Current Trends in Counseling Psychology

by Argosy University 1 October 2012

Top trends in counseling psychology include healthy job growth, technological advancements, and greater sensitivity to diversity issues. Careers in this field exist in a multitude of settings, including hospitals, universities, career counseling centers and private clinics. An Argosy University graduate in this field may go on to work in one of numerous positions as an administrator, licensed counselor, university professor, researcher or consultant.

Solid Industry Growth
The job outlook in counseling psychology is expected to be faster than average. Population growth will increase the number of students in schools and universities, generating greater opportunities for school and career counselors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, school and career counselors can expect 19 percent in employment growth from 2010 to 2020.

Additionally, times are changing and drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs rather than jail, increasing the need for counselors. Substance abuse and behavioral counselors can expect better than average job growth — with projections of 27 percent growth between 2010 and 2020.

Therapy via Technology
Technological advances are giving counselors new tools for reaching clients:

  • A counselor and client can communicate via e-mail or video chat.
  • Online discussion forums and chat rooms allow counselors to reach large groups of people.
  • Counselors publish helpful articles online for the masses to access at all hours.
  • Search engines assist clients to identify and contact the right practitioners.

Advances in technology have also made it convenient for aspiring counseling psychologists to obtain and advance their degrees in an accredited online program like Argosy University's Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology program.

Also, with the availability of online professional journals and other online publications, counseling students and professionals have access to the latest research in the field. Online professional networks also make it easy for counselors to confer with their colleagues and advance their professional development opportunities.

Diversity and Sensitivity
Increased sensitivity to people of all backgrounds is another significant trend in this field. Diversity of culture, religious or spiritual orientation, gender identity, and physical disabilities are some of the issues that require knowledge and in-depth understanding. Students of counseling psychology programs receive important training on how to work with and demonstrate sensitivity towards clients from diverse backgrounds.

The services of counselors are vital and in high demand. With increased job opportunities, technological tools and diversity training, students who enroll in an online program in this field can expect a fulfilling career in the years ahead.