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Some Important Core Qualities of Counseling Professionals: A Personal Perspective

Norman C. Gysbers


The purpose of this article is to share with you my ideas about what I consider to be important core qualities of professionals working within the field of counseling. These ideas come from 55 years in the field working as a counselor, counselor educator, researcher, writer, consultant, and an active and involved professional association member. Throughout these years I have worked with novices in the field as well as with experienced professionals and all the individuals in between.

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