John J. Lemoncelli, Ed. D.
Professional Portfolios are an organized collection of materials from courses and other experiences during your academic coursework and field learning opportunities (Mellot, et al, 1997). During the last fifteen years educators have encouraged students to collect samples of their work to demonstrate their individual talents and skills. Portfolio development is now commonplace in undergraduate programs in elementary and secondary education throughout the United States. Less common is the use of Portfolio's in graduate programs in counseling. However, it is the opinion of this writer that the development and presentation of a Professional Portfolio will enhance the counselors ability to demonstrate what he/she has done or is doing to reach his/her professional goals.
Professional Portfolio building, according to Martin (1999) means engaging in a process that results in a product. The process involves five major steps. First, you select a personal or professional goal. Second, you think about how your professional experience relates to that goal. Third, you collect actual times/documents that could demonstrate what you have done (or are doing) to reach your goal. Fourth, you decide which items among your collection best illustrate your achievement of our progress toward your goal.
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