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Dialogue regarding the professional identity of professional counseling continues to increase and momentum continues to build around efforts to promote broader recognition of the counseling profession. This article outlines a template for action by which the profession may continue to move forward in its quest to be fully recognized as a viable force in mental health treatment. The authors recommend five methods to comprehensively promote professional counseling. These methods include: Capitalizing on faculty hiring practices to transmit professional identity, harnessing legislative strength, reconciling our humanistic roots, promoting title ownership, and conducting research that articulates the profession’s strengths.

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Hawley, L. D., & Calley, N. G. (2009). Professional Identity of Counseling: A Template for Action, Michigan Journal of Counseling, 36(1), 1-12. doi:10.22237/mijoc/1235865660





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