As far as counselors go, I like Carl Rogers. He, despite not claiming to be a follower of Jesus, instituted the practice of unconditional positive regard. Essentially, this is how Christ treated the people He met. While most counselors today have moved beyond Rogers’ “person-centered therapy” model into other modalities, UPR is of utmost importance in the therapeutic relationship.
Since this is not an educational adventure, but rather a personal journal of sorts, why is this titled “counselor”?
Because I am awaiting contact from a Human Resources department to extend me an offer to be a substance abuse counselor at an agency in town. And I’m incredibly excited. It’s not for an internship, but rather a paid position which I expect to double as an internship in order for me to complete my Master’s degree. So, I’m excited. And it’s a better deal than most students have to endure (either no income or benefits while interning, or working a full time job and interning). This would be double dipping – and fully legal.