Recent development of counseling internationally has begun to present counselors and counselor educators from countries like the US, where counseling has had many years to mature, the opportunity to consider working in the various Asian counseling communities. The experiences of the author in Asia have provided insights into strategies for developing opportunities in the region. Counseling is assumed by most Westerners to be fairly young across most of Asia compared to Western civilizations. However, there is significant variation both in the date of introduction of counseling to various Asian societies and the original purpose for the awakening of those societies to the need for counselors. The American counselor or consultant should be prepared to present in areas of expertise that are most likely to resonate with needs of the attending populations. Areas of interest usually arise from either emergent crises such as tsunamis or earthquakes or from areas of deficiencies in training or skills acquisition.
LEARNING THE ROPES OF COUNSELING AND CONSULTING IN ASIA Louis Downs Career Planning and Adult Development Journal; Winter 2008/200
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