Outline and describe the necessary steps to create a mental health counseling agency in your community.
In each step of this process, be sure to discuss how diversity (age, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and exceptional abilities) impact the needs of the population you are working to serve, access to services, effective delivery, marketing, funding, et cetera. Refer to pages 212–213 of your text and support your points with additional peer-reviewed references (2–3 pages).
a. Describe your community in terms of population (include diverse populations, concerns related to social issues, crime, the economy, employment opportunities, et cetera) and the resources currently available.
b. Discuss how you might implement the following steps related to program development and operation in your community:
1. Conduct a needs assessment:
I. Identify the population and specific issues (diversity) that need services.
II. What types of services are needed?
2. Identify program goals and objectives in terms of measurable objectives related to prevention, education, wellness, resilience, and advocacy with diverse populations.
I. Terminal program outcomes (immediately recognizable).
II. Ultimate program outcomes (most enduring).
3. Design and implement the program:
I. According to the community’s profile, what access considerations do you need to make in terms of hours of operation, physical accessibility, fees, and funding for services, et cetera?
II. Discuss how you would encourage consultation among counselors within the program. Why is this important and how would it take place? Discuss how you would encourage consultation and collaboration with professionals outside of your agency? Why is this important and how would it take place?
III. How would you market your services in the community?
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