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OTHER PROFESSIONAL CONSIDERATIONS Professional practice courses provide students with the opportunity to practice counseling skills under supervision. A successful student will be open to personal growth, become proficient at giving and receiving feedback, abide by ethical standards, and pay attention to their own wellness. Personal Growth & Wellness During professional practice experiences, students will encounter people and situations that will personally affect them in both positive and negative ways. This is a normal process in the journey of becoming a counselor. By being open to these experiences and learning from mistakes, students will become more capable and effective counselors. It is equally important for students to become aware of their beliefs and values and how these affect the counseling process, including the counseling relationship. Being inflexible in one’s beliefs and values can impact effectiveness as a counselor. Students are free to believe what they wish, but must be aware of the possible limits these beliefs may have on their work as a counselor. Participating in personal counseling is one way to achieve personal growth. Many students choose to invest in their professional future by receiving their own counseling. Graduate students lead busy lives! Many students are juggling numerous roles, such as student, spouse/significant other, parent, child, employee, and community/professional leader.
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