Cranford, N.J. (PRWEB) April 11, 2014
The New Jersey Counseling Association today announced that April is Counseling Awareness Month. Roughly one in four Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, and about one in five Americans experience a mood disorder such as depression at some point in the course of their life, according to the American Counseling Association. Given the increasing number of people afflicted by various forms of mental illness, the need to drive awareness of the services of Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) is more prevalent than ever.
“With so many recent tragedies attributed to individuals afflicted by mental illness, it’s vital to recognize the work performed by Licensed Professional Counselors,” said Jason Heymer, LPC and President of the New Jersey Counseling Association. “New Jersey is especially lucky to have many experienced, highly skilled mental health professionals offering their services throughout the state.”
More than 120,000 professional counselors are licensed across the country, under licensure laws enacted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. LPC education and training standards for licensure are on par with those of the other two master’s level mental health providers (clinical social workers and marriage and family therapists). You can learn more about Licensed Professional Counselors or search for a NJ-based counselor at http://www.njcounseling.org.
About the New Jersey Counseling Association
The New Jersey Counseling Association is a state branch of the American Counseling Association. The NJCA mission is to advance the counseling profession through professional development for counselors and students, as well provide education to the public about licensed counselors in New Jersey.