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
Edward Anthony Colozzi
Rather than continuing as a salaried employee at a college or agency position, some counselors choose to establish a private career counseling practice and engage in contract or consulting work. Contract work can be very fulfilling, financially rewarding, and provide tremendous freedom to develop and experiment with numerous interventions while focusing on preferred niches that match one's highest passions. Success ultimately depends on discipline, setting priorities, and having a measured sense of risk, adventure, and entrepreneurship. A main motivation for many private practitioners that probably influences them to engage in contract work is the opportunity and freedom to concentrate primarily on individual counseling activities with clients and engage in those activities directly related to preferred interests. Counselors choose to be counselors because they enjoy the counseling relationship and believe that this one-on-one interaction can effect change and assist clients with their concerns. Individual counseling does work, and many counselors prefer ...