General Information:

  • A bachelor’s degree in human services prepared individuals for entry-level positions in the helping professions
  • A master’s degree in counseling, social work, occupational therapy or related field, in addition to appropriate professional licensure, is usually necessary to provide therapy and for advancement to supervisory or administrative positions
  • Complete practicum experiences and internships to determine suitability for the helping professions and to gain exposure to various practice settings and clients
  • Candidates should possess empathy for others, an appreciation for diversity and an interest in social change
  • Gain experience with a diverse range of clients and client systems including individuals, families, groups, communities and minorities

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/TitleVI/TitleIX/Secion 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.


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