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Human Services and Counseling: Topics

Choosing a Topic

Whether you a given a list of topics to choose from or selecting a topic of choice, your selection is incredibly important.  For instance, if you select a topic that does not interest you or that is too broad or narrow, it will impact the finished product of your work.  Below are some strategies to utilize when deciding on a topic and some websites that contain topic lists for your particular area(s) of study.

  • Brainstorm
  • Select a topic that will have enough supporting information
  • Select a topic that will be manageable (i.e. not too broad or narrow)
  • Use keywords and synonyms effectively
  • Remember that topics with research must be malleable (subject to change throughout the research process)
  • Define your topic
  • State the context of your topic (Remember that the same topic when applied to different subject areas have different meanings
  • Understand your topic (Do reference research to ensure you know a little about what you are writing about before beginning the research process)
  • Use your topic to generate a thesis statement

Topics in Human Services and Counseling

Topics in Human Services and Counseling
Abnormal psychology
Ethics & Multicultural diversity
Life span development
Rehabilitation counseling
Assertiveness training
Family counseling
Marriage & Family
Rural mental health issues
Child & Adolescent intervention
Gender studies 
Play therapy
Marriage counseling
Sex counseling
Counseling theory
Gerontological interventions
Mass media in counseling
Short-term counseling
Cross-Cultural counseling
Group counseling
Mental health administration
Substance abuse
Cultural diversity
Group counseling
MentoringVocational guidance
Divorce counseling
Health counseling
Motivational interviewing 
Drug Abuse counseling
Human sexuality
Peer counseling
Educational counseling
Humanistic counseling
Philosophical counseling