About This Career
Counsels and advises 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.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and Mental Health Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Maintains confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.
- Encourages clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.
- Assesses patients for risk of suicide attempts.
- Prepares and maintains all required treatment records and reports.
- Counsels clients or patients, individually or in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, or making changes.
- Guides clients in the development of skills or strategies for dealing with their problems.
- Performs crisis interventions to help ensure the safety of the patients and others.
- Performs crisis interventions with clients.
- Fills out and maintains client-related paperwork, including federal- and state-mandated forms, client diagnostic records, and progress notes.
- Develops and implements treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge.