Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
I. David Welch & Len Jennings
The credentials and credentialing processes described in this entry are recognitions that a practitioner voluntarily seeks. They provide indications of advanced training and skill as well as evidence that the practitioner has passed certain examinations. All of the credentials described are obtained after a degree has been completed and, in many instances, after a license to practice has been obtained. Credentialing informs the public that counselors not only adhere to a code of ethics and have met minimum requirements of education and experience but have completed advanced training, submitted their professional work for peer review, and/or successfully passed postdegree and postlicensing examinations. The counseling profession demonstrates to the public that the profession is dedicated to setting and meeting higher, self-imposed standards through these credentialing efforts. The National Certified Counselor (NCC) is the principal credential of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Established in 1982, the NBCC is an independent ...