What skills and qualities does it take to be an exceptional youth counsellor?

October 31, 2006 7:34am CST
I am applying for a position as a Youth Counsellor but I don't have any formal qualifications in this field. However, I've been working with youth and guiding them for several years in matters of educational opportunities, career options, personality development, and the like. Those persons whom I've guided tell me that their interactions with me have been of help to them. But I have not analysed why these interactions have been helpful, and what qualities/ skills have contributed to these outcomes.
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