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