Gatekeeping

Counselor educators and supervisors are seen as gatekeepers for the profession, ensuring that learners who graduate from their programs are competent to provide counseling services to the public. In many graduate counseling programs, attending personal counseling sessions is a requirement. Counseling is also frequently required in situations where learners are demonstrating problem behaviors and have been placed in a remediation program.

Do you believe personal therapy should be a requirement for learners who are preparing to become professional counselors? Why, or why not?

Support your ideas with references to specific ethical standards and to a minimum of two peer-reviewed articles. Follow APA sixth edition style and formatting guidelines in your post.