While the Internet offers a wealth of information, some of that information is provided for commercial purposes, some for political purposes, and some for other personal interests. Professionals need to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff, particularly, to evaluate the credibility of information found on the Internet. This study provides guidelines to help you determine the credibility of sources you find on the Internet.
Review the following:
Use the Internet to explore at least two of the following professional counseling associations. One should be in your own area of specialization, while the other can be selected from any of the remaining choices. Focus on how these associations can help your professional development.
Although your program does not provide a FAF courseroom, your success will still require connecting and networking with professionals in the field of counseling. For the Unit 2 assignment, for example, you will need to identify a professional in the field and arrange a time for an interview that should take place within the next few units of this course. The professional needs to have a minimum of a master’s degree in counseling and a current clinical license (e.g., LPC, LPCC, LMHC, LMFT). For Addictions Counseling learners, specialized credentials in the addictions field are preferred (e.g., CAP, CAS, et cetera). Please note non-counseling professional fields are not acceptable for this assignment (e.g., social work, psychology, psychiatry). For additional details on this assignment, see the assignment Arranging an Interview With a Counseling Professional in Unit 2.
To ensure you are able to find a professional who can be helpful to you, you need to begin reflecting on resources that have led you to your choice of this program. There are many resources available, for example, Web sites of professional organizations. These sites may be a good place for you to start. Here are some other ideas for finding appropriate professionals in the field: