Counsels and advises individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and Mental Health Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Completes and maintains accurate records or reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, or other required information.
- Counsels clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
- Interviews clients, reviews records, and confers with other professionals to evaluate individuals' mental and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.
- Develops client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
- Reviews and evaluates clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.
- Intervenes as an advocate for clients or patients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
- Coordinates counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers.
- Modifies treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.
- Attends training sessions to increase knowledge and skills.
- Participates in case conferences or staff meetings.