MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Counsel and advise individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health, with an emphasis on prevention. May help individuals deal with a broad range of mental health issues, such as those associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; or aging.

OTHER JOB TITLES

Behavior Analyst, Behavior Support Specialist (BSS), Case Manager, Clinician, Correctional Counselor, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Therapist, Therapist

JOB TASKS

  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients’ treatment.

  • Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.

  • Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, or tests.

  • Assess patients for risk of suicide attempts.

  • Fill out and maintain client-related paperwork, including federal- and state-mandated forms, client diagnostic records, and progress notes.

ANNUAL SALARY

  • Workers on average earn $22,41/hr. – $46,620 annual.
  • Projected Growth (2019-2029) Much faster than average (8% or Higher)
  • Projected job openings (2019-2029) 39,400

REQUIRED EDUCATION

Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree

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