The following statement is not true with respect to counselor competence:
Practitioners are required to practice within the boundaries of their competence.
Only when the therapist completes a doctoral program, are they competent to practice with all specialties.
The practitioner can develop competency by working with professionals with more experience.
Conferences, workshops and continuing education are means towards developing competency.
According to the authors, a good training program encourages students to:
build on their life experiences and personal strengths and provides opportunities for expanding self-awareness.
emphasize skill training without consideration of personal development.
achieve a high enough GPA to pursue a doctorate.
specialize in one theory with the techniques and strategies that are unique to that theory.
As a part of the process of screening candidates for a therapist training program, counselor educators should:
provide candidates with information about what will be expected of them.
encourage candidates to screen the program to ensure a good fit.
place a great deal of emphasis on candidates’ GRE scores .
both a and b
The argument for teaching a multimodal, systematic, technically eclectic model in training programs is that:
the variety of techniques and strategies taught can be applied to a wide range of problems with diverse clients.
it gives the student an opportunity to specialize in one theoretical approach.
there are few bureaucratic constraints when teaching this type of approach.
the student can learn to diagnose clients to fit the basic concepts of the theory being taught.
Which of the following statements about competence is false?
Striving for competence is a lifelong endeavor.
Competence at one point in our career does not assure competence at a later time.
Practitioners cannot develop competence both as generalists and as specialists.
Being competent in one area of counseling does not mean that we are competent in other areas.
_________ represents the least degree of regulation of professional practice.
An argument put forth in favor of legislation to regulate the delivery of mental-health services is that:
professionalism builds up a rigid bureaucracy designed to protect the client.
the public is protected by setting minimum standards of service and holding professionals accountable.
there are as many certified charlatans as there are uncertified, competent practitioners.
it contributes to professional specializations that pit one against the other.
Within the counseling profession, a specialty is officially recognized when:
practitioners achieve either a specialty accreditation through a group or certification through a professional organization.
the practitioner receives a doctorate degree.
the counselor works in a specific area for at least two years.
there is state regulation of the practice of that particular counseling specialization.
Most professional organizations support efforts to
require pro bono work at the rate of at least 20% of the work week for all professionals.
write regulations that encourage competition.
make continuing education a mandatory condition of relicensing.
require personality tests from all practitioners to ensure that those who enter the field are in good mental health.
____________ is an organized system by which practitioners within a profession assess one another’s services.
Barriers to dismissing a student who demonstrates dysfunctional interpersonal behavior from a training program include:
lack of adequate procedures in place to support a dismissal decision.
concern about the heightened resistance or defensiveness in the trainee.
fear of legal reprisal by the trainee.
the potential for receiving criticism from other faculty members who were not involved in the trainee’s remediation.
All of the choices
Chaka, a new counselor trainee, appears to be emotionally stable and well-adjusted. One might say that she demonstrates:
borderline personality disorder.
Referring clients to other professionals is:
appropriate when counselors do not have the clinical training or expertise to work with certain clients.
unethical since it leaves the client feeling abandoned.
indicative of poor character.
illegal in some states.
None of the choices
In order to apply our knowledge and skills competently,
we must be perfectly healthy.
we must attend to our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being.
self-care routines must be rigidly adhered to on a daily basis.
All of the choices.
Even though mental health professionals may not intend to harm clients, ________________________ often is a major contributing factor in causing harm.
lack of competence
unconscious impulses of an aggressive nature
participation in a training program that is not CACREP accredited
a decreased emphasis on ethics in training programs
According to the American Counseling Association, counselors practice only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their
education and training.
state and national professional credentials.
appropriate professional experience.
All of the choices.
To qualify as a substance abuse counselor, the CACREP (2009) standards identify specific knowledge, skills, and practices in all of the following areas except
counseling, prevention, and intervention.
diversity and advocacy.
research and evaluation.
None of the choices.
When a practitioner has a license, he or she is
competent to work with all populations.
competent to work with most, but not all, populations.
not competent to work with all populations.
finally exempt from having his or her competence evaluated.
_________________________ is a developmentally informed process that provides useful feedback during one’s training and throughout one’s professional career.
Both a and b
Those who are responsible for educating and training mental health professionals are ethically and professionally obligated to
focus exclusively on mentoring trainees.
Invest all of their efforts into mentoring trainees as well as being advocates for them and their clients.
balance their roles as advocate and mentor of trainees with their gatekeeping role.
focus exclusively on their gatekeeping responsibilities.
When therapists extend the boundaries of their practice, or when they branch out into an area requiring specialty competence, they should
be sufficiently prepared if they read books and journal articles pertaining to the new specialty area.
seek consultation with a competent practitioner.
return to graduate school and receive another degree.
gain competence on their own before consulting with other professionals.
Researchers recommend that students be taught ways of implementing wellness strategies into their daily lives
in a manner similar to the way they are taught to implement techniques into their counseling practice.
by having them read self-help books.
via PowerPoint lecture.
by asking them to meditate on a daily basis.
Training programs have a responsibility to
honor their commitment to the students they admit.
protect future consumers who will be served by those who graduate.
screen candidates for their appropriateness.
All of the choices.
Dr. Geller is a faculty member in a training program that graduates trainees who he believes are incompetent. He has tried to address these issues with the program administrators and faculty; however, to no avail. Dr. Geller
should make the conflict known to the institution and then adhere to his ethical duties.
should conform to the program’s standards since he is employed there and needs to cooperate with his colleagues.
should get trainees to complain to the program administrators about the low standards.
None of the choices.
In most training programs, students are expected to
engage in appropriate self-disclosure and participate in various self-growth activities.
disclose their deepest and darkest secrets.
All of the choices.
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