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This is a discussion on A Counselor Wishing to Be a Counselor within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Hi everyone! I'm going to be a freshman in college in a few months and I feel deeply connected to ...

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    A Counselor Wishing to Be a Counselor

    Hi everyone! I'm going to be a freshman in college in a few months and I feel deeply connected to becoming an ABA therapist. ABA, or applied behavior analysis, is a sort of therapy used commonly for individuals with autism. I read Mark Haddon's "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" about a year ago and immediately felt drawn to Christopher, the protagonist child in the book who is on the autism spectrum. For years I wanted to be a lawyer, then I realized INFJs aren't really lawyers and it wouldn't make me fulfilled at all, haha. Have any of you had experience with ABA? What do you suggest I study in college for it? Or, do you have any personal experiences with autism in your life?
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    I have some experience with ABA and I have an autistic sister. I think it can be both a rewarding and draining profession, but honestly all the professions where helping people is the focus are that way. I think if people are drawn to a certain path, they should at least explore it. Have you had the opportunity to work with or observe someone who works in that field. I recommend to people to spend some time "interning" in a prospective college path before they get too far in the course work and realize they don't actually like a particular career they just spend years prepping for. The coursework could be from a couple of different angles, there is not one way to get there. The people I know who work in the field you are describing came from a special education background and then did it as a master's program. You could easily approach it from a psychology background as well, but either way if you are considering being a therapist of some kind, you are considering a mater's degree or at least post bachelor's work. Good luck and I am happy to answer more specific questions if you have them.

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    Thanks so much for taking the time to respond! This summer I am definitely going to do volunteer work and see how I feel. Im currently double majoring in psychology and childhood education and I thought I'd either get my masters in ABA or special education. I am looking forward to studying in college and taking the classes I want to take, and I look forward to getting as much schooling as I can in whatever path I choose. I just feel very drawn to this profession; i want to come across it the right way.

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    Sounds great!

    I thought I'd put my hand up because I'm looking at starting a Theraputic Arts course (leading to be a child psychotherapist) in October :) I was also thinking bout working with autistic children too actually. I've had a few friends and an ex who are spectrum, and they all had things to say about their experience as autistic children and what support they received if any.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Counseling typically requires a Master's to get a license, though there are some agencies that recruit for Bachelor's level. Psychology is a good Bachelor's level major, while Master's you can look into Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Social Work. Specific techniques like ABA, EMDR, or Equine Therapy are usually special certifications or seminars to pursue during or after you have your Master's, though you can also ask your degree program if they offer training in them too.


     

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