10 Dimensions of Fitness for the Profession for Counselors-in-Training

The Fitness for the Profession Document helps in the evaluation of an individual’s beliefs, attitudes, and behavior in many areas of one’s life, such as academic, clinical, professional, and personal. The CHS Department hopes that this document will help in the self-assessment, self-correction, and self direction of each student on the path to becoming a professional counselor. The list below are the 10 dimensions of the document that are important in the training of a counselor and in the practice of a professional counselor.

1. Commitment to Wellness
-The lifelong commitment to becoming the best one can be spiritually, mentally, physically, socially, and vocationally.

2. Commitment to Learning
-The ability to self-assess, correct, and direct; continually seek knowledge and understanding; demonstrate academic and life management skills.

3. Core Academic and Clinical Competences
-Holds knowledge in the core areas of certification.

4. Professional Identity
-The commitment to ongoing development as a professional with the ability to put theory-into-practice.

5. Personal Maturity
– Ability to live and function at appropriate level of emotional, psychological, and relational wellbeing; freedom from limitations to one’s professional performance.

6. Responsibility
– Ability to fulfill professional commitments, be accountable for actions and outcomes; demonstrate effective work habits and attitudes.

7. Interpersonal Skills
-Ability to interact with clients, families, other professionals, and the community effectively.

8. Communication Skills
– Ability to communicate effectively (speaking, body language, reading, writing, listening) for varied situations; sensitive to diversity.

9. Problem-Solving
-The ability to seek out resources for help, support, and insight.

10. Stress Management
-The ability to recognize sources of stress and how they affect an individual; ability to develop effective coping techniques; seeks appropriate support when needed.

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