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Mental health counselors work as primary mental health caregivers for their patients. Duties of a mental health counselor include conducting mental health assessments, developing individualized treatment plans, leading individual or group therapy sessions, running preventative mental wellness classes or workshops and making treatment referrals. Mental health counselors may work for a school, for a government department or an agency, as part of a social outreach agency or for another entity.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Communication skills: Mental health counselors must have strong communication skills because they spend much of their time listening to and speaking with patients.
- Integrity: Mental health counselors must keep patients’ problems in confidence, and patients must be able to trust their expertise in treating sensitive problems.
- Interpersonal skills: Mental health counselors study and help individuals, so they must be able to work well with clients, patients, and other professionals.
- Observational skills: Mental health counselors study attitude and behavior. They must understand the possible meanings of facial expressions, body positions, actions, and interactions
- Patience: Mental health counselors must demonstrate patience because treating patients may take a long time.
- Problem-solving skills: Mental health counselors need problem-solving skills to collect information, evaluate programs, and find treatments or solutions to mental and behavioral problems.
The requirements to become a mental health counselor, in all states, include a master’s degree and a state license.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You’re interested in therapy and counseling.
- You like working with, communicating with, and teaching people.
- You want to help people.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?