragement from others who are going through the same thing you are.
The purpose of this site is to link new counselors with their peers, and with experienced counselors who wish to provide mentorship. It is also to ask questions and have them answered, and hear about the latest information relevant to beginning counselors. It's a site to help you belong, and give you an anchor as you explore the many different nuances of your new career.
Three Quick Ways To Make This Site Work For You:
Create a user profile and make friends with other counselors and counselor trainees. Experienced counselors are welcome to join for the purpose of providing mentorship and advice for new counselors.
Post questions or discussion topics on the forum, and see who answers. Experienced counselors, this is where you can turn your inner teacher loose and help out the new ones, as well as becoming a mentor.
Submit a question to the advice column at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Contact Us tab and read the answers to questions already submitted on the site blog! (Click on Q & A Advice Column Tab above or select from the Recent Blog Entries category on the right side of the page.) You can also ask me questions or make suggestions for the site. I want it to as be RELEVANT to YOUR experience as possible.
A Final Thought:
Starting this site as I have at the tail end of my internship, it makes me think of what we all have to offer at both ends of the spectrum. Counselors with a lot of experience are great resources, USE THEM! But brand-new "baby" counselors are amazing to me too. Their joy at life and wonder at the opportunity they have to help others helps remind me why I chose this career.
You, beginning counselor, are an inspiration. Don't forget that you give others so much as well.
Thank you for visiting. I am so looking forward to getting to know you better.
Stephanie Ann Adams, M.A., and as of 5/3/11 LPC!!!!!
Don't forget to check out The Beginning Counselor's Survival Guide, the new book by Stephanie Ann Adams and her former clinical supervisor, Dr. Carol Doss!