EBCC advocates for and supports European countries in their efforts to develop a strong counseling profession — from the establishment of practice standards and procedures to the creation of a national certification system. EBCC promotes:
- The value of counseling.
- Professionalism in counseling.
- Quality assurance in counseling practice.
- Public awareness of quality counseling practice.
- The value of culturally sensitive counseling.
- Leadership in credentialing.
Aligned with its mission, EBCC works to:
- Create standards of counseling practice and procedures.
- Create national credentialing systems.
- Coordinate and foster counseling certification in Europe.
- Develop training and professionalism in Europe.
- Mentor national leaders in the counseling profession.
- Advocate for the counseling profession.
The practice of professional counseling is the application of mental health, psychological or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic intervention strategies, that address wellness, personal growth or career development, as well as pathology. A professional counseling specialty is narrowly focused, requiring advanced knowledge in the field, and founded on the premise that all professional counselors must first meet the requirements for the general practice of professional counseling.
(Definition adopted by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Board of Directors, November 1997)