Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



competencies, child and adolescent, standards

Subject Area

Clinical Supervision, Counseling, Counselor Education, Mental Health Counseling


The ACA 2014 Code of Ethics clearly states the mandate for counselor competence in C.2.a. It is noted that “Counselor practice only within the boundaries of their competence, based on their education, training, supervised experience, state and national credentials, and appropriate professional experience” (p. 8). Given the importance of competencies, ethical standards, and the emphasis on best practice, the paucity of these factors in regard to training and supervision for counselors working with child and adolescent populations is concerning. This article offers a conceptualization of the culture of childhood leading to the need for cultural competency. It outlines information specific to counselors working with a child and adolescent population and is a call to action for the field of counseling.



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