Due to the somewhat abstract topic of this Assignment, you are asked to present your thoughts as a reflective journal entry. Regular reflection through journaling is a common practice for counselors, and the American Counseling Association (2010) considers journaling to be a cognitive wellness strategy. Note that this Assignment is assessed according to the criteria in the Assignment and Final Project Rubric with the exception of APA format. Journals are intended to be informal; APA format is not expected in journal assignments.
To prepare for this journal:
Review the Learning Resources, including the “Final Project Overview” document.
Think about the positive impacts of entering the field of mental health counseling and starting this degree program.
Consider how getting your degree and becoming a counselor may impact you and your loved ones, your career, and your larger community in the future.
The journal entry (1–2 pages)
Explain the potential impacts your experiences in this program and becoming a mental health counselor may have on your personal and professional life.
In your explanation, identify the one main positive thing you hope to get out of this experience.