Assesses and evaluates individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provides individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and Mental Health Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Collects information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.
- Counsels individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.
- Documents patient information including session notes, progress notes, recommendations, and treatment plans.
- Develops therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, or needs.
- Supervises interns, clinicians in training, and other counselors.
- Advises clients on how they could be helped by counseling.
- Analyzes data, such as interview notes, test results, or reference manuals, to identify symptoms or to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.
- Consults with other professionals, agencies, or universities to discuss therapies, treatments, counseling resources or techniques, and to share occupational information.
- Evaluates the results of counseling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments.
- Refers clients to specialists or to other institutions for noncounseling treatment of problems.