Similarities between Counseling and Social Work
Counseling – a new definition by ACA, is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.
Social Work – defined by the Council on Social Work Education as promoting human and community well-being. Someone that promotes social work is someone employed to provide social services, especially to the disadvantage.
• Both professions seek for the emotional well-being of a client.
• Both set standards that require coursework on theories of human development and behavior application of these theories.
• Both standards require coursework on both normal and abnormal behavior, including addictive behavior and psychopathology.
• Both educational perspectives emphasize a long-term developmental perspective and strategies for facilitating human development over the lifespan.
• Both sets of standards require coursework that addresses differences in attitudes and behaviors based on age, race, religious preference, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity and culture, gender, socioeconomic status, intellectual ability, and appropriate strategies for working with diverse populations.
• Both require completion on educational programs with a minimum semester credit hours (60 semester credit hour).
• Both sets of standards require programs to provide extensive supervised experience and clinical training.
• Both counselor and social work education standards require coursework that prepares students to engage in a professional helping relationship with clients.
• Both sets of standards require comparable coursework on qualitative and quantitative research, program evaluation, and statistical methodologies.
• Both sets of standards include comparable content on ethical issues and considerations.
• Both are supervised by Accreditation bodies.
• Both require faculty to be certified and have a license.
• Both curriculum...