Counselor Professionalism

As professionals, it is important that counselors master diverse interpersonal and academic skills.

Professional Writing

Professional writing is an important skill for counselors, as they are tasked with writing case notes, client conceptualizations, treatment plans, reports, and a range of other documents. Effective writing can help to demonstrate that one is competent when faced with legal and/or ethical complaints.

Counselors generally follow the APA Style Manual (American Psychological Association, 2010) when writing.

APA Style External Web Resources

6th Edition of the APA Style Manual

  • The official website for APA Style, the publishers of the APA Style Manual. We highly suggest you purchase a copy of the manual.

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) APA Formatting & Style Guide

  • This is a fantastic free resource that contains extensive information on and examples of APA formatting and style.

APA Templates

These Microsoft Word templates contain pre-made styles that are congruent with APA Style.

Microsoft Word APA Template

University of Northern Colorado APA Dissertation Template