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What are the advantages of joining a professional counseling organization?
Being formally recognized as an expert professional in your field. Gaining professional status often helps get a more senior and higher paid job. You can mix with others in your profession, both socially and professionally, while getting support in lifelong learning and training.
What is the purpose of professional counseling organizations?
A professional association (also called a professional body, professional organization, or professional society) seeks to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest.
What are the importance and benefits of joining and belonging to a professional counseling organization?
Joining an association provides members with a competitive advantage because they become active, informed members within their industry. Many association members who lead busy professional lives depend on their association to brief them on vital industry trends, new legislative rulings, and advances in technology.
You learn how to work with a team. Knowing how to work well with a group is an essential skill for any career. Being in an organization teaches you how to do this by putting you in situations where you are required to take advice from others, as well as give your own.
Another benefit is the opportunity to network and to build your network--meeting people, making connections, and building relationships. Because you’re all part of the same organization, the people you meet have a few of the same interests as you, and their connections may be valuable.
You’ll get practical experience in a safe environment. Participating in an organization based around your professional area of interest gives you professional contacts. Just by attending meetings, you may obtain some of the Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) you need to meet ongoing licensure requirements.
The professional counseling organizations that Counseling Washington recommends have both national and have local state chapters: chose correct type, and join both national and State Chapters
2. Washington Mental Health Counselors Asociation https://wmhca.org/ Washington Mental Health Counselors Association (WMHCA) is the professional organization working exclusively to meet the needs of Licensed Mental Health Counselors in Washington State. WMHCA is chartered through the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), our national professional organization.
3. The Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT) https://networks.aamft.org/washington/ a statewide Independent Affiliate (formally a division of AAMFT) that provides members with networking and educational events, state advocacy, and the opportunity to connect with other members online.
4. American Psychological Association https://www.apa.org/