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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Explain the impact that public policies have on the roles and responsibilities of clinical mental health counsellors working in diverse communities. Be sure to discuss the roles and responsibilities of counsellors providing services to clients of diverse ages, backgrounds, and exceptional abilities, including strategies for differentiated interventions. (How do counsellors ensure that interventions "fit" for diverse clients?)

Explain how the policies of professional, governmental, and accrediting organizations have impacted the practice of clinical mental health counsellor.

How do managed care policies impact the work of a Clinical mental Health counsellor?

What is resilience? How can clinical mental health counsellors promote resilience in their work with clients and communities?

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The mental health counselor typically practices as a remedial counselor, and thus, aims to assist in ameliorating clients' difficulties as they emerge. According to research reported by Altekruse & Sexton, Clinically Certified Mental Health Counselors (CCMHC) respondents reported that their major role was to diagnose and treat clients (1). These results reinforced a study by West, Hosie, and Mackey (2), which found that mental health agencies often require and/or expect mental health counselors to diagnose and treat as well as to perform duties that are consistent with the medical model. In October 1997 the American Counseling Association (ACA) adopted the following definition of professional counseling: ?The Practice of Professional Counseling: The application of mental health, psychological, or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic intervention strategies, that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology?. This definition establishes guidelines for the official ACA role of counseling and seems to endorse a professional that works with the normal population as well as with those with pathology (3).

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Discusses the major role of clinical mental health counselors when working in multicultural or diverse communities and how public policies can impact these roles.

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